CLINTON — Pastor Mark S. Luepke has accepted the call to serve Zion Lutheran Church and began his work there Feb. 7. His first services were Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Raised in the northwest Iowa town of Sheldon, he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque.
He has served as associate pastor of American Lutheran Church in Rantoul, Illinois; pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville, Illinois; and most recently, as pastor for 22 years at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Freeport, Illinois.
He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 37 years. She has most recently worked as a part-time math and algebra instructor at Highland Community College in Freeport.
They are the parents of two children, Daniel and Danita. They and their families live in Waterloo and Altoona, respectively. Pastor Mark and Nancy are the grandparents of two preschool-aged children, one boy and one girl.
Luepke is excited about the opportunity to serve at and through Zion and the Clinton community and area.
Services at Zion are 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, with youth and family services at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The 9 a.m. Sunday service is recorded to be on KROS radio at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. For more information, call the Zion office at 242-7391.