Our Pastor

Pastor Daniel Speckhard grew up as the oldest of four siblings in Valparaiso, Indiana.  In 2011 he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Classics from Valparaiso University, which is also where he met his wife Erika.  More recently, Daniel graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a Master of Divinity degree.  He then received a divine call to serve as pastor for the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey, Illinois, and began serving here in July of 2015.  In addition to studying theology and practicing pastoral care, Daniel enjoys reading novels and is an avid sports fan.

Erika Speckhard (formerly Erika Farwig) was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She attended and graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor's of Science and Education degree in 2012.  Since graduating, she has served as a middle school teacher in a variety of settings.  Erika is also very interested in singing and acting.

In May of 2016, Daniel and Erika were blessed by the birth of their first child, Jane Laura Speckhard. In June of 2018, they were blessed by the arrival of another daughter, Madeline Sarah Speckhard. They are overjoyed to be starting their family in Godfrey, and are very much looking forward to watching their daughters grow up among the people at Faith.