Our Pastor

Pastor Glenn Schwanke and his family came to the Copper Country in the fall of 1996.  Since then he has served Peace Ev. Lutheran church and the “Lutheran Collegians,” a student organization at Michigan Technological University.

Pastor Schwanke is a 1981 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Before coming to the Copper Country, Pastor Schwanke served a Wisconsin Synod congregation in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He also served as a circuit pastor in the Wisconsin Synod.  He has served on the Wisconsin Synod’s Committee on InterChuch Relations (CICR), where he served as the Germany Contact Man.  In that position, Pastor Schwanke worked to strengthen the ties between the Wisconsin Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church, a small confessional church body located in what was formerly Eastern Germany. 

Pastor Schwanke has served on the Wisconsin Synod’s Committee on Mental Health Needs.  This committee exists to help congregations, members and called workers.

In 2014, Pastor Schwanke was elected as the 1st Vice President of the Northern Wisconsin District.  In this position, he seeks to support the congregations, schools and the called workers of the district in their important work of nurturing God’s people in the faith and proclaiming the life-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.

wartburg_logo3Pastor Schwanke is also a participant in the Wartburg Project.  This is a group of Lutheran pastors and professors who are working on a translation of Scripture, with the goal, Lord willing, of printing a New Testament and Psalms by the fall of 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.  So far a test translation of Matthew and the Psalms have been made available in Kindle format.  Both are available through Amazon.  (On the Amazon website search for “Wartburg Project” and you will find them!)  A “Passion History” was also made available for testing in 20015.  We thank those who have offered so many encouraging and helpful comments!  For more information on the Wartburg Project, you can go to the website. http://wartburgproject.org/

WELS Logo newPastor Schwanke also serves on the TLC, Translation Liaison Committee, of the Wisconsin Synod. The Translation Liaison Committee evaluates Bible translations and communicates with Bible publishers, offering suggestions for improvement on behalf of WELS. The committee was established by the 2013 synod convention. Members of the committee are Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary professors Kenneth Cherney, Jr. and Paul Zell, Martin Luther College professors Joel Fredrich and Thomas Nass, and parish pastors Brett Brauer, Geoff Kieta, and Glenn Schwanke.