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

  • A starting point to your questions is that the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5) are part of the Mosaic Law that God gave to his Old Testament people of Israel. The Mosaic Law had limited purpose and duration. Its obligations ended when Jesus Christ came into our world as the fulfilment of all the prophecies of the Messiah. We can see from the Mosaic Law wording of the third commandment (“Sabbath day”) and the fourth commandment (reference to the Promised Land) that not all the content of the Ten Commandments applies to New Testament followers of the Lord. So, how do Christians view the Ten Commandments? We rightly regard them as a summary of God’s moral law: his will for all people of all time. We do see Jesus (Luke 18:20) and the apostle Paul (Romans 13:9) restating some of the commandments in a different order from the Old Testament listing. (I am thinking this was your reference to the apostle Paul.) Presenting the commandments in that way illustrates how we, as New Testament Christians, are free from the Mosaic Law wording of the Ten Commandments and yet look to the Ten Commandments as a summary of God’s will for our lives. As a mirror, the Ten Commandments show us God’s demands for holy living and our failure to live up to those demands. As a rule or guide, the Ten Commandments lay out for us tangible ways in which we can express our gratitude to God for our forgiveness of sins. Jesus kept the law perfectly for us (Romans 5:19; 10:4; Galatians 4:4-5) and paid the penalty we deserved for not keeping God’s law perfectly (Isaiah 53:6; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24). “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

  • In the Bible God has not specified precisely how we are to distribute, at death, the possessions he has entrusted to us. He allows us to make those decisions in Christian love and wisdom. If you are of the opinion that it would not be beneficial or helpful for an adult child to receive money through your inheritance, then your thought of redirecting your assets elsewhere is understandable. There is nothing unscriptural about that intended course of action. Even though I do not know your situation, I would encourage repeated efforts to address and try to resolve the obstacles that have you thinking of disinheriting your child. If you follow through on that plan, ill will in family relations could very likely result. Clear communication with your child will be most helpful—for the present and the future. If you are in need of resources for estate planning, WELS Ministry of Christian Giving offers an estate planning guide. This link will take you to that guide. God bless you and your family.