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Ingo Sorke – Biography [updated Dec. 2015]


Short Version


Ingo Sorke was born in Marburg, Germany, and grew up in Bavaria and Stuttgart. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church at age 14. Coming to the United States in 1985 as an exchange student, Ingo first encountered Seventh-day Adventists in Keene, Texas. Although he once wrote a friend back in Germany that “I don’t think I will ever become a Seventh-day Adventist”, after a traumatic death in his host family, the attraction of a loving community, and much Bible study, Ingo was baptized just before he returned to Germany in 1986. He has studied theology in Germany and the U.S. and has pastored several churches in Texas. With a Ph.D. in New Testament (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Book of Revelation), he currently teaches Bible courses at Southwestern Adventist University with the philosophy that “To Educate is to Redeem”. He has been married for 23 years and enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage sons, especially ministering together in a new church plant. His favorite quote: “Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready” (EW 64).



Long Version

Ingo Sorke was born in Marburg, Germany, and grew up in Bavaria and Stuttgart. He was confirmed as a Lutheran at age 14. Ingo became a Seventh-day Adventist after coming to the United States as a foreign exchange student in 1985.


With an interest in health care, Ingo first majored in biology in Germany but then began theological studies at the Lutheran Seminary of Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, Germany (Latin, Greek, Hebrew). He completed his B.A. in Theology at Southwestern Adventist University in 1992, and pastored several churches in the Texas Conference (Houston Gulfhaven; Galveston; San Antonio Highland Hills). During his Master of Divinity studies at Andrews University he and his wife spent a study semester in the Middle East. From 1996-1999 Ingo was the Senior Pastor at Highland Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in San Antonio, Texas. He began his teaching ministry at Southwestern Adventist University in 2000 and recently completed a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. One of his mottos for teaching: “The times demand an intelligent, educated ministry” (5T 528). Certainly “To Educate is to Redeem”.


Elder Sorke has traveled to the Middle East and much of Eastern and Western Europe.


He is married to Nancy (Wallace). Their children are Kenton (18) and Kollin (16).


Readiness for the Second Coming is paramount. Ingo likes to read and study, be involved in pastoral ministry and spend time with his family in nature. He was an active member on the TOSC committee on ordination, and is a board member of Amazing Facts.


Since December 2014 the Sorkes are actively involved in a vibrant church plant in Cleburne, Texas: Country Life Seventh-day Adventist Church, where Ingo serves as Head Elder.