Meet The Staff
PASTOR ALEX AIVARS
Pastor Alex was born and raised in Michigan, growing up in Kalamazoo and Portage. Church was always a big part of his family’s life as he attended Sunday school, youth group, and youth gatherings in middle and high school. After high school he attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and then Western Michigan University. Right after graduating college, he started working in Web development at Western Michigan University. Five years later he received his call to ministry while attending the Gay Christian Network conference (now called Q Christian Fellowship) in Chicago. A year and a half later he started seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
He is a member of Proclaim, the professional organization for Lutheran pastors, deacons, candidates, and seminarians who publicly identify as LGBTQIA+.
In his free time he enjoys reading, listening to music (contemporary Christian is a favorite), being outdoors (biking, hiking and skiing are favorites), and being creative (drawing, playing the saxophone and Cajon, and dancing are favorites).
Pastor Alex’s office hours are Mon – Wed, 10:00am – 3:30pm. He can be reached via email: PastorAlex@StStephenOnline.org or by calling the church office: 517-321-2244.