Saturday evenings: 5:00 PM
Sunday mornings: 9:00 AM
Sunday mornings: 10:15 AM
Sunday mornings: 8:00 AM
Wednesday evenings: 7:00 PM
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Colin Rieke spent a majority of his early childhood growing up in southern Africa as his dad was a missionary there. Pastor Rieke lived in Zambia and Malawi until beginning High School at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI. Upon graduating high school, his dad became a pastor in La Crosse, WI where Pastor Rieke met his wife Kristin. Pastor Rieke attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. After graduating, he and Kristin were married.
After three years of intense classroom study and a one year spent at a congregation in Big Rapids, Michigan, Pastor Rieke graduated Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2011. His first assignment was to start a mission site at Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson, Arizona. After six years in Arizona, Pastor Rieke accepted the call to Palos Lutheran Church, and arrived in July, 2017.
Pastor Rieke and his wife Kristin are blessed with four children – Grace, Chloe, Roman & Bella. Pastor Rieke loves spending time with his family exploring the greater Chicago area and also enjoys a variety of physical activities like running, swimming and biking.
A Church That Works
Here at Palos we believe in faith in action. Not because our salvation is dependent upon good works – no, we believe Jesus did everything needed for our salvation on the cross – but because we are grateful for everything God has given us and desire to serve him through serving others. And because we want others to have the peace and comfort that we enjoy through the sure knowledge that heaven is our home. We do this by serving the needs of others – body and soul.
To that end, we engage in a number of community and charitable events throughout the year. Some of these include Easter for Kids, our annual church picnic, Vacation Bible School, donation drives for organizations like Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and for survivors of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween Trunk or Treat, Christmas for Kids, and many more.
The Our Ministry page on this site has more information on who we are, our Synod Affiliation, and the core beliefs which bring us together as a unified church family.
One of the things our members love most about our church is the close-knit, family atmosphere we hold dear. We’re a small bunch – not quite 200 members strong – but because of our size you can be sure that you’ll never be just a nameless face here. We’re hoping to grow and, God willing, our new building project will be an important part of that, but we will fight hard to preserve the meaningful relationships and close-knit fellowship that makes our little church feel like home.