Pastor Domke has been serving as Senior Pastor at Mt. Calvary since his installation in September of 2007. The following is a brief biography.
Rev. Daniel M. Domke was born in Alpena, Michigan in 1953. He served in the United States Navy, from July 1971 to July 1975. After boot camp and ‘A’ school, he was stationed at NAS Imperial Beach Ca., NAS North Island, CA and was attached to VS-41, and then spent the majority of his service stationed at NAS Agana Guam, where he was attached to VQ-THREE, a TACAMO C-130 Squadron. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended Concordia College Ann Arbor Michigan graduating in the fall of 1979 with a major in Science and earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
A graduate of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, a Seminary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), Rev. Domke earned a Masters of Divinity and was ordained into the Holy Ministry June 1983.
He served St. John Lutheran Church, Elisabeth, MN, as Pastor from July 31, 1983 to Dec. 1989. He also served Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Fergus Falls, MN, as an assistant pastor during the same time. He served Trinity Lutheran Church and School as Senior Pastor from 1989 to 1999. He then served First Evangelical Lutheran Church as the Admin. Pastor from January 9, 2000 to September 30, 2007. As of September 30, 2007, he began serving Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron, South Dakota.
He is married to Linda Kay (Young) Domke. Linda enjoys reading, doing cross stitch and choir. He and Linda have been married for 42 years, and have three grown daughters Kristi Turner (Domke) husband Steve (Orlando, FL), Shelly Thomas (Domke) husband Dave (St. Paul, MN), Leah Fringer (Domke) Lt. Commander Roger Fringer is her husband and he is stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Fl. They have two grandchildren, Abby & Seth Fringer.
Rev Domke has been the director of the “Men’s Retreat” in the Minnesota North District of the LCMS for the last 22 years. The retreat is held at Lutheran Island Camp, near Henning, MN. Lutheran Island Camp is located on a island in East Battle Lake, MN. He has served as the Chairman of the “Tell the Good News About Jesus Committee” for the Minnesota North District from 2002 to 2004. He has served on the Bd of Directors for Lutheran Island Camp from 2003 to 2007. He is a member of the Creation Science Environmental Learning Center Task Force, Dedication Committee, at Luthernan Camp and chaired the vision and curriculum committee. The goal of the task force is to begin a ‘Creation Science Environmental Learning Center’ where youth, adults, Lutheran Teachers and Pastors will study creational topics to be equipped to teach creation and be prepared to engage the world with the message of Christ.
He also has served as the pastoral advisor for the Fergus Falls Chapter of Lutherans For Life, from 1986 to 1993 and was its founder. He also helped start and advised the Grand Rapids Area Lutherans for Life, which began its work in 2002. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Brephos Pregnancy Center as Chairman of this Crisis Pregnancy Center in Grand Rapids, MN from 2005 to 2007.
He served as the Pastoral Advisor to the Steering Committee of Christ Lutheran Academy, a committee working to start a LCMS School in North Eastern Minnesota. This work began in 2005.
He speaks and teaches on a wide range of topics including Angels, Marriage and Family, Abortion, The New Age Movement, Pastor Elder Ministry, Male Headship in the family and the Church, Feminism, Satanism, Islam, Defense of the Bible, and Secular Humanism. He has written a New Member Adult Class revolving around the first 11 chapters of Genesis titled “Spring Board to Life”. He has conducted workshops and trained people, pastors in evangelism and witnessing.
He speaks and teaches on other subjects including Worldviews, Homosexuality, Creation, the Order of Creation and many books of the bible especially Genesis, Daniel, and Revelation. He has conducted annual retreats for pastors, and elders. He led the Lake of the Woods retreat, a Men's Ministry sponsored by the Board of Elders of First Lutheran Church Grand Rapids, MN. Further, he leads confirmation retreats for his congregations.
He is strongly committed to being Confessionally Lutheran, and is committed to upholding the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible. He believes with St. Paul that we must in all we teach and proclaim point people to Christ for their salvation making clear the gospel as the means of grace to achieve this work. He believes in strong catechesis for both youth and adults. He believes in biblical absolute truth and moral absolutes. He believes that worldview education and apologetics are key components for believers to be equipped to discern truth from error and readied to engage the culture with both Law and Gospel.
He also believes that the teaching church is the church that will grow strong in the Lord as people grow in their knowledge and confidence that the Bible (Colossians 1:10) is in all its parts is the very Word of God and thus readies the church to be a growing and dynamic witness to the gospel . Further, he believes that in an increasingly secular and pagan world, we must evangelize using St. Paul’s methods as outlined in Act 17: 22 ff.
Administrative Assistant: Lorna McMillan Custodian: Bob Mayfield
Organists: Nancy Ziegeldorf and Melanie Kludt
Organists and Co-Choir Directors: Emily Cruse and Julie Kropuenske