grant is given in memory of Pastor John F. Brenner (1917-2011) and his
wife, Ruth H. Brenner (1922-2001), by friends and family.
Brenner served as a WELS pastor for forty-seven years, forty-one of
those in the Michigan District. Ruth was his faithful help meet
for their fifty-six years of marriage, during which time Pastor Brenner
served four congregations in three different states.
Mrs. Brenner held MLS and its special purpose of preparing future
pastors and teachers in high regard. They showed support for the
school by regular attendance at MLS functions, even in their retirement
years. They opened their home to the classmates of their children
and grandchildren for over four decades.
They both were grateful for God’s blessings through service to the church, and freely encouraged students towards ministry.
This grant was given for the first time in 2012.