The Rev. Thaine Kister has been installed as dual pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Socorro, and Christ The King Lutheran Church in Los Lunas. Kister grew up on a farm/ranch north of Scottsbuff, Neb., graduating from Mitchell High school in 1991. He attended in graduated from the University of Nebraska received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences in 1995. After college, he worked for Case Corporation in suburban Chicago before returned home in 1998 to farm with his father.
After a couple of years of job changes and increased involvement in his home congregation in Scottsbluff, he attended the University of Wyoming in the fall of 2002 as a graduate assistant in the College of Education, assisting with vocational agriculture classes.
During his time in Laramie, he served as a deacon at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus center. Having considered going to seminary for several years, he decided to leave Wyoming to attend Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., in the spring o 2003. Beginning summer Greek in 2003, he met his future wife, Valerie.
After two years of seminary, the couple was married on June 4, 2005, in Valerie’s home church, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown, Iowa. A couple of months later, they spent one year for his vicarage assignment at St. Paul’s LCMS in Red Bluff and Mt. Olive LCMS in Corning, California. He completed his Masters of Divinity degree on Mary 18, 2007. He accepted his first call to St. Peter’s and Trinity-Walter Townships an was ordained on July 22, 2007, before receiving and accepting his second call to serve the tri-parishes in Minnesota of Trinity LCMS – Walter Township, Grace LCMS in Correll, Trinity LCMS in Odessa in March of 2014.
Aside from his pastoral duties, Rev. Kister enjoys woodworking, automotive, artwork, working on his classic Camaro, golfing, fishing and hunting every now and then as well as mountain biking on occasion.
His wife, Valerie, grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa. With more than 13 years of experience in newspapering, she obtained her Master of Arts degree in theology from Concordia Theological Seminary in 2005. She helped found and edit the newsletter (2001-2007) for the Siberian Lutheran Mission Society (SLMS), a group of pastors and laypeople that support spreading the Gospel in Siberia, Russia. The newsletter focused on the growing fellowship of Lutheran churches in Siberia.
Her main hobby is doing counted-cross stitch. She enjoys stitching anything from religious to vintage artwork. Other hobbies are baking, candy making, and card making. She also enjoys horseback riding and traveling with her husband, when the have the chance.