I have had the honor and the privilege to serve St. Michael’s since April of 2012. I came to Portland from Alexandria Louisiana where I served in ministry for over 10 years.
My life with God has been a wonderful adventure thus far. I was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. In my early twenties I join the U.S. Navy and served in our submarine fleet. I attended Concordia Theological Seminary and graduated from there in 1988 with a Master’s Degree majoring in Practical Theology.
My first call was to a congregation in Richmond Virginia as Associate Pastor. I continued my education at Concordia University, Chicago taking graduate courses in psychology and counseling. I served in congregations in Marseilles Illinois, Dixon Illinois and Mason City Illinois and all along the way God was teaching me how to love and care for His people. God has also blessed me with the love of the outdoors and so my call to Portland was a perfect fit for someone who loves to hike and be in the beauty of God’s creation.
My whole ministry is centered on caring for people and everywhere I served I have tried to instill that same vision of ministry in the people that God has entrusted to my care.
I invite you to come to St. Michael’s and experience the love and care that we have for all who come through our doors. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you are, or what you may have done – God loves you and so do I and so do the people of St. Michael’s and we do much want to share that love with you.
I have been serving St. Michael’s as their part-time church secretary since 2007.
I grew up in Vancouver, Washington and graduated from Battle Ground High School. I attended Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and graduated from there with an Associate’s degree in Business.
I am married and have two kids, my step-son Chris, and my daughter Codee. I also have the cutest dog, Cuddles. In my free time I enjoy walking, reading and crocheting.
I am usually at St. Michael’s from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Please feel free to stop by during those hours with any donations for Little Lambs Boutique, Community Warehouse, JOIN, Faubion or the Food Bank. You are welcome to call or e-mail at any time with questions that you may have about St. Michael’s ministries.
Dr. William F. Kuhn
Professor of Instrumental Music, came to Concordia University – Portland the fall of 2008 after serving over thirty years in the teaching ministries of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in Chicago, Hong Kong, and from 1993 – 2008, as director of instrumental music at Concordia University, Nebraska. Kuhn received his bachelors degree in music education from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Illinois in 1977 where he studied with such notable Lutheran musicians as Paul Bunjes, Richard Hillert, Carl Schalk, and Thomas Gieschen. His master of music degree (1985) is from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois where he studied with band legend, John Paynter; choral director, Robert Harris and well-known music education philosophers Bennett Reimer and David Elliott. His doctor of education degree in music education (2000) is from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where his advisor was Glenn Niermann, President-elect of the NAfME, the national professional organization for music educators.
At Concordia, Nebraska, his primary responsibility, the Concordia University Wind Ensemble, undertook vigorous concert programs emphasizing sacred, multicultural and contemporary literature and including several local, national, and international commissions. The ensemble kept an active concert schedule both on and off campus, giving concerts in over twenty-five states and undertaking a three-week concert tour to China during Kuhn’s tenure. Kuhn is a member of The College Band Directors National Association, The Oregon Band Directors Association, The Music Educators National Conference, The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and The American Guild of Organists where he is Sub-Dean of the Portland chapter. In 1985 he was inducted into the Alpha chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. He is included in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In addition to his work at Concordia, Kuhn is also Cantor at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Portland. Bill and his wife, Kristine, have two children – Michael, a student in the Master of Arts in teaching program at Concordia, and Elizabeth.