Rev. Kevin Vogts
and Terese (nee Schmidt) Vogts were united in marriage in 1990. They have been blessed
with three children, Jacob, Sarah, and Anna.
Jacob is an engineering student at Iowa State University, Sarah is
studying bassoon performance at the University of Kansas, and Anna is a
student at Lutheran High School of Kansas City. Terese is a native of Winner,
South Dakota, graduate of the University of South Dakota, and a Registered Medical Technologist
at LabCorp in Overland Park, Kansas.
Rev. Vogts, Terese, and Anna are at home in the parsonage adjacent to Trinity.
A large group of pastors from the area joined
in the celebration for the installation of
Rev. Kevin Vogts as the pastor of Trinity at a special service on
September 15, 2013.
Rev. Vogts has a unique connection to Trinity. His
great-great-grandparents, Johann and Katherina Windler, were among the
first settlers at “Block Corners” in 1865, and founding members of the
congregation in 1868. In 1870 their daughter Anna Windler, his
great-grandmother, was among the congregation’s first Confirmands and
first graduates of Trinity Lutheran School. That same year her
mother passed away, so that Rev. Vogts’ great-great-grandmother’s
prominent gravestone is in the first row of the church’s cemetery.
Nearly 150 years after
passing, her great-great-grandson can look out the window
sitting at his desk in his study at the parsonage and
see her grave a few hundred feet away!
Rev. Vogts has served as Pastor of Trinity since
September, 2013. From 2003-2013 he was Pastor of
Lutheran Church, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. From 1998-2003 he was Director of
Communications and Church Relations at
Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin, the largest Lutheran university in
North America. In that role he oversaw the
university’s marketing and public relations efforts, founded and
edited the university magazine Concordian, served as a
liaison to pastors and congregations, represented the university at
conferences, conventions and by preaching in congregations
throughout the nation, and led workshops in evangelism and church
growth. He was also involved in the recruitment of future
pastors, teachers and other church workers. In addition to
serving at Concordia, he assisted with pastoral duties at
Lutheran Church, Mequon.
A native of Canton, Kansas, Rev. Vogts is a
graduate of St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas (B.A. 1982) and
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (M.Div. 1986), and has done
additional graduate study at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia
Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He has participated in
archaeological excavations in Jordan and traveled extensively throughout
the Middle East. A professional photographer, he has a
comprehensive library of photographs illustrating the Biblical world.
Rev. Vogts recently took an extensive mission trip to Kenya, Africa,
with Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod, where he
visited dozens of Lutheran congregations and had the joy of preaching on
a mountaintop to an outdoor assembly of Kenyan Lutherans.
Articles and photographs by Rev. Vogts have been
featured in several publications, including
The Lutheran Witness,
The Federalist, and he has been a guest several times on the Lutheran radio programIssues,
From 2004-2010 Rev. Vogts served as Vice-Chairman of the LCMS Board for Communications
Services, and was previously on the Communications Committee of the LCMS
South Wisconsin District. He was Chairman of the Evangelism Committee of the LCMS
South Dakota District and taught courses in evangelism for
the district’s Lay Leadership Institute. He was a delegate to the
1998, 2001, 2010, 2013, and 2016 LCMS national conventions, serving as a
member of Floor Committees
in 1998, 2001, and 2013, and as Floor Committee Secretary in 1998 and
2001. He was also Secretary and
Chairman of Floor Committees for the 2009 and 2012 LCMS South Dakota
celebrated his 25th Ordination Anniversary on August 14, 2011. He
was honored to have his friends Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison,
President of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and Rev. Dr. Walter Obare, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya, present
for the occasion, with President Harrison serving as guest preacher.
(Due to the 2011 flood which forced the evacuation of the entire Dakota
Dunes community and closure of Holy Cross Lutheran Church for several
months the 25th Ordination Anniversary service was held at Concordia
Lutheran Church, Sioux City, Iowa as shown in the video above.)
Director of Christian Education
Janette Reinke, Youth Director
Director of Christian Education Janette Reinke serves as Trinity’s Youth
Director. Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Janette is a 1995 graduate of
Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska with DCE certification. After
working as a DCE for congregations in Tennessee and Kansas, she took
time off when she had two daughters, and to obtain a Master’s Degree in
Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University. She currently
has her own counseling service in Lenexa, Kansas, which allows her to
also serve Trinity part-time. She may be contacted by email at
email@example.com, or called or texted at 785-550-7771.