"But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with (Jesus) Christ even when we were dead in
transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved."
(Ephesians 2:4-5)

Archive for the ‘Pastor’s Corner’ Category

To the Depths and Back Again: A Prophet’s Tale

Saturday, September 17th, 2016


Jonah. It’s just another fish story, right? Much like Grimm’s Fairy Tales, it has a good moral at the end to whisper to your kids as you tuck them into bed: “You better listen to God, or you’ll get swallowed by a whale!” Most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah, but we might be surprised by the many treasures that can be mined from this tiny 4-chapter book buried deep in the heart of the Old Testament. As we spend time in Jonah over the next couple of months, we’ll address questions like “How does God use rebellious people?” and “Does prayer change God’s mind?” Join us as we journey…To the Depths and Back Again!

New sermon series begins September 25.

Donations Needed for Flood Victims

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The recent flooding in Louisiana has left thousands of people homeless and has also contributed to a number of injuries and deaths. We as a church now have the opportunity to help out one family in particular.

Michael Gibney is a pastor affiliated with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren who just moved with his family to Baton Rouge. Their home was flooded by the recent heavy rainfall and they also lost their two cars. They have no insurance for their home because they are located in a no-flood zone, and—to top it all off—Mike’s wife’s grandfather recently passed away. Mike is also currently in the midst of a battle with cancer.

If you’d like to donate money to the Gibney Family, please make your checks payable to the church but write “Gibney Family” in the memo line. There is an offering plate at the back of the sanctuary. Please note that these donations will not be tax-deductible, since the money is going to one specific family.

Watch Mike’s video below for a firsthand look at the recovery efforts.


Into the Harvest Fields!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Mission.  Evangelism.  How do you feel when you hear those words? Terrified? Guilty?  Energized?  All of the above?  Over the next four weeks we’ll be spending some time in Luke 10:1-9, 17-20 learning more about what a Biblical understanding of mission and evangelism looks like.  Far from being special activities that God wants only an elite few to participate in, the Lord of the Harvest calls each one of us as His children to be kingdom-builders in whatever sphere of life we may find ourselves. We are a church that has been sent to be the hands and feet of Christ to our neighbors, but don’t worry…you don’t have to go it alone! It’s a call, but it’s also a gift.  So let’s join hands and have some fun as we learn what it means to be God’s missionary people. Into the Harvest Fields we go!


Welcome Pastor Luke and Bethannie Kjolhaug

Monday, June 13th, 2016

It is with great excitement that we welcome our new Pastor Luke and his wife Bethannie Kjolhaug to Bunker Hill Church. Earlier this year Pastor Luke and Bethannie visited our church and we felt an instant connection and love for them. As we had the opportunity to visit with them it became clear to us that this was the couple God was leading to shepherd the Bunker Hill congregation. In our conversations, both Pastor Luke & Bethannie displayed a genuine love & faith for God and a desire for people to come to faith and spiritual maturity. Some words to describe them: Relational, Genuine, Hospitable, Well-Spoken, Thoughtful / Insightful, Servant’s Hearts, etc. Pastor Luke’s sermons are Biblically sound, well thought out and well delivered.

Come and welcome them as they arrive on Tuesday, June 14. Pastor Luke will preach his first sermon on Sunday, June 26. Please pray for their safety as they travel to New Jersey. Pray for the comfort and peace of mind to them and their families as they put their faith in the Lord and travel across country to follow His direction and serve at Bunker Hill.

Luke and Bethannie Kjolhaug

Learn more about our new Pastor

Pastor Luke grew up on a small farm in northern Minnesota near the town of Clearbrook. After graduating from public High School, he attended Wheaton College in Illinois for 3 years as part of their Liberal Arts Engineering program, and then transferred to the University of MN, Twin Cities to complete his degree in Civil Engineering. He spent two years in Nebraska with the state highway department, and then two years in the Fargo-Moorhead area where he primarily worked on the levee systems.

While the work was challenging and interesting, God seemed to be nudging him in a different direction. Though he’d never seriously considered the ministry before, the doors for seminary seemed to open wide—so—here he his! The journey has been both challenging and rewarding, but God has confirmed His direction each step of the way and, as always, has shown Himself faithful.

Pastor Luke pursued God’s direction and successfully completed his studies at Lutheran Brethren Seminary in May, 2016. During this time he has been serving as associate Pastor at Stavanger Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN.

During his studies at Lutheran Bretheren Seminary he met the love of his life Bethannie. Bethannie is from a town Pipestone, in Southern Minnesota and has been working as a nurse in Fergus Falls, MN. Bethannie had spent the last 10 years in Sioux Falls, SD.

Pastor Luke and Bethannie were married in 2015 and are currently enjoying a well-deserved trip to Ireland.

Welcome Pastor Luke and Bethannie! We are so excited you have accepted the call to serve at Bunker Hill and look forward to getting to know you better.