Pastor Kimmel grew up in Flushing, Michigan and attended a Lutheran elementary school very similar to St. Matthew from 1st through 8th grade. He graduated high school from Michigan Lutheran Seminary in 2005, and it was there that he decided he wanted to be a pastor. Pastor Kimmel attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical languages. From there he continued his pastoral studies at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.
During his first year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary he met his lovely wife, Deb. Pastor Kimmel and and his wife spent their first married year in Minnesota during Pastor's one year internship at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, Minnesota. He graduated Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in May of 2013 with a Master of Divinity degree. In August of 2013, Pastor Kimmel was ordained and installed as an associate pastor at St. Matthew.
In 2013, Pastor Kimmel and Deb were blessed with the birth of their first child, Ellianna. In his free time Pastor Kimmel enjoys spending time with Deb and Ellianna, playing card games and board games, and watching hockey.
Pastor Kevin Schultz
Pastor Schultz joined St Matthew in June of 2014 with his wife, Miriam, and their two grown children: Caleb & Tabitha. He currently lives and serves as the lead pastor at our second church site in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, called “The Vine.”
Pastor Schultz grew up in Wisconsin and went to high school at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While there, he began his pastoral studies. After graduating he attended Northwestern College in Watertown, WI, where he studied Greek & Hebrew along with theology and Biblical history and received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical languages. From there he went on to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, and received a Master of Divinity degree in theology. While studying at the seminary, he served an internship for one year at St John’s Lutheran Church in Burlington, WI.
Upon graduating from the Seminary, he married his wife Miriam Westendorf and served as pastor of Abiding Word Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for 20 years, and also president of WELS-Canada. In 2007 he moved to San Diego, California, and served Reformation Lutheran Church for 6 years, before moving to Spokane and then to Coeur d’Alene in 2016 to serve as pastor at The Vine.
Pastor Schultz loves the Lord and is passionate about reaching people for Christ and seeing their lives changed for the better. He is available to you at his office in Coeur d’Alene and would love to meet you. You can call him, e-mail him, or text him if he can be of any service to you or if you would like to discuss a personal or religious concern.