Meet Our Pastor
Say Hello to Rev. Jordan McKinley, his wife Andrea, and 3 children, Naomi, Collin, and Theodore.
Listen to Pastor McKinley Preach Christ and Him Crucified here:
"For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men." - 1 Corinthians 1:21-25
"This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you-- if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it." - Titus 1:5-9
Jordan Jay McKinley was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jeff and Susan McKinley on July 15th, 1983, in Kokomo, Indiana. He was baptized into Christ on August 14th, 1983, the 14th Sunday after Trinity at Zion Lutheran Church in Kokomo, IN, by the Rev. Donald O. Studt. He was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Kokomo on May 31st, 1998, the Day of Pentecost.
He graduated from Northwestern High School in 2002. He is a 2006 graduate of Ball State University, where he earned a B.A. in History with a minor in German.
Upon graduation, he worked as a dispensing optician at an eyeglass shop in Fort Wayne. He married his wife, Andrea (nee Wagner) of Bloomington, Indiana, in the summer of 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church in Muncie, Indiana. Later that summer, they moved to Muncie, where Andrea taught in the Muncie Public Schools. He worked at the Muncie Public Library.
In 2008, he and Andrea moved back to Fort Wayne, and he started his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. During his course of study, Andrea worked at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, and they had their first child, Naomi, in 2010. From 2011 to 2012, the McKinleys lived in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where he served as vicar at Our Savior Lutheran Church under the Rev. Steve Sanderson. While in Colorado, their son, Collin, was born.
In 2012, he was called to serve the dual parish of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bennett, Iowa, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Iowa. He was ordained and installed as pastor of those congregations on June 24th, 2012, the Nativity of St. John the Baptizer. In 2013, their son, Theodore, was born.
Pastor McKinley received a call to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Vallonia, IN, in June 2015, and he was installed as the pastor of Trinity on August 23rd, 2015.
16th Century Reformer: Martin Luther
“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures and by clear reason (for I do not trust in the pope or councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted. My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen." - Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms, 1521
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