Our Pastor:  Justin R. Schmidt

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Marion and I have been married for 16 years.  We have 4 children, our adopted daughter Amanda who is an adult, Wolfram 13, Lilia 11, and Augustine 9. 

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA but have lived in Toronto, Canada, Virginia, Michigan, Missouri, Wyoming, North Dakota and now Illinois. 

I studied at Virginia Tech University for a year before transferring to Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI where I earned a BS in Biblical Studies.  It is there where I met Marion, who was studying Elementary Education.  Following graduation I attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO where I earned my Masters of Divinity.  After Marion graduated, we were married in 1999 and lived in St. Louis while I continued to attend Seminary.  During this time we lived in Gillette, Wyoming for the year of my Vicarage.  

I received my first call in 2002 to a dual parish in Devil’s Lake and Lakota, ND.  During our 6.5 years in ND I served as a Chaplin in the ND National Guard in conjunction with parish ministry, followed by a year of full time Chaplin service. 

In 2008 we moved to Thomasboro, IL where I served as parish pastor at Peace Lutheran Church and Pre-School. 

In 2011 I took a secular job as a Long Gun Production Manager at Altamont Company in Thomasboro, IL.  I remained active in my ministry by serving churches in central IL by providing pulpit supply.  During this time I became Assistant Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osman, IL and still continued to provide regular pulpit supply at Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello and surrounding LC-MS congregations.

I have been serving at Christ and St. Luke Lutheran Churches since April 2013.