Rev. Michael D. Pfingsten has been Zion's pastor since Nov. 11, 2012.Born in Racine, WI, Pastor Pfingsten attended Lutheran schools for 21straight years ... Kindergarten through Seminary!After graduating from Racine Lutheran High School, he went to ConcordiaUniversity in St. Paul, MN, receiving a B.A. in history. Next he went toConcordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN where he received hisMDiv. degree (also in history). He was ordained in the summer of 1988.His first parish was in southern Indiana (St. Paul, Jonesville, IN) where heserved from 1988-1994. Next he served St. Paul Lutheran Church inHarvard, 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 whonow is also a Lutheran pastor.He and Diana have two sons: Michael A., who graduated from Northern IllinoisUniversity as a music teacher, and Jonathan, who is a graduate of the Universityof Illinois Urbana-Champagne and is a nuclear engineer in the Philadelphia area,working for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2005 a young mannamed 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 Teachersin Independence, MO.In his 26+ years in the ministry Pastor Pfingsten has served in a variety of otherpositions along with his parish ministry. Most recently, before coming to Zion,he was a Circuit Counselor in the Northern Illinois District and the Vice Presidentof the Board of Directors of Faith Lutheran High School in Crystal Lake, IL. Hehas served on several District and regional committees and was an LLL ZonePastoral Advisor and synodical convention delegate.An avid (some say rabid) fan (and stockholder) of the Green Bay Packers, hisother hobbies are photography, photo and video editing, fishing and hunting(bow, gun, and muzzleloader), and reading.