meet our pastor

After growing up in south suburban Chicago, Pastor Jim Turriff graduated from Northwestern College in Watertown, WI [BA in 1991], and received degrees from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI [MDiv in 1995 and STM in 2009].  He married Janine Schulz in 1997 after he served as a teacher, coach, and dorm supervisor at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI for two years.  Pastor Turriff served Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Madison, AL for 10 years.  Then he served Grace Lutheran in Yakima, WA for 8 years before coming to Gloria Dei.  Janine currently serves as a substitute teacher in Lakeland and Bartlett and church musician at Gloria Dei.  The Turriffs have two children- Emma and Evan who both attend Luther Preparatory School.  In his spare time, Pastor Turriff enjoys shopping at the local thrift stores, geocaching, microbreweries, and cheering for the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Sounders.