Our Pastor

Rev James F. Kinsler, Pastor


Reverend James F. Kinsler has been pastor of Lutheran Church by the Lake since August, 2008.   He is a graduate of Newberry College and received his Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He and his wife Martha, an Abbeville High School chemistry teacher, resides in Savannah Lakes Village in the Shenandoah subdivision.  They are parents of three daughters and have three grandsons who, to his and Martha’s delight, all live in South Carolina.

In addition to tending to the pastoral needs of 300 members, Pastor Jim has helped create some very popular programs — the Lakefront services in the summer, Camp Grand for the grandchildren of members in July and the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.  His weekly Bible Studies are thought provoking and enthusiastically received.

He has great interest in outreach to the community.   He serves on the Boards of Helping Hands and Habitat for Humanity and is on the National Day of Prayer Planning Committee along with other ecumenical programs in the community.  He also takes part in the Kairos Prison Ministry program.     Pastor also contributes  a column of Devotions each month to the  local newspaper,  Shorelines.




I have been blessed in life in many ways.

One of the small yet enjoyable blessings was to live in the same neighborhood as the Storck Baking Company in Parkersburg, West Virginia. I would wake up every morning and go outside for my walk and be greeted with the wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread.

For our worship focus during the month of August we will have the pleasure of living in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. The focus on that chapter is the image of Jesus as the bread of life. So each Sunday in August following our worship we will have fresh baked goods to help us reflect upon the word of God presented in our scripture readings, sermon and worship experience. It is my prayer that this will help each of us enhance of our understanding of what Jesus means when he tells us he is the bread of life.


Easter Family picture

Pastor Jim, his wife Martha with their family