Face                   Pastor Keith A. Lingsch

Pastor Keith Lingsch was born September 20, 1966, in McKeesport, PA, to Andrew and Beatrice Lingsch.  He was baptized by Pastor Phillip Kohlmeyer and confirmed by Pastor Donald Winkler at Concordia Lutheran, McKeesport.

Upon graduation from McKeesport High School in 1984, Pastor Lingsch joined the United States Air Force and served as an Airman working in Supply.  While serving on Active Duty at Nellis AB, NV, Pastor Lingsch felt led by the Lord to study for the Holy Ministry.  He was accepted into a program which separated him from Active Duty and placed him in the Air National Guard.

While serving in the Air Guard, Pastor Lingsch attended Concordia College Bronxville NY and earned a BA in religious studies, graduating in 1991.  Pastor Lingsch continued his education, attending Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, where he earned his Masters of Divinity and graduated in May of 1996.

During his time at Concordia Seminary, Pastor Lingsch married Lori Lynn (Corbett) on November 20, 1993.  They have three children: Andrew, Jeremiah, and Rachel.

Pastor Lingsch’s Vicarage was at Trinity Lutheran, Zanesville, OH.  He was Ordained on June 5, 1996 and received his first Call to Immanuel Lutheran, New Plymouth and Concordia Lutheran, Weiser Idaho.  He received and accepted the Call to serve at Trinity Lutheran, Zanesville, his Vicarage congregation in August of 1998 where he served as the Assistant Pastor and then as Senior Pastor.

In September of 2006 he received a Call from the Ministry to the Armed Forces at the National Guard Bureau, Washington DC, serving as Chaplain in Readiness – deploying chaplains and chaplain’s assistants into the fight in the War on Terror.  Chaplain Lingsch also served as the Executive Officer for Major General John B. Ellington, Director of the National Guard Chaplaincy.  Pastor / Chaplain Lingsch retired from military service in January of 2012 with 22 years of service.

On March 15, 2009, Pastor Lingsch was Installed as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church.

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