Zion Lutheran Church, located in south Fort Myers, is pleased to welcome the Rev. Doctor Curtis L. Deterding as senior pastor to the church and community. Pastors from Lutheran churches throughout the district, including Senior Pastor John Zehnder of Saint Michaels Lutheran Church, will take part in services and an installation ceremony held at Zion Lutheran Church Sunday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
"I am very much looking forward to this next chapter in my life, as the Lord leads me to work together with the redeemed people of God at Zion Lutheran Church, serving and glorifying Him in all we say and do," Pastor Deterding said.
Pastor Deterding was born in Kansas City, Mo., where he spent most of his life and his father served as a pastor. He met his wife and best friend of 32 years, Jo Ann, while enrolled at Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn. He later completed his doctor of ministry degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
The Rev. Doctor Curtis L. Deterding with his wife Jo Ann and daughter Faith.
He and his wife have five children. Faith, who is their youngest, will be a sophomore at Cypress Lake High School in the fall.
"There were many strong candidates considered for senior pastor at Zion Church, and our congregation was unanimous in its selection and issuance of the call to Rev. Doctor Curtis L. Deterding," said Gerry Poppe of Zion Lutheran Church. "His grounded faith, extensive education, hands-on experience, and warm and outgoing communication skills all make him the ideal candidate to lead our church."
Pastor Detering and his wife previously lived in Florida where they both served as Lutheran school teachers at Holy Cross Lutheran School in North Miami, Fla. A few years later, he enrolled at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and then went on to serve at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Ohio; assistant pastor of Youth and Family Ministry at Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont, N.C.; coordinator of a special church careers program called Project Samuel at Lutheran Church Missouri Synod on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.; pastor of Faith Lutheran Church and School; and administrative pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Over the years, Pastor Deterding has served the community in many ways. He is a speaker, writer and co-author of a book called "Considering a Church Career." He was a soccer coach and referee and served on numerous boards and advisory rolls.
Zion Lutheran Church has two worship services on Sunday morning, one at 8:30 (Traditional) and one at 10 (Blended Contemporary and Traditional). In season, additional services are offered at 11:30 a.m. (Contemporary).
Zion Lutheran Church is located on 7401 Winkler Road in Fort Myers. For more information, call 481-4040, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Zionfm.org.