We will be welcoming our new pastor, Pastor Jeffrey Sonntag, in June. He will be completing his service at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Cadillac, Michigan at the end of May. He and his family will then be moving to Bozeman. Until then, here is a short biography that he has provided us.
Pastor Jeffrey Sonntag, the oldest child of Kevin and Valerie, was born in 1986 in Milwaukee, WI where his father served as a teacher at North Trinity Lutheran School. Pastor Sonntag attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School and then off to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN where he received his pre-seminary degree. MLC was also where he met his beautiful wife, Anne.
Anne, the daughter of Pastor Bruce and Kathy Marggraf, was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil where she lived until her family moved to Sussex, WI in 2000. Anne graduated from Luther Prep in Watertown, WI in 2006 and Martin Luther College in 2010 with an elementary education degree.
The Sonntags began their married life in Southeastern Minnesota with Jeff vicaring and Anne teaching kindergarten. One of the highlights of the year was helping chaperone more than forty teenagers on a mission trip to Seattle, WA, which included a brief stop at Yellowstone National Park.
Upon graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2012, Pastor Sonntag was assigned to serve as a home missionary at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Cadillac. While in Michigan, Pastor and Anne were blessed with Ellie (5) and Micah (2). Their family is also excitedly expecting another little one this October. During his time in Michigan, Pastor also served as a Bible study leader, director and board member for Camp Lor-Ray, a WELS summer youth camp near Muskegon, MI.
Pastor Sonntag enjoys camping, grilling, swimming and playing volleyball, soccer, and softball. Anne enjoys running, biking, teaching Zumba, leading our Little Lambs program, playing music and playdates at the park. Ellie enjoys reading and her dance and swimming lessons. She is excited for her first dance recital in a few weeks. Micah likes playing trains, shovels, bouncing and hide-and-seek.
The Sonntags look forward to becoming part of the Shining Mountain family and sharing Jesus and his love with the people of Bozeman and the surrounding areas.