Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel followed up a B.A. in Business Marketing from Purdue University (1983) with a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University in 1987. Brian was elected to his current office in 2006 but has served the citizens of Porter County in the Prosecutor’s Office for the majority of his career.
Brian uses his legal training throughout the community. He coaches the Valparaiso High School Mock Trial Team and lectures for the Porter County Law Enforcement Vocational Program at Wheeler High School. In addition, Brian supervises law students in the Prosecutor Externship Program and is an adjunct professor of law at Valparaiso University, teaching Trial Advocacy. He and his wife Carleen have been members of Calvary since 1997, where Brian has taught both adult and high school classes. Currently, he is a Life Group leader.
Brian and Carleen live in Union Township with their two sons, Daniel and Nathaniel. He says that his sons, both exceptional students and talented musicians, are the pride and joy of his life. He is also fervent about the game of golf. Brian builds golf clubs, owns a ping-pong robot, and is known to his Calvary friends as “Gadget Gensel.”