Pastor Skutshek has served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church since June 1st, 2000. He was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, in 1956. He was baptized at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Winnipeg, Manitoba, that same year. His family was active in church life. They moved to Kelowna in 1968. They became members at Christ Lutheran Church in Kelowna, BC, where Pastor Ed was confirmed in 1970. He graduated from George Pringle Senior Secondary School in 1974. Ed graduated with a BA from Simon Frazer University, Burnaby BC in 1979 with a major in Psychology.He graduated from Western State University College of Law in San Diego, California, USA in 1983. He practiced law in California for some 13 years. Ed met and married his wife Denise (nee Hughes) in 1984. Their one and only son Jonathan was born in 1987. Denise is a Speech Pathologist / Therapist. Beginning in 1993, Pastor Ed experienced a call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. By the fall of 1996, his family moved from San Diego to Saskatoon Saskatchewan, so that Ed could attend Lutheran Theological Seminary. While at Seminary, Pastor Ed served a one year internship in a vacant three point parish in Saskatchewan and completed a rotation as intern chaplain at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg. He earned a Master’s of Divinity Degree and graduated from Seminary with academic distinction in May of 2000.
His wife Denise continues to practice speech therapy. She directs our traditional choir known as the Grace Choir, sings in our Praise Choir and is part of a quartet made up of women from our congregation known as “SOLACE” Their son Jonathan is a graduate of the School of Pharmacy at the University of British Columbia and is enjoying his work at the Kelowna Costco.
Pastor David Wunderlich has served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church since September of 2014. David was born and raised in Sauble Beach, Ontario. He graduated with an honours B.A. from the University of Guelph in 1994, with a major in Economics and a minor in History. In that same year, David felt a call to ministry and attended Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1998. As a confessional, evangelical Lutheran pastor, David believes that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, and stand firmly on this principle. Pastor David has 15 years of pastoral experience encompassing youth work, Sunday School, hospital visitation, preaching and leading worship. He enjoys playing bass & acoustic guitar. In the past, Pastor David has also coached minor league soccer and served eight years as a volunteer firefighter. Pastor David has been happily married for the past 15 years and has two wonderful children.