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Chris Boehnke

Chris Boehnke

Hi! My name is Chris Boehnke (a good German name pronounced “Bane-key”). Tracy, my wife, and I have been married for 21 years and God has blessed us with four beautiful children: Joshua (18), Lauren (16), Nathaniel (13), and Mikayla (9). I treasure my wife and family among the greatest gifts God has given me in life.

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska – the heartland of the Midwest – by two loving parents, Don and Linda. I grew up attending a conservative but vibrant Lutheran congregation, while also experiencing excursions into other evangelical and charismatic church environments. This exposed me to a breadth of Christian practice and teaching that has incited me over the years to ask a ton of questions and to seek deeper understanding regarding what “the church” is and what it’s central message, “the Gospel,” is all about.

While my interests were in art (drawing and painting) and language (excelling in German) at Millard North High School, I ended up completing a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Nebraska in Omaha (I consider philosophy “the art of asking good questions”). I attended Concordia Seminary in St Louis to finish a Master of Divinity in May 2000. Since then I have served as a shepherd-teacher for followers of Jesus in Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, and now Michigan. I happily reside with my family in Grand Haven, Michigan, where I serve a community of Jesus followers in Spring Lake called Lakeshore Fellowship. When I’m not reading or studying one of several books at a time, I enjoy spending time with Tracy and the kids, going for walks in nature, relaxing at the beach (with a good book!), cycling, exploring new things and places, watching Star Trek, or painting.

Along the way I’ve encountered many casualties of organized Christianity – those who have been sorely hurt, turned off, offended, or just disenchanted with all its stale rules and rituals. My desire is to compassionately hear and love those who have been broken or turned off by the church and those who have rejected an ugly God they can no longer worship. I want to wrestle alongside those who have nagging questions and doubts about who God is and what our place in this ugly world is. Most especially, I want to paint a better, more beautiful picture for them and for the world – to reimagine – who God is as unfailing, relentless LOVE, gloriously revealed in Jesus the Messiah-King.

I invite you to join the conversation!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Empowered Witnesses

How does Jesus' resurrection change our lives? He gives us more than a future hope. The transforming presence of Jesus lives within us today. And He empowers us with His peace to live as witnesses of His resurrection life in everything we do and wherever we go. Our message this Sunday is "Empowered Witnesses" based on Luke 24:36-53.

    
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hearts Awakened

After experiencing the joy of King Jesus's resurrection, it doesn't take long for discouragement to work its way back into our hearts. We're tempted to live as if Jesus never really rose from the dead. But Jesus promises that He is with us in our daily journey. This Sunday we start a new series, Encountering the Risen Lord, with the message, "Hearts Set On Fire" based on Luke 24:13-35.

    
Sunday, April 16, 2017

New Life Out of Death

Jesus has risen from the dead! Death is defeated and the powers of darkness have been conquered. Now new life and the sure hope of the resurrection is available for all people in Jesus.  This Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection Day of Jesus. Our message is titled, "New Life Out of Death!" from Luke 24:1-12.

    


Sunday, April 09, 2017

God Empties Himself for You

    
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spread the Good News

   
Whether we realize it or not, we have an influence on the people around us - either positively or negatively.  As Jesus attracted people as He served them with the love of God so we are called to Follow the Leader. This Sunday we continue our series with the message, "Catching People with the Love of Jesus" based on Luke 5:1-11.

    
Sunday, February 05, 2017

A People of Hope

    
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Got Questions?

    
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Heal Broken Lives

Is following Jesus and serving like Him an obligation we need to fulfill? Not at all. Following Jesus and serving others flows out of the healing rest we have in Him. We serve not because we have to. We serve because we want others to experience the same Sabbath rest and healing in Jesus. This Sunday our message is "Heal Broken Lives" based on Mark 6:1-16.

    
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Look No Further. Listen to Jesus.

How do we know who God is and what He's like? We can get confused even if we try to piece together a picture of God from the Bible itself. After the disciples saw the brilliance of God's glory radiating from Jesus, Moses and Elijah faded away, and they saw Jesus alone. This Sunday our message is titled, "Look No Further. Listen to Jesus." based on Luke 9:28-45.

   
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Meet Pastor Chris

  • Hi! My name is Chris Boehnke (a good German name pronounced “Bane-key”). Tracy, my wife, and I have been married for 21 years and God has blessed us with four beautiful children: Joshua (18), Lauren (16), Nathaniel (13), and Mikayla (9). I treasure my wife and family among the greatest gifts God has given me in life. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska – the heartland of the Midwest – by two loving parents, Don and Linda. I grew up attending a conservative but vibrant Lutheran congregation, while also experiencing excursions into other evangelical and charismatic church environments. This exposed me to a breadth of Christian practice and teaching that has incited me over the years to ask a ton of questions and to seek deeper understanding regarding what “the church” is and what it’s central message, “the Gospel,” is all about. While my interests were in art…

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