Rev. Jeff Burgess, Pastor
Pastor Jeff was born in September of 1988 and raised in Berea, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland). In 2011, he received a Bachelor’s degree in German and Comparative Religion from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While studying at Miami University, he met Bailey in a Comparative Religion class. After college graduation, he began studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Pastor Jeff and Bailey were married in the summer of 2015 after Bailey received her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis and Jeff completed Vicarage at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carbondale, Illinois. The next year, Jeff finished seminary and Bailey worked as a Social Worker in the St. Louis area. In 2016, Jeff received a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri and was called to serve as pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mancelona, Michigan. Two years later their daughter, Miriam was born. After serving at St. Matthew for three and a half years, Pastor Jeff accepted the Call to serve at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamburg, Michigan. He was installed at St. Paul in May 2020.
Among other vocational interests, Pastor Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, taking on small projects around the house, singing, hiking, traveling, researching genealogy, and speaking German. He always welcomes a visit and good conversation over a cup of coffee.
Miriam Yakimow, Director of Family Ministry
Miriam grew up as a LCMS pastor’s kid in Indiana. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She completed her Master’s Degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, while working at the same time in youth and family ministry. During her time in Minnesota, she and Scott were married. Scott then went on to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and she continued to work in family ministry full-time at Beautiful Savior Lutheran in Bridgeton, MO. Their first child was born in St. Louis. They spent 4 years in Africa as LCMS missionaries, 3 in Kenya and 1 in Morocco. Their second child was born in Kenya. Upon returning to the US, Scott began his Ph.D. studies first at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and then at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. They now have 5 children and spent 5 years in the Portland, Oregon, area where Scott served as a Theology professor at Concordia University. During their time in the Pacific Northwest, Miriam returned to professional family ministry after taking a hiatus while their children were young.
Miriam’s ministry focus includes connecting generations in the congregation, providing resources and programs to connect faith and home, encouraging faith at home, and using faith milestone events to bless families and youth as they journey in faith together.