Rev. John Shank – Senior Pastor
John Shank was born in Howell, Michigan in 1980. He is the youngest of three children. His parents were charter members of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church where John spent his youth. John and his wife Casey were married at Shepherd of the Lakes in 2004. In 2005 John and Casey started attending Shepherd of the Lakes mission congregation – Heart of the Shepherd Lutheran in Howell. John became active in this new church. His responsibilities included service as an elder. Casey helped to start their Child Development Center.
John’s college career began at Lansing Community College where he was a member of the PHI THETA KAPPA honor society. He then attended William Tyndale College, a Christian Liberal Arts College in metropolitan Detroit. John majored in Business Administration and minored in Christian Thought. John graduated in 2003 Summa Cum Laude. He was immediately employed by ABN-AMRO Mortgage Lending Company in Ann Arbor. He was placed into their management training program. In this program he rotated through different areas of the organization in preparation for promotion to a management position.
Life took a different turn for the Shanks in 2006. In June John enrolled in a summer Greek class at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. John continued his studies in the seminary program until he received his vicarage assignment to Trinity Edwardsville in the spring of 2009. As a vicar John had many roles including campus ministry at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. In May of 2010 John graduated with honors with his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary. Trinity formally called Pastor Shank to serve as associate pastor in 2010 and then as Senior Pastor in 2012.
Pastor Shank and Casey have four children, Jack, Callie, Kate, and Ben.
Rev. Jared DeBlieck – Associate Pastor
Jared DeBlieck was born in 1987 and grew up in a small farming community near the Mississippi River in Cordova, IL. Jared’s immediate family includes his parents, an older brother and two younger sisters. Jared joined Zion Lutheran Church in East Moline, IL in 2005. The following year he began his college education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in History and minors both in Educational Studies and Theological Languages. While in college Jared met his wife, Morgan. The two married in the fall of 2010. Morgan is a certified Lutheran elementary teacher.
Jared was an active participant, supervisor, and director of Condordia Theological Seminary’s “Christ Academy” for eight years. The academy welcomes high school students who are considering the pastoral ministry. It was there also where Jared pursued his seminary graduate studies. He obtained his Masters of Divinity degree in 2014. During his time in seminary Jared worked in the admissions office and was a field worker at Our Hope Lutheran Church, Huntertown, IN. He spent his vicarage at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Moline, IL. Jared also served as a mission preacher and teacher in North Manchester, IN through St. John’s Lutheran, Columbia, IN. Jared was a synodically winning essayist in 2013 with his paper, “In the Midst of the Garden: The Divine Service is a Work of Mercy in the Church’s Ministry of Word and Sacrament.” Trinity Lutheran Ministries extended a Call to Jared in April of 2014.
After ordination Trinity installed Rev. DeBlieck as Associate Pastor on July 6th, 2014. Jared and Morgan are rejoicing in the Lord having settled into their new home in Edwardsville. HIs duties include preaching, teaching, visiting the sick and home-bound. He has had previous experience with campus ministries while in college and on vicarage. He is now serving the students of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE) as campus pastor.
Pastor DeBlieck and Morgan have a daughter, Lily.