I was born to Wesley and Betty Janke on July 2, 1950 at Patuxent Naval Hospital
in Maryland. Dad was a World War II Navy man. My two brothers Wesley and
Chris, my sister Janice and myself grew up in the nice town of Carlstadt, NJ.
I graduated high school in 1968 during the height of the Vietnam War. In 1970
I enlisted in the Air Force. I married my high school sweetheart Linda Morse and
shipped out to Vietnam after Basic Training, Security Police School, Patrol Dog
School, and Combat Preparedness Course. I was in Vietnam for just one year but
it was life changing.
Later I went to Bible College and entered the ministry. I have been a school
teacher and pastor of both small and large churches during the past 40 years.
I have four wonderful children including their spouses; Lori and her husband
David who is also my Associate Pastor, John and his wife Joy, Matthew and
his wife Jeannie, my youngest Jerad. We have twelve beautiful grandchildren;
Cheylla, Brieanna, McKenzie, Benjamin, Stephen, John Jr., Madison, Rosie,
Cole, Carter, Abigail, and Greyson. Baby Addyson is in heaven. I am a chaplain
for both the Vietnam Security Police Association and the Vietnam Dog Handlers
Association and proud to have served with them. The Lord has blessed me in
every way a man can be blessed.
Pastor Stephen Janke
Community Baptist Church
Garfi eld, NJ