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The Rev. Douglas S. Gunkelman: Biography

Ordained: June 9, 1985 Installed as Pastor of Divinity Lutheran Church: June 13, 2003

Pastor Doug
Education
Centre College of Kentucky - BA Political Science, 1981
Trinity Lutheran Seminary - M. Divinity, 1985
 
Previous Pastorates
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Ypsilanti, Michigan - Internship 1983-84
Valle/Willow Creek Lutheran Parish, Rolette, North Dakota - 1985-88
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo, North Dakota - 1988-94
St. John Lutheran Church, Beatrice, Nebraska - 1994-2003
Divinity Lutheran Church, Parma Heights, OH - 2003-Present

Family Information
Married to Danette, who was born in New Guinea to missionary parents; her father was an ELCA pastor. Daughter, Rachel, is a graduate of Capital University with B.A. in Social Work and a graduate of Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio with a master's degree in Social Work.  Son, Nathan, is a graduate of  Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; son, Micah, is attending college in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Church/ Community Volunteer Involvement
Member of Northeastern Ohio Synod - ELCA Synod Council
Board of Directors, President - YMCA - completed $1.9 million addition - Nebraska
Past President - Kiwanis - emphasis on community youth
Foster parenting for 13 years
Board of Directors - Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life

Former Pastors
Carl E. Hacker August 2, 1948 - November 1, 1953
Donald F. Hesterman February 7, 1954 - December 31, 1987; Pastor Emeritus - January 1, 1988 - Present
K. Bernell Boehm May 14, 1961 - December 31, 1971
Gordon “Tim” Huffman March 26, 1973 - March 2, 1975
Tom Bernlohr July 29, 1973 - December 5, 1976
Connie Sassanella June 26, 1977 - May 31, 1981
F. Stan Christian August 30, 1981 - August 25, 1985
Joy Heebink September 23, 1985 - July 20, 1988
Terry E. Ruther September 7, 1988 - July 2, 1995
Jerry L. Schafer October 9, 1988 - September 13, 1992
Kathleen L. Kluck July 23, 1989 - September 8, 2002
Bruce G. Trethaway May 26, 1996 - November 1, 2001
Douglas S. Gunkelman June 15, 2003 - Present  

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