Rev. Michael Giese is the latest pastor addition to the Peace Lutheran Church family. He was born and raised in west central Minnesota. When asked where in Minnesota he is from, he describes Granite Falls as a sleepy rural town 47 miles north of Walnut Grove (former home of Laura Ingalls Wilder – “Little House on the Prairie”).
Pastor Mike considers himself “fully Lutheran”, having been a member of seven Lutheran church bodies (ALC, AFLC, LCMS, WELS, CLA, TAALC, NALC). He received his Bachelors of Science in Business from Wayland Baptist University – Alaska campus in 1999 and a Masters of Divinity from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary – Tacoma, Washington in 2006. In addition, Pastor Mike has complete four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE): one unit at Lutheran Hospital – Ft. Wayne, IN and three units at the VA Medical Center – St. Cloud, MN.
Pastor Mike’s previous calls to ministry were in Watseka, Illinois; Patterson, California; and Gonvick, Minnesota.
Pastor Mike married Misty Giese in 1994 and has two children: Justin (age 21) and Amber (age 18). He completed his military career in 2015, after serving in the U.S. Army (Active Duty and Reserve) for 25 years. During his service in the US Army, he received commendations for his work in Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan (2009), Operation Quick Response/Southern Watch – Saudi Arabia (1994), and the Columbia Space Shuttle recovery mission (2003).
In addition to God’s ministry and his family, Pastor Mike’s interests include music, where he was a member of the 70th Division US Army Band (clarinet player) and a participant in the half-time show of Super bowl XXVI, back in 1992.
In 2017 he completed his work on a Masters of Sacred Theology (STM) from the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) – Brookings, SD. He completed his Master’s thesis with the topic: Evangelism as a Theologian of the Cross.