About the pastor


Our Pastor
We have one called pastor at our church. His name is Timothy Winkel, and he has served here since August, 2007. He and his wife, Dori, have been blessed with three children, all married and living in three different states. He received his degree in 1982 from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, the only pastor seminary of the WELS. He has served previously at congregations in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado.

A message from the Pastor

We live in a world filled with turmoil. As we read the news or watch TV, we hear about unrest in the world and the threat of bloodshed. We have troubles in our country and morals are at a new low. We need a Savior.

As we look at our lives, we see stress and trouble. Maybe we have earthly success, but it isn’t as wonderful as we had hoped. Perhaps there is a lack of purpose in our lives. We need a Savior.

We all struggle with the effects of sin. Maybe your struggle is in family relationships. Maybe your struggle is job related. Maybe your conscience aches from some glaring mistakes. We need a Savior.

At Grace Lutheran Church, we look to that Savior for forgiveness and peace. Only Jesus can give the comfort that brings joy to life. Through the Word of God that you’ll receive at our church, you’ll find Jesus and his help.

In my eight years of training for the ministry, the Word of God in its original languages was the main subject. We were taught to apply the Word to people’s lives in sermons and in personal counseling.

In more than twenty-five years as a Lutheran pastor, I’ve made thousands of visits with people at home & in the hospital. I have helped hundreds of hurting people with counseling from the Word of God.

Pastor Timothy & Dori WinkelMy wife Dori has a degree in elementary education and continues to substitute teach in Muskegon County Schools. We are Christian parents to three fine children.

I wanted you to know a little bit about us. But above all, I want you to know Jesus as your Savior. I want you to see him as the solution to all life’s problems. The purpose of our church is to help people like you to see Jesus as our Shepherd and Savior.

God’s blessings to you!
Pastor Timothy J. Winkel


Questions & Answers

  • You are asking about content from Revelation chapter six. In that part of Revelation, the apostle John is relaying information about what we can expect to see taking place on this earth until the day the Lord returns visibly and in glory. What we can expect (Revelation 6:9-11) is that followers of the Lord will be persecuted. The apostle John knew about persecution firsthand. When he penned Revelation, he was an exile on the island of Patmos because of his faith (Revelation 1:9). We learn in Revelation 6:9-11 that some Christians will experience the most severe form of persecution: paying for their testimony about Jesus with their lives. Jesus provided similar information in Matthew 24:9. Some of the first recipients of the book of Revelation (those who belonged to the churches listed in chapters two and three) may have had family members or Christian friends who were killed for their faith. Did their martyrdom mean that they were to be pitied? Were those Christians who were killed for the faith now lacking anything? Not at all. They and all martyred followers of the Lord are described as being “under the altar” (Revelation 6:9). Think of the symbolism associated with altars in biblical times and altars in our churches today: altars symbolize the presence of God. Now think of the meaning of that vision in Revelation chapter six. Christians who had been killed for the faith are described as being under the altar of God in heaven. There is of course no need for an altar in heaven to symbolize the presence of God. Christians who die in the faith, no matter how their earthly lives end, enter the presence of God. But remember that Revelation was written for people still living on earth, so in this vision we find an altar in heaven that represents the presence of God. This vision in Revelation is packed with tremendous meaning and comfort. When Christians die, they enter the presence of God in heaven. They are not merely near an object—an altar—that represents the presence of God; they are in the presence of God. They are free from all spiritual enemies. They are safe and secure forever. This vision demonstrates the purpose of the book of Revelation: it is designed to provide comfort and strength to God’s people.

  • Unused wine from individual cups and the flagon can be stored in bottles and reused. I imagine your question concerns wine that remains in the chalice, the common cup. There is no prescribed way of disposing of that wine. Some churches have a sink with a drain that bypasses the regular wastewater system and instead deposits the wine on the ground outside the church. Other churches simply dispose of the leftover wine through a regular sink and drain. Churches will determine how they respectfully dispose of the element that was used in the sacrament.