About Todd Benkert

Todd BenkertWelcome to my blog. These are my thoughts and conversation starters about how to live out the gospel and make Christ known in the real world. Feel free to comment, ask questions, or provide your own insights.

I am a former church planter and pastor and have ministered in Indiana and Kentucky. I currently serve in Northwest Indiana where I live with my wife and five children. I also teach for Liberty Divinity School where I have been assistant professor in their online program for over 10 years.

My educational background includes a BM from Belmont University and an MDiv and PhD in Christian Missions from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have served in various denominational roles on the state and local level as an advocate for North American church planting and for local church participation in global missions. I am actively involved in the orphan care movement and am an adoptive and foster parent. I am also striving to see more partnerships among believers across racial/ethnic lines. I have been involved in several church plants in Indiana and have served in short term missions projects both in North America and abroad.

My overwhelming desire is to learn how to live out my faith, be part of the fellowship that is His church, and participate in his mission to make His Son known throughout the world.


Read more of my articles at the SBCVoices blog.

2 thoughts on “About Todd Benkert

  1. RE: How to (and how not to minister to) those with Cancer

    Dear Pastor Benkert,

    I appreciated your post on ministering to those with Cancer. Having being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer since January of this year, I have a few that probably could be listed under some of the categories you already have listed. One of them is, under the NOT HELPFUL category: Pressure to have genetic testing and informing the recently diagnosed metatstatic cancer person all the names of the female relatives affected by your decision to have this testing done. Under the HELPFUL category: realizing that the person is overwhelmed with medical appointments, treatments, etc. and being gracious when they don’t get back to you with a thank- you note in what is perceived as a reasonable time. I don’t want to do Caringbridge and some people seem to want to know all the specifics. I don’t want to share all the specifics. I want to talk about something OTHER than cancer. I have found the following phrase helpful: “Please respect my ‘no’ ”

    Thank you so much for the list!

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