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).