Rev. Dr. Michael A. L. Eckelkamp was called to serve as Senior Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in May of 2003. He currently oversees both St. John’s in Washington Park and Renewal Church in the Highlands.
Michael graduated from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon in 1985 majoring in Biblical Languages and Behavioral Sciences. He attended and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1990 with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Sacred Theology in 1991. He completed his doctorate at Westminster Theological Seminary in 2002. Michael is also a graduate of the Pastoral Leadership Institute and currently is mentoring 10 pastors. Michael regularly speaks to districts, circuits and congregations on developing intentional outreach into local communities.
Michael considers it a joy to serve those eager to live out their faith in vibrant and creative ways. Michael is currently a part of the Symposium on Race in Denver, CO and serves as Chaplain for BSA Troop 199. His hobbies include Reading, Running, Swimming and Cross-fit training. His greatest blessings are named: Bernardine, Debra, Rachel, and Christian!