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

  • Through the staff ministry program at Martin Luther College, individuals can receive training in the areas of outreach and assimilation, leadership, member care, parish education, administration, youth and family ministry, and parish music. Current position titles include the following: Minister of Music and Education, Minister of Family and Youth, Minister of Discipleship, Director of Christian Education, Family Minister, Director of Discipleship, Program Director, Minister of Music, Minister of Evangelism, Church Administrator, Minister of Administration, Deaconess, and Parish Nurse. Calling bodies define the scope of ministry for staff ministers. Women do serve as staff ministers. Calling bodies outline their responsibilities in keeping with the scriptural roles of men and women. This link will provide you with additional information on the program.

  • When Martin Luther made his courageous stand on God’s word at the Diet of Worms on April 18, 1521, he spoke in German and in Latin. Eyewitness accounts and transcripts of the proceedings vary. Some accounts include “Here I stand…” Others do not. All the accounts are in agreement with the substance of Luther’s words—that he upheld the authority of Scripture and that his conscience was captive to Scripture. Personally, as I think of that dramatic scene, I am happy to include that phrase in Luther’s speech. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, accompanied by Johann Schneider, nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. He also sent a copy of the Theses to Archbishop Albert of Mainz. Twentieth-century historians questioned whether Luther actually posted the Theses. There is a good treatment of this topic in a 2018 companion volume to Luther’s Works: “Sixteenth-Century Biographies of Martin Luther.”