Meet Central Lutheran Church’s Directing Pastor
The Rev. Michael Short began his call on January 1st, 2019, as the new Directing Pastor of Central Lutheran Church. Pastor Short has hit the ground running serving the members of Central Lutheran Church through Sunday morning worship services, teaching confirmation classes, working with the youth as well as conducting a number of funerals and baptisms since his arrival.
Pastor Short moved to Winona after serving over 12 years as the Senior Pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Platteville WI. Prior to his tenure in Platteville, Pastor Short served Beckville Lutheran and First Lutheran of Cosmos in rural Meeker County, MN, after graduating from Luther Seminary in St Paul in 2001. Pastor Michael grew up in central Illinois, and graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, in 1980 with a degree in accounting. He spent many years serving as an accountant in both public and private firms before attending Luther Seminary in 1997.
Serving others is what we are called to do as a minister and follower of Jesus. One of the things which excited Pastor Short about coming to Central was the many ways the members are involved in the community as volunteers and then the way Central welcomes the community into its building. Being involved is nothing new to Pastor Short; during his time in Platteville, he served the local synod and the greater church by being a member of the synod council and a member of various committees. Pastor Short also worked with community groups including an interfaith group on the campus of UW-Platteville as well as being part of a group to form Family Promise of Grant County, an organization working to end homelessness for families in the county.
As the Directing Pastor of Central Lutheran Church, Pastor Short has similar responsibilities to those of his previous congregations in overseeing the ministries of the church. Pastor Short has a passion for preaching and sharing the Gospel in word and in action. So, in addition to his preaching and worship responsibilities, Pastor Short is working to connect with the members of Central in addition to getting to know the wider Winona community.
Pastor Short along with his wife, Debbie and their dog, Annie, moved to Winona at the end of December and are looking forward to exploring and learning more about Winona. Central Lutheran members are assisting by hosting small gatherings this spring and supporting him and his wife as they get to know the community of Winona and all of southeast Minnesota.