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,  and his Doctorate in Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, Asbury, Kentucky. He and his wife Martha, a chemistry and math teacher, reside in Savannah Lakes Village in the Shenandoah subdivision.  They are parents of three daughters and have four grandsons and a granddaughter 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.

Easter Family picture

Pastor Jim, his wife Martha with their family