Reverend Michael G. Lilienthal
Pastor Michael Lilienthal
Pastor Lilienthal is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota, where he was actively involved in the theatre department, performing in main-stage productions of Romeo and Juliet, Child of Grace, Tartuffe, and as the title role in Hamlet. Additionally he enjoyed directing, writing, and otherwise participating in student-led and community programs. He graduated May 13, 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, magna cum laude.
The following semester he began his studies at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, also in Mankato, Minnesota where he studied biblical languages, Dogmatics, Homiletics, Hermeneutics, and pastoral counseling. In his senior year, he served as student body president, and, under the advisement of Rev. Prof. Adolph Harstad, wrote and defended his Master of Divinity thesis, titled “The Righteous Cry Out and the Lord Hears: Reading the Psalms Privately and Corporately.” On May 14, 2014, Lilienthal received his vicar assignment to serve Redeemer Lutheran Church, Iola, Wisconsin, during which year he served as the congregation’s sole called minister, with Rev. Harvey Abrahamson supervising as bishop. Lilienthal received a degree as Master of Divinity and a Divine Call to serve as Pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church of Omro, Wisconsin, and Redeemer Lutheran Church of Iola, Wisconsin, upon his graduation from the seminary on May 13, 2015. His ordination and installation took place July 5, 2015.
Lilienthal has a gift for languages, and particularly enjoys the translation of biblical Hebrew and Greek, a gift he uses in his own studies and in sermon preparation. Additionally, he enjoys both the reading and writing of poetry, fiction, and drama. In 2012 Lilienthal was commissioned by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod Historical Society to write a stage play depicting the life of Rev. Bjug Harstad, first president of the reorganized Norwegian Synod in 1917. The play was produced and performed under the author’s direction in the Sigurd K. Lee Theater on the Bethany Lutheran College campus for the Evangelical Lutheran Synod‘s 2013 Annual Synod Convention.
Pastor and his wife, Sarah, enjoy board games, camping, attending the opera, and spoiling their cat and dog.