From Pastor Mark Winkler -
Greetings, in the name of Christ, our Lord.
Welcome to the Emmaus Lutheran website.
Thanks for giving us a look on your computer. As pastor of Emmaus Lutheran I invite you to give us a further look by stopping in to worship with us this weekend. We have three worship services. One is sure to fit your needs and your schedule.
I’m Pastor Mark Winker. My journey of faith has taken me many places, as I’m sure yours has too. I knew from the time I was in kindergarten that I would become a pastor in the church. God gave me a heart for caring for others and that has been central to my ministry for the past 29 years. I attended Univ. of Central FL (Bachelor’s in trumpet); Illinois State Univ. (Master’s in trumpet); Trinity Lutheran Sem. (Master of Divinity); and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (Doctor of Ministry). I have served congregations in Coldwater, OH; Stoughton, WI; Newport, MN; Jacksonville, FL; and Orange City, FL. My wife, Carol, and I have four adult children and five granddaughters. God is so good.
Emmaus Lutheran has just passed its 40th anniversary. We are a vital, welcoming congregation worshiping around 200 each week between three services. Sermons here are firmly rooted in the Bible and focus on the love and grace God has for us. Yes, we are all sinners. But we take the next step and proclaim God’s forgiveness for all which opens us up to live freely in relationship with God and with others. Instead of focusing negatively on our unworthiness, we focus positively on God’s grace in our lives.
I hope to meet you sometime soon.