Pastor Ian Kinney joins NEK Lutheran Partnership


Pastor Ian Kinney stands with his family after being ordained on Saturday, June 26. Pictured are (L-R) Hannah holding Eva, and Pastor Ian Kinney holding Raphael.
Pastor Ian Kinney is ordained at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hiawatha on Saturday, June 26.

A new face is gracing the Northeast Kansas Partnership churches in Sabetha, Fairview and Hiawatha, and Pastor Ian Kinney is ready to serve the Lord’s “sheep” in any way he can.

“I am excited to be part of the community and serve the people in whatever way I can,” Pastor Kinney said.

Pastor Kinney – who was ordained at Zion in Hiawatha on June 26 – knew from an early age that he “desired to serve the Church as a pastor.”

“In Matthew 9, Jesus tells His apostles, ‘pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest,’” Pastor Kinney said. “With that divine command and apostolic intent, Jesus has sustained His Church throughout time by equipping, training, calling and sending laborers out into His harvest to care for His people with His Holy Word and Sacrament. All that being said, I desired to serve the Church as a pastor from a young age and after being trained, called and sent, I was ordained as a pastor. There was no light from heaven, or voice, or whisper. Instead, through His means of Baptism, the Scriptures, Confession and Absolution, and the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Spirit forged me into someone He could use for His purposes of caring for His sheep.”

Pastor Kinney attended college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Then, he attended Seminary at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., and graduated in May 2021. Once he graduated, he was called by and sent the Northeast Kansas Partnership of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Along with Reverend Michael Dunaway, he now serves as Pastor to First Lutheran Church in Sabetha, Immanuel Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairview, and Zion Lutheran Church in Hiawatha.

Pastor Kinney currently lives in Hiawatha, but spends a couple of days a week in Sabetha.

“Usually on those days, I work out of my study at First [Lutheran Church] or I work at Downtown Coffee in town,” Pastor Kinney said.

Pastor Kinney said that his favorite thing about being a Pastor is being a “steward of the mysteries.”

“As Saint Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4, my favorite thing [about being a Pastor] is being a ‘steward of the mysteries.’ In which I, with much trepidation and humility, and out of no worthiness of my own, have been called and ordained to preach the word and administer the sacraments. Preaching Christ Crucified, teaching the faith and being a minister of God’s gifts is the greatest joy that I have.”

About Pastor Kinney

Pastor Kinney was born and raised in Belleville, Ill., on the east side of St Louis. Before moving to Sabetha, he lived with his family in Fort Wayne, Ind., while attending Seminary for four years.

Pastor Kinney and his wife – Hannah – were married in May of 2018 in Millstadt, Ill. They have one daughter, Eva, who was born in February 2019, and one son, Raphael, who was born in October 2020.

In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife and children. He also likes to garden, hunt, fish and spend time outdoors.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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