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The Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church in Service to Christ
REV. WALDEMAR R. VINOVSKIS
Senior Pastor was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed in the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church in Omaha. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was active at the University Lutheran Chapel on campus and graduated from UNL in 1987 with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Psychology.
After college, Pastor Vinovskis entered Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri from where he graduated in 1992. As a seminarian, he served a summer vicariage with Dakota Boys Ranch in Washington, Missouri and Minot, North Dakota. He served his year of vicarage (internship) at Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster, California and received his first call there right after seminary.
In 1998, he was called to serve in the San Francisco Bay area at Zion Lutheran Church in Piedmont, California. Since 2001, Pastor Vinovskis has served as mission developer and pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church. He and his wife Cyndi have four children: Carissa, Micah, Noel-Darius and Oliver.
REV. RYAN K. SCHNAKE
Associate Pastor graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2012 with a BS in Justice and Public Policy. Prior to his time in the seminary, he worked as a public school teacher and served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
In May of 2021, Ryan graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis with a Masters of Divinity, and was called to Concordia Lutheran Church shortly thereafter. He was installed and began his time as Associate Pastor in July 2021.
SELC District Administrative Assistant