Magister Magnus Biographies

The Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education


the following distinguished educators as

Magister Magnus/Magistra Magna

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.


2017: Melinda K. Heine








The Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education Board of Directors is pleased to confer the distinguished Magistra Magna award to Mrs. Melinda Kae Heine for her exceptional vision, service, and dedication to the cause of classical Lutheran education.

During her undergraduate years at Concordia University – Seward, Nebraska, Melinda became disillusioned with progressive education and how much the secular understanding of education and children had crept in to our Lutheran institutions.  She subsequently became committed to the classical approach while working as the Coordinator of Reference Services at Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis.  “Being immersed in Lutheran history,” Melinda recalls, “I realized the great extent to which Lutheran schools had abandoned the Reformation classical model and orthodox theology and embraced Dewey and progressivism.”  Melinda credits the mentoring of CHI Director Dr. August Suelflow for this “re-discovery” of classical education, and she spent years researching, looking at curriculum, reading books, and examining other schools, e.g., Marva Collins and Westside Prep in Chicago.  She recalls that in those pre-Internet days, this was a huge undertaking!

In 1989, Melinda moved to Pagosa Springs, CO, with her husband, Rev. Bill Heine, and her children.  She homeschooled for several years while planning for a classical parish school.  This school, Our Savior Lutheran School, opened in the fall of 1992.  It was a one-room school with 16 students grades K – 6th.  Melinda was the sole teacher and administrator of this school.  The next year, Rev. Heine became the headmaster, 7th and 8th grades were added, and Latin began in the lower level.  After two years, the enrollment had grown to 56 students.  Melinda received the Rocky Mountain District of the LCMS’ Lutheran Teacher of the Year award for the 1992 – 1993 school year.

In 1994, the Heines moved to Alberta, Canada.  Here, Melinda served on the school board to help St. Matthew Lutheran School transition from a progressive school to a more classical Lutheran approach.  This transition was very controversial and difficult, as classical education had not been widely accepted or adopted in the United States or in Canada.  Over the next two decades, Melinda, alongside her husband, continued to spread the message of the benefits of classical Lutheran education in Sheridan, WY; Concordia, MO; and Houston, TX.  Melinda has made the case for classical Lutheran education at speaking engagements in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, and Canada.  She has also volunteered at the Alberta-British Columbia District Archives and the St. Paul Historical Society Archives in Concordia, MO; has served on school boards and curriculum committees, has served as a site visitor to multiple classical Lutheran schools seeking accreditation from the CCLE, and is the co-author with Cheryl Swope for the CCLE’s Curriculum Resource Guide.

The early vision of dedicated individuals, including Melinda K. Heine, has produced an expansion of classical Lutheran education in all of these areas over the past three decades:

  • Classical Lutheran schools
  • Classical Lutheran home schools
  • CCLE School Accreditation approved by the LCMS
  • CCLE’s own teacher certification
  • New classical Lutheran print resources for families and schools
  • Annual CCLE conferences with accompanying classical Lutheran children’s programs
  • Emerging Concordia University programs in the classics and in classical Lutheran pedagogy
  • Lutheranism and the Classics conferences at Concordia Theological Seminary
  • Dozens of new Lutheran radio interviews on classical Lutheran education
  • An annual CCLE academic journal, the Classical Lutheran Education Journal,
  • An online classical Lutheran academy

The Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education Board of Directors is honored to confer the Magistra Magna award to Melinda K. Heine.