This is Vicar Kurt Steinbrueck. Many of you may know me as the guy who’s been up front strumming his guitar for the late service for the past several years. I’ve been a member of Family of Christ since 2005. In that time, I’ve been able to get to know many of you, but we have a pretty big church. So, for those of you whom I have not had the pleasure to get to know, yet, I thought I’d post a little about myself.
I met this cute girl, Melissa, back in college. Somehow, I was able to convince her to go on a date with me. We dated for a while in college and then graduated. She moved up to Atlanta, GA and got a job teaching 1st grade. I followed her up there because I was smart enough to know a good thing when I had it. Not long after we were in ATL, I asked her to marry me. We got married shortly after, in 2005, and a month later moved down to Tampa. A few years later, in 2009, we were blessed with the birth of a sweet, little girl, Kaylee, who has been a great joy in our lives.
Melissa teaches 3rd grade here at Family of Christ Christian School and Kaylee does her best to wear out the swings at the Child Development Center. She also seems to have made it a personal goal to wear every grain of sand from the playground home with her.
I was born in New York to Richard and Judy Steinbrueck. Both were teachers in the Lutheran school system. Less than a year after I was born we moved down to Florida so my dad could take a job as a youth minister at Faith Lutheran Church in Dunedin, FL. I grew up in a Lutheran family that was active in the church and I was very involved in the church as well.
In college (Georgia Southern University) I was very involved the campus ministry life. It was in one of those ministries that I met Melissa. After college I spent two years as an intern campus minister at Georgia Southern University with the inter-denominational campus ministry, Christian Campus Fellowship.
Since then, I have been an active member in a few different Lutheran churches around Georgia. When Melissa and I were considering moving to Tampa before we got married, we visited our friends, Joe and Jen Burley, at this church called Family of Christ. After one visit, we knew we wanted to make FOC our church home.
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Melissa and I became members of Family of Christ in 2005. I was blessed that the fantastic musicians here were kind enough to let me join the praise band. Music has always been a love of mine (believe it or not, I actually have a Masters in Music Composition) and being a part of leading the music in worship is like a dream, it combines my love for music and my love for God.
I served for a while on school board and then for several years as a Deacon. A few years ago I started feeling more and more the call to return to ministry. In early 2012 I learned about the Specific Ministry Program (SMP) at the seminary and, after prayerful consideration with Melissa, I jumped at the opportunity.
When Pastor Dave, Bill Whitehead, and I were talking about the possibility of joining the SMP program, Pastor said that he had been thinking about starting up some satellite church campuses around the Tampa area. The SMP program would give us the great opportunity for Bill and I to be trained as pastors, continue being a part of our church family here at FOC, and then help to start a couple satellite campuses.
In the SMP program students are ordained after 2 years of classes. For Bill and I, that will be November or December of 2014. So, the plan is for me to start a satellite campus, probably in the Wesley Chapel area, in the beginning of 2015. Of course, there is much to do in the mean time and we continue to seek the Lord’s direction as we plan for the future.
I look forward to continuing to grow and serve with people who have really come to be my family in Christ. I appreciate your prayer and support as we walk this journey together. Please know that you have my prayer and support always.