Pastor Ken Klaus, son and grandson of blacksmiths, was born in the small farming town of Chicago, Illinois in 1948. In 1970, Pastor married Pamela who had been a classmate from their parochial school. The Lord has blessed their union with three children: Kurt, who is a pastor in Mounds View, MN, Kirsten Lenzen, a primary grade school teacher, and Kristianna, an occupational therapist in Dallas.
Before becoming Lutheran Hour Speaker, Pastor Klaus was administrative pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. He has also served as a parish pastor in Minnesota, Illinois, and South Dakota.
For his work among the Lakota Indians of South Dakota, he was given a Sioux name by the granddaughter of Chief Red Cloud. From 1996 to 2000, he functioned as the International Pastoral Advisor for the International Lutheran Laymen’s League, the sponsoring organization of The Lutheran Hour.
Klaus has also authored an online study of Santa and another which demystifies the book of Revelation and makes it understandable for the common man.
Pastor Klaus holds a Master of Theology degree from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Ill., a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-seminary studies from Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Ind. In December of 2005, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Klaus has traveled globally and has hosted over 25 tours. This is his 3rd trip to the Passion Play. Next year he travels to Israel for the 13th time.
Pastor Klaus has broadcast from the Mid-East as well as Europe and travels frequently across North America. Using stories, parables, and common sense messages, Pastor Klaus is known for this one thing: he preaches Christ crucified and risen.