Desiring a quality and biblically based pastoral education, he traveled half way around the world to Mankato, Minnesota where he received an M. Div. from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2000.
He vicared at King of Grace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, MN, 1999-2000.
Pastor Kerkow was called to serve Peace Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN, which was an exploratory mission at the time. He served there from 2000-2011. In June 2011, he accepted the call to serve as an exploratory missionary to the areas of Cedar Park and Leander, TX. He continues to serve the area.
Pastor Kerkow is married to Rachel, who is originally from Wisconsin. They have been blessed with four children: Anna (18), Sophia (16), Jadon (14), and William(11).
Pastor Dan Ruiz was born and grew up in Naples, Florida. As a teenager he was greatly influenced by his pastor to become one himself. He attended Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN from 2008-2012. Here he graduated with a B.A. in sociology. He then continued on to Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, where he received an M.Div. in 2016.
He was called as a vicar to Hope Lutheran Church in Leander, TX, 2015-2016.
Pastor Ruiz was then extended a call to return to Hope Lutheran Church as a missionary pastor in June of 2016.
Pastor Ruiz is married to Katie who was born and raised in Willmar, MN. She also graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in 2012. They have been blessed with four children: Adrianna (5), Everest (4), Elias(2), and Atticus (3 months).