The word pastor means “shepherd.” The main characteristic of a true shepherd of God’s flock is faithfulness to His Word. The main work of a true shepherd of God’s flock is the ministry of God’s Word and Sacraments.
Our pastor, our shepherd under Christ, is Rev. David Mielke. Born to Ralph and Ruth Mielke of Menominee, MI, he was reborn and adopted into the eternal family of the heavenly Father through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Rev. Mielke received both a bachelor and master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. After working for over a decade in the health care field, he returned to school to study for the pastoral ministry. In 1999, he completed required pre-seminary work at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and then enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. While at the seminary, like all pastors in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), Pastor Mielke received a thorough education in Biblical theology (study of the Holy Scriptures both in English and in their original languages of Hebrew and Greek), doctrinal theology (study of Christian teaching as drawn from the Holy Scriptures and as set forth in the Lutheran Confessions), historical theology (study of church history), and practical theology (study of preaching, teaching, and pastoral counseling). He served his vicar (student intern) year serving at Woodlawn Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Allis, WI.
In 2003, he received his Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and was called to serve Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in the rural Mount Pleasant/Lake Isabella, MI area. In 2009, Pastor Mielke accepted the call to serve Christ congregation and was installed as our pastor on June 14, 2009.
Pastor Mielke has been blessed with his wife, Cheryl, and his son, Micah.
O Lord God, dear Father in heaven, I am indeed unworthy of the office and ministry in which I am to make known Thy glory and to nurture and to serve this congregation.
But since Thou hast appointed me to be a pastor and teacher, and the people are in need of the teachings and the instructions, O be Thou my helper and let Thy holy angels attend me.
Then if Thou art pleased to accomplish anything through me, to Thy glory and not to mine or to the praise of men, grant me, out of Thy pure grace and mercy a right understanding of Thy Word and that I may also diligently perform it.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Thou Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, send Thy Holy Spirit that He may work with me, yea, that He may work in me to will and to do through Thy divine strength according to Thy good pleasure. Amen. (A sacristy prayer of Martin Luther)
If you wish to contact Pastor Mielke, you may call him by phone at (989) 845-2600 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org