Did You Know? - Luke Feldner Edition
Apr 25 8:04 AM

Did You Know? - Luke Feldner Edition

Apr 25 8:04 AM
Apr 25 8:04 AM

We are continuing our series on Getting to Know your church leaders a little bit better. Read along to learn more about Luke Feldner, who serves on our Elder Council.

Where were you born, and do you still consider that home, or somewhere else?

Born in Beaver Dam, WI, grew up in Milwaukee, WI. East Mountains of New Mexico have been home since 2001.

What did you want to be when you grew up – and is that still a dream?

I wanted to be an Engineer when I grew up --- but I’m pretty much over that now!

What or who was your earliest spiritual influence?

My Dad (Pete) grew up in a loving Christian home himself but was born again in his late twenties when I was young. His early and consistent example has outweighed any other earthly influence in my life and walk.

How and when did Christ call you to Himself?

In retrospect, it seems like He was calling me all throughout middle school, high school, and college. However, I didn’t answer that call before a period of deep skepticism, introspection, and ultimately prayer and Bible study as a graduate student – the same year I married Melissa and moved to New Mexico from Wisconsin.

What is a scripture you often read or share with others?

1 Cor. 10:13 and Ephesians 2:8-10.

What is a special answered prayer you’ve received from the Lord?

My wife, Melissa, coming to faith and the adoption of our amazing children, Zoe Ellen (11) and Josiah Peter (7).

What is a blessing and what is a challenge in serving as an elder?

I have spent more time in focused prayer over our body and its members since being called to serve as an Elder. While I recognize I should pray more than I do, every second spent in personal and corporate prayer for MCC has been a tremendous blessing to me personally, and I’m so appreciative of all the prayer warriors in our body. We are so incredibly blessed to be called His children!

I’ve made plenty of mistakes during my time in leadership, but the most challenging times have resulted from an increased awareness of the many pressures of the world that work to discourage the people of God and divide His church. Unity is worth fighting – and sacrificing – for.  We are family.

What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?

Skiing: originally as an after-school program in 5th grade in WI. Now it’s my favorite way to spend time with family and friends and to travel in the backcountry.

When there’s no snow: Mountain Biking --- how cool we can almost do that year-round in NM!

Reading Theology, Philosophy, and Apologetics: this stuff matters!

What is your favorite family tradition?

Thanksgiving meatballs after skiing powder at Wolf Creek.

How do you enjoy spending a day off?

Hiking or mountain biking the local trails with my family, having friends over for dinner and sitting around a fire at night.

What is the perfect meal?

Smoked brisket; greens; corn bread; mac-and-cheese with green chili and bacon; pumpkin, apple, and/or peach pie.

Who or what never fails to make you laugh? 

Dan Cravens and the Babe Magnet (if you don’t know, you need to).

We asked Melissa: 

What is your favorite trait of Luke's?
His desire to continually learn about theology and God's Word, and his ability to explain and teach it well to others.  Also, his ability to handle hard situations and not let it worry or detract him from the work God has him doing.
What does Luke do that can always make you smile? 
When he reads to the kids after dinner and when he tries to explain complex theological ideas to a 6 year old.


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