Pastor John Dinkins joined our family here at First Lutheran Pillager on January, 1st 2018. He was born in Aransas Pass, TX on February 23 1980 to Clara P. Henke and Jonny Dale Dinkins, and grew up a few miles away in Ingleside, TX. John joined the Army immediately after graduating from High School and served tours in various locals to include Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea as an enlisted member of the Army Chaplain Corps. After his first enlistment he began attending Concordia Texas where he majored in General Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Languages. Prior to completion; however he was activated by the Texas National Guard to serve in Iraq.  Returning to Active duty, he continued to serve on various assignments while working on his education. He is currently a student of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Tacoma WA. John has three children Jonathan (10), Addison Quinn (5), and Matthew (3).