The Rev. Dr. Beth Warpmaeker (contact)
“It is my privilege to steward, grow and increase the gifts from God entrusted to this congregation for God’s mission in this community and the world. We are blessed in order to be a blessing! I also love seeing people get excited about their faith. My family includes a husband and two sons. We’re involved in Cross Country, Band and Swim Team. When not at church, you can usually find us at these school and community events.”
The Rev. Dr. Beth Warpmaeker is the daughter of two Lutheran pastors from Texas, Rodney and Nancy Maeker. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and International Studies from Texas Lutheran University in 1992. She continues to support Texas Lutheran University by serving on the Board of Regents.
In 1997, Beth received both a Master of Arts Degree in Islamic Studies and a Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her seminary internship was spent in the Middle East at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. Beth has led seven group trips to the Holy Land and she continues to support the ministries of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem through Bright Stars of Bethlehem.
Beth and her husband, Mark (also a pastor) moved to Houston in 1998. She was ordained and her first call was as Associate Pastor and Campus Minister at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, from 1999 to 2003. Beth was then called to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 2005 where she served as Pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach until July 2014. After 10 years in Minnesota, they returned to Houston once again. Beth began her call at Kinsmen Lutheran in September 2014. In May 2017 she completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Luther Seminary, which focused on Congregational Mission and Leadership. During this program she became a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Beth is married to The Rev. Mark Warpmaeker who is the Executive Director of Alpha Houston. They have two sons and one dog–Stanley.
The Rev. Mark England (contact)
“I am passionate about helping people live a life shaped by the life of Jesus.
Here at Kinsmen I get to work with youth and their families and connect people of all ages to groups where they can experience life together. I’m also a father of one daughter, husband to Sheri, walker of Rockie. In my spare time, I like to run and laugh a lot.”
Pastor Mark England serves as the Pastor of Youth, Family, and Groups and has served this congregation since 2008. Previously, he served as the Associate Pastor at Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia from 1999-2008. He is a graduate of Baylor University (Bachelor of Science, Education) and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Master of Divinity). He has also received Mediation Skills Training from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, received training as a Life and Leadership Coach from CoachNet and has been trained as a Healthy Congregations Facilitator.