Our Pastor

Rev. Chuck Hoffman

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Hoffman Family reduced sizeRev. Chuck Hoffman has been serving as Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church since August 2018.

Born and raised in Traverse City, MI, Pastor Chuck attended Michigan State University and graduated with a BA in history.  During his freshman year, he was baptized and received into membership at Martin Luther Chapel in East Lansing, MI.  During his college years, he was an active attender and drove the church van to pick up fellow students in the dorms.  Pastor Chuck also went on two short-term mission trips to El Paso, TX / Juarez, Mexico to serve at Ysleta Lutheran Mission during Spring Break servent event trips.

Upon graduation Pastor Chuck was sent to Taiwan with LC-MS World Mission to serve in the special Volunteer Youth Ministry program.  These VYM volunteers took six months of language training and served small churches for two-year commitments.  Pastor Chuck spent a total of 3.5 years in Taiwan and became a fluent Chinese speaker.

In 2007 Pastor Chuck began preparation for the pastoral ministry at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  In 2009, Pastor Chuck and Jean were married at Martin Luther Chapel in East Lansing, and immediately set out on a road trip to California where Chuck had been assigned to vicarage.  During vicarage at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Milpitas, CA, Pastor Chuck and Jean served a two-week short term mission trip to Central Asia, going to two of the former Soviet Republics and working with a small Muslim minority people group.

After graduation in 2011 with his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, Pastor Chuck received a call to serve St. Mark Lutheran Church in Elko, Nevada.  Three years later, Pastor Chuck accepted a call through the Office of International Mission to serve as pastor of International Lutheran Church in Seoul, South Korea.  In this capacity Pastor Chuck was called as a career missionary to South Korea.  Pastor Chuck then accepted a call back to Northern Michigan in the summer of 2018 to serve as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Boyne City.

Pastor Chuck and Jean are proud parents of four children.  Twin eight-year-old daughters: Anneliese and Elsie, and twin six-year-old sons: Joshua and Christian.  

Church Leadership

Board of Elders:

  • Greg Danforth
  • Jay Higgins
  • Jake Bernthal
  • Mark Szaniszlo
  • Dave Newsom
  • Rob Polleys

Council Members:

  • President: Chris Randall
  • Vice-President: Nathan Zowada
  • Treasurer: Maurie Tompkins
  • Secretary: Nancy Lawson
  • Board of Property: James Shepherd
  • Board of Finance: John Snyder
  • Board of Fellowship: Jonna Korthase
  • Board of Outreach: Grace Batista
  • Board of Youth: Liza Schmiege
  • Board of Caregiving: Nan Polleys


  • Choir Director: Dee Kelly
  • Organists: Jon Teuscher, Patty Walton, Becky Palmiter


  • Nancy Lawson


  • Wayne Gerberding