OUR PASTOR:
            Pastor Pfingsten
 
Rev. Michael D. Pfingsten has been Zion's pastor since Nov. 11, 2012.
 
Born in Racine, WI, Pastor Pfingsten attended Lutheran schools for 21
straight years ... Kindergarten through Seminary! 
  
After graduating from Racine Lutheran High School, he went to Concordia
University in St. Paul, MN, receiving a B.A. in history.  Next he went to
Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN where he received his
MDiv. degree (also in history).  He was ordained in the summer of 1988.
 
His first parish was in southern Indiana (St. Paul, Jonesville, IN) where he
served from 1988-1994.  Next he served St. Paul Lutheran Church in
Harvard, IL (northern Illinois, 5 miles south of the Wisconsin border)
for 18 1/4 years (1994-2012). 
 
In 1986 he married Diana K. Wenndt, the sister of a college buddy who
now is also a Lutheran pastor. 
 
He and Diana have two sons: Michael A., who graduated from Northern Illinois
University as a music teacher, and Jonathan, who is a graduate of the University
of Illinois Urbana-Champagne and is a nuclear engineer in the Philadelphia area,
working for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  In 2005 a young man
named Rob Lunak came to live with them -- and came to call Pastor and Diana
"Dad and Mom."  Rob and his wife, Brooke, are Lutheran School Teachers
in Independence, MO.
 
In his 26+ years in the ministry Pastor Pfingsten has served in a variety of other
positions along with his parish ministry.  Most recently, before coming to Zion,
he was a Circuit Counselor in the Northern Illinois District and the Vice President
of the Board of Directors of Faith Lutheran High School in Crystal Lake, IL.  He
has served on several District and regional committees and was an LLL Zone
Pastoral Advisor and synodical convention delegate.
 
An avid (some say rabid) fan (and stockholder) of the Green Bay Packers, his
other hobbies are photography, photo and video editing, fishing and hunting
(bow, gun, and muzzleloader), and reading.