Pastor Matthew Vik
Pastor Vik grew up in Appleton, WI and attended St. Peter’s Lutheran, Freedom, WI and Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, WI. His Lutheran School teachers and his pastors encouraged him along the way to pursue the ministry. Matthew decided to attend Martin Luther College to prepare for the ministry where he met Jennifer Levy who became his wife two weeks after graduating.
After two years at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, he served his Vicar Year at Messiah Lutheran Church, Green Bay and was blessed to be close to home and spend time with his parents before God in His wisdom took his father home to heaven. Since Pastor Vik was very close to his father, life as a student became difficult but the Lord used a tour of the Holy Land to help him. Renewed by the experience of “walking where our Savior walked” he returned to pursue preparing for full time work in the ministry.
He was assigned to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wrightstown, WI where he served for six years before accepting the Call to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Atkinson.
His wife Jennifer is also a graduate of MLC and has accepted a Call to teach upper grade math and 7th & 8th grade at St. Paul’s School and serve as another organist at church. They are blessed with four children: Maria, Elijah, Ezekiel, and Samson.
ABOUT PASTOR DAVID ERNEST
Pastor David Ernest grew up in Michigan (Jackson and Niles) and went to high school in Georgia (near Atlanta). After he graduated high school in 1994, he went to Northwestern College in Watertown, WI for its final year. The next year he made the move with the college to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota where he met his future wife, Lori. Lori graduated in 1994 from Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills. Lori graduated MLC in 1998 and started teaching 1st grade at St. Paul’s in Cudahy (just south of Milwaukee). Pastor graduated MLC in 1999 and they were married that June. They were in Litchfield, Minnesota for Pastor’s Vicar year (which is also St. Paul’s) and their eldest son, Ethan, was born in November. Before graduation from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, Pastor and Lori were blessed with their second son, Owen. Pastor’s first congregation was King of Kings in Garden Grove, California where their daughter, Kessiah, was born. Pastor and family were there for almost 6 years. Pastor then took a call to serve Glory To God in Tinley Park, Illinois in 2009 which would later add Our Redeemer in Grant Park as a dual parish in 2012. Pastor’s last boy, Austin, was born while in Illinois.
One Packer fan (Lori) is returning to her home state and Pastor is once again back in enemy territory as a Bears fan. Pastor and family like the outdoors as well as watching most sports, especially NASCAR. Pastor is an avid amateur photographer (especially his kids in sports) and likes to do various kinds of woodworking when he has the time. Lori loves crafts and sewing. Their children enjoy their saltwater fish tank, pet cat and pet hedgehog. If you want to know anything more, Pastor is always willing to chat.
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