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10995 Canada Road
Birch Run, MI, 48415
United States


St. Martin's is a part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and we invite you to meet our family of friendly faces, open hearts, and Christ-driven lives. 



About the St. Martin Family

Pastoral Leadership & Staff

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James Chinery


Rev. James Chinery is Senior Pastor at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Birch Run and has been serving there since 2010. Prior to accepting the call at St. Martin, Chinery served as Senior Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain, MI for 4 years. He is currently 48 years old.  

A native of Saginaw, MI, Chinery received his B.S. in Biology from Alma College, M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Illinois University, M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and his M.Div. from Luther Seminary in 2006. Before entering the seminary, Chinery worked as an occupational therapist, most recently as vice-president of operations for Legacy Healthcare Services out of Raleigh, N.C.

Reverend Chinery is a musician and an avid outdoorsman. He is the author of two novels, Bane and Blessing and Cleave the Darkness (suitable for ages 13 & up). He lives in Frankenmuth, MI with his wife, Beth, and their three children, Ruth, Ivan and Roxane.


Randy Bickel

Director of Family Life & Youth Ministries


Lori Quinn

Administrative Assistant

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Stephanie Revard

Worship Director


Renee Mason

Director of Peace of Mind Child Development Center