about the author

photo: Beth Franke, 8/6/07

I enjoyed a cup of coffee at Spinney's Restaurant in Maine, overlooking Popham Beach at the mouth of Kennebec River.


Gilbert A. Franke
130 N Harris Street
Bellville TX  77418

I am a retired Lutheran (LCMS) pastor  living in Bellville, Texas,  married to Beth Walters Franke, a retired public school librarian.  My hobbies include sailing, amateur radio (WB5RFQ), traveling, reading, and writing, especially poetry.

I grew up in Uvalde, TX.  and graduated from Uvalde High School ('64), Texas Lutheran University, Seguin TX ('68), and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis MO ('72).  I have served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Harrold TX. ('72-'77); Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brenham (William Penn) TX. ('77-'93); and until retirement, St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, Bishop, TX. ('93-'09). I recently served 2 1/2 years as part-time interim at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sealy TX. ('13-'15). I continue to do pulpit fill as needed.