675 S. 7th St ~ Cottage Grove OR 97424
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675 South 7th Avenue
Cottage Grove, OR  97424

Office Phone:       (541) 942-2373
Office Fax:            (541) 942-5321

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Pastor James Markus 


Pastor James L. Markus was born in Seattle, WA, the only boy and youngest of three children.  He was raised in a Christian family and although a life long Lutheran he is a Lutheran pastor by conviction and not simply by circumstance.

Following High School, he attended Western Washington University   (2 Years), Lutheran Bible Institue of Seattle, now Trinity Lutheran College (2 Years) and graduated from George Fox College, Newberg, OR with a Bachelor of Religion degree.

While at LBI he met Elizabeth Swayze who became his wife in 1982 following graduation from GFC.  They moved to St. Louis where he studied at Concordia Seminary.  Vicarage year was spent serving two churches in CT.

Upon graduating from Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree, he was ordained into the holy ministry in 1986 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterbury, CT where he served for 3 years before accepting the call to serve Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Shelton, WA.  After 15 years in Shelton, he accepted the call to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in November of 2004.

Pastor Jim and Elizabeth enjoy their dogs, traveling, hiking, reading and garden work.

 Secretary:     Connie Rowlett

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