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Christ the King Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Christ the King Lutheran Church has a new addition to the pulpit this Sunday as the congregation is installing James Buske, formerly of Watertown, Wis., as an associate pastor.

The installation is at 4 p.m. at the church, located at 8059 Chico Way.

Some sister congregations are participating in the installation ceremony.

Buske will assume the lead pastor’s duties so Ted Lambert, the associate pastor, can focus on his role as Pacific Northwest District’s president of the Angelical Lutheran Synod.

The Angelical Lutheran Synod is an alliance of Lutheran churches that has a conference every two years. It started in the United States in 1850 and is now about 1,300 congregations strong. The synod meets to discuss the views of the church and the church’s future, Lambert said.

Lambert described the church’s view as being “conservative” and similar to that of Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family,” with which the Lutheran church is not affiliated.

Buske attended the University of Wisconsin for a year then transferred to Northwestern College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He also attended the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, where he taught religion and was assigned as a tutor to Luther Prepatory School in Watertown.

This May, he was assigned to Christ the King Lutheran.

He also has served as a vicar with St. Mark Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Wis.

“He comes to use with some experience,” Lambert said.

Buske is married and he and his wife, Terry, have a daughter named Zoe.

Buske moved to Bremerton with his family last week.

Lambert said he is excited to have someone with Buske’s experience and qualifications at the church. Lambert’s also excited to have someone to talk sports with.

“He’s a great sports fan (he likes) fishing, hunting, and I think I saw some golf clubs,” Lambert said.

For more information about Christ the King Lutheran, call (360) 692-8798.

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