Magister Magnus Biographies

The Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education


the following distinguished educators as

Magister Magnus

with gratitude for exceptional vision, service, and dedication

for the cause of classical Lutheran education


2013: Rev. Dr. Steve Hein


Dr. Hein currently serves as Director of Concordia Institute for Christian Studies, an organization that offers auxiliary educational services to Lutheran congregations and church gatherings across the country.  He also serves as associate pastor at Shepherd of the Springs Lutheran Church and affiliate professor of Theology and Ethics at Colorado Christian University. He has previously served for over two decades as a professor of Theology at Concordia University, River Forest.

He earned his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Historical Theology from St. Louis University.

He is a contributing editor to the theological journal Logia:  A Journal of Lutheran Theology and has published many scholarly articles over the years.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education.

He has been in demand as speaker and essayist in the Church at conventions, pastoral conferences, and various congregational groups throughout the country.  He is a frequent guest on the syndicated radio program, Issues Etc.  His special areas of interest focus on classical, Christian education, and the shape and challenges of faith-life and vocation in the Church and the world.

Associate Pastor, Shepherd of the Springs Lutheran Church
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Director, Concordia Institute for Christian Studies
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Member, Board of Directors, Consortium of Classical & Lutheran Education

Headmaster, Shepherd of the Springs Lutheran Church & High School
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Doctor of Philosophy, Historical Theology, St. Louis, Missouri
Master of Theology, Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
Master of Divinity, Systematic Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois
Bachelor of Science, Business Management/Accounting, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

2015: Rev. William Heine

Rev. William Heine most recently served as Associate Pastor and Headmaster at Memorial Lutheran School, Houston, Texas.  He graduated from Concordia Teachers College (1978) in Seward, Nebraska, and from Concordia Seminary (1986) in St. Louis, Missouri.  In his thirty years of ministry he has served as a parish pastor, an elementary, middle school, and high school teacher, a school headmaster, and the Wyoming District Education Chairman (1998-2008) where he was instrumental in promoting classical education among the District’s Lutheran schools.  He was a founding board member of the Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education ( and in 2015 was awarded the CCLE’s prestigious Magister Magnus Award for his twenty years of leadership in promoting classical education in Lutheran circles.  He and his wife Melinda have four grown children, all of whom are serving or have served active duty in the United States Armed Forces, and four granddaughters.

2016: Rev. Robert Schaibley


The Rev. Robert W. Schaibley is senior pastor of Shepherd of the Springs Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs. Prior to his arrival at Shepherd of the Springs in 1996, Pastor Schaibley served for over nine years as senior pastor at Zion Lutheran Church & School, an urban congregation in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He has an A.B., Economics degree from The University of Michigan. Pastor Schaibley graduated with a M.Div. degree from the Springfield Seminary and was ordained into the office of the holy ministry in 1972. He did further graduate studies in Philosophical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield IL, and he reached PhD Candidate status in Systemic Counseling at the University of Wyoming.

He has served parishes in Illinois, Michigan, Wyoming, Indiana, and Colorado as well as on the faculty of Concordia, River Forest.

Pastor Schaibley and his wife Eunice have seven grown children and nine grandchildren.

He served a visionary role in the early years of the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education.