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Know Your Neighbors: Patrick

Patrick Pinion, 37, has been the minister at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling, for 3 years.

He and his wife, Jeanette Pinion, 38, have two daughters, Alison, 7, and Marie, 3. Patrick is the son of W. Dan Pinion of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Gelina Nunn of DeKalb. He has a brother, Nathan Pinion, 35, of Des Moines, Iowa; a half brother, Jacob Pinion, 23, of Missouri; and a half sister, Rachel Keleher, 25, of Wisconsin.

On-the-job lesson: Always go that extra mile to spend time with your family.

Alma mater: I graduated in 1990 from North Kossuth High School, Swea City, Iowa. I got my bachelor’s degree at Northern Illinois University and my Master of Divinity from Concordia University, St. Louis.

Philosophy: You gotta have faith.

Hearts: Basketball, tennis, soccer, football, golf, reading, Star Wars and watching sports on TV.

Darts: Talking on the phone. I like to talk face to face.

Haunts: The tennis courts and parks with my family.

Hero: My father. He’s the wisest person I know, and a wonderful father.

First job: I was a gas station attendant in Swea City when I was 16. It was money.

First car: A Chevrolet Impala when I was 16.

Read this: “Icons of Evolution,” by Jonathan Wells.

Phobia: Heights.

Guilty pleasure: Starburst candy.

I’d like to meet: Martin Luther.

In the dictionary next to: Patient.

Trading places: I’d like to be football announcer Al Michaels. I’d love to call a Sunday night football game.

Trading spaces: I’d like to visit Greece. I have a passion for ancient history and Greek mythology.

Best thing about Sterling: The park district.

Shout out to: The youth group at Messiah.

Do you know someone who ought to be featured in Know Your Neighbors? Write to Phil Hartman at or call 800-798-4085, ext. 524.

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