Ingo Sorke - Biography
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 (Eberhard-Karls-Universiät, Tübingen - Latin, Greek, Hebrew) and completed a B.A. in Theology at Southwestern Adventist University (1992). During his Master of Divinity studies (Andrews University) he and his wife spent a semester in the Middle East.
Pastoral ministry led him to the Houston Gulfhaven, Galveston, and San Antonio Highland Hills SDA churches, with a consistent attendance above membership.
Ingo completed a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009, and taught at Southwestern Adventist University for almost 20 years. His favorite mottos for teaching: “The times demand an intelligent, educated ministry” (5T 528), and “To Educate is to Redeem”.
The Sorkes have been involved in Country Life Seventh-day Adventist Church, a vibrant church plant in Cleburne, Texas, where Ingo served as Head Elder for several years with a focus on Soul-Searching | Soul-Winning.
Ingo currently ministers as a hospice chaplain for Elara Caring, helping (and simply loving) people from all walks of life in their final phase. The sun sets slowly, but the sudden darkness still startles us.
He enjoys Bible study, friends and family, nature, photography, and languages.
Ingo and Nancy have been married for over 27 years, and have two young adult sons.
First and Final Focus:
“Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready” (EW 64).