Rev. Henry Pahlkotter
Executive Director & HS Principal
Mr. Pahlkotter is a graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan where he graduated with his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. He then received his Master’s in Educational Leadership (Administration) from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, with his certificate in Special Ministries Pastor (SMP) in June of 2023. He was ordained in December of 2021 and is currently pursuing Greek and General Pastor Certification/Masters of Practical Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
He has a wealth of experience in the areas of Lutheran Christian education, school and congregational administration, and has served children, youth, and adults in a wide range of ministries. He has served as a teacher and administrator in both Lutheran ministries (church and school) and public schools. His last call was as Principal and then Executive Pastor at Peace Lutheran Ministries, Saginaw, Michigan.
As a As a Christian educational administrator, he enjoys leading and supporting students, parents, families, and staff as all work together in partnership for the sake of building up God's Kingdom through the means of quality, Christ-centered education. When asked what the best part of following Jesus is, he answered, "I am so blessed to have the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who will listen. I love that God has Called me to share His love, forgiveness and promise of life everlasting with students, families, friends, and staff so that they too can know the saving grace of Christ. I love sharing the hope I have in Christ with others."
Mr. Pahlkotter's wife, Debbie, is serving as Valley's 4th grade teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. Together they have three adult children: Henry Garet (Chicago); Olivia (Cedar Falls); and Gavin lives with them. They are all graduates of Lutheran Christian schools. He enjoys spending time with family, gardening, learning, creating art, traveling, and spending time with friends. He is especially enjoying going to seminary and learning more about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.