Meet Our Pastors
Rev. James H. Winterstein
Rev. James H. Winterstein

Pastor Winterstein was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the time his father was a studying for the ministry at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  He grew up in the various places that his father served as pastor and missionary:  Grafton, WI, Tsuchiura, Japan, and Monroe, MI.  Pastor Winterstein attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary, a Synod prep high school in Saginaw, MI, graduating in 1983.  He attended the Synod's pastor training college, Northwestern College in Watertown, WI, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1987.  He attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, graduating with a M.Div. degree in 1991.  He served WELS congregations in Grand Rapids, MN, and Victorville, CA, before accepting the call to serve as pastor at Pilgrim in 1999.  Pastor Winterstein and his wife Wendy have 4 children who have all had the privilege of attending Pilgrim Lutheran School.  His hobbies include reading, outdoor activities, and sports. 
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Rev. Robert D. Bushaw
Assistant Pastor

Pastor Bushaw was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He attended St. John Lutheran Grade School, Hazel Park Junior High, and Harding High School, graduating in 1967.  It was at Hazel Park Junior High he met his future wife, Karen nee Krahn.  Pastor and Karen started dating as juniors in high school and have been together every since.  Pastor attended Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin, graduating with a B.A. in 1972.  Pastor and Karen were married on June 17, 1972 and have been blessed with a daughter, Michelle, and a son, Adam.  He continued his study for the ministry at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin, graduating in 1976 with a M.Div.  Pastor and Karen have served in congregations in Sierra Madre, CA, for 10 years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and for 25 years in Jordan, MN. Pastor “officially retired” October 24, 2010.  He was called to serve as Assistant Pastor to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ on October 1, 2017.  Pastor enjoys reading, golf, camping, and spending time with his wife, Karen. 

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