Rev. Dr. Gary Kinkel, Pastor

Pastor Gary Kinkel graduated from University of Minnesota, Duluth, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, from Moravian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, from Union Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree, and from University of Iowa with a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He was ordained an ELCA pastor in December of 1990.  He served as the pastor and mission developer of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Altoona from 2007-2009 and  a pastor at Ephraim Moravian Church from 1991-1995.  Pastor Kinkel was a professor and taught religion courses at Simpson College from 1995-2007 and at University of Northern Iowa from 1989-1990.  He served as an interim pastor at First Lutheran Church in Centerville from 2004-2006 and at Lake Mills Moravian Church in 1990.  He is married to Kay Kinkel and between them they have five teenage and adult children.  They currently reside in Pella, Iowa.

Pastor Kinkel states everything he does is shaped and driven by the call of Jesus Christ to discipleship.  He went on to state that he has lived out his call to proclaim in word and deed the rule of God in the cross of Jesus.  Pastor Kinkel’s personal ministry statement:  My calling is to enter every setting as a disciple of Jesus Christ to proclaim him and to shape the setting anew around the Savior; to make new disciples of Jesus; and to bring excitement and new life through the Holy Spirit.

Contact Info: Phone-641.628.2835



Sherry Maakestad, Youth and Education Director

Sherry Maakestad coordinates our Youth and Education programs, with the help of a Youth Assistant, and many committed lay people working within the youth and education programs at Peace. She began in this capacity on October 1, 2007 after moving back to Pella with her husband, Mike, and three daughters, Hannah, Kirsten and Sara Jane.

Sherry’s hometown is Atlantic, Iowa, and has her B.S. in Child Development from Iowa State as well as numerous years of experience teaching kindergarten and directing preschools, directing youth programs within the Lutheran church, and serving in a Family Ministry capacity.

Sherry followed the Call to work at Peace because she is so passionate about sharing her faith and encouraging others in the Christian faith.  She feels especially called to serve within family ministries because of the great need today to offer parents resources and support both in parenting and in raising children in homes where faith is nurtured.

If you asked Sherry what is she most excited about at Peace Lutheran she would answer the revitalization of the youth program and the recent offering to parents of the Faith Stepping Stones program on Sunday mornings.

Contact Info: Phone-641.628.2835