Pastor Bill Yonker serves as the Senior Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee, Illinois, a large suburban congregation with a large school. He travels around the country between 18 to 20 weekends a year speaking at Christian conferences, retreats, high schools, middle schools and college campuses. This past year he traveled to Denmark to keynote speak at an international Christian young person’s gathering. He also spends three or four weeks every summer speaking at different Christian camps and resorts. Recently, he was named one of the 150 most influential alumni of Valparaiso University in the last 150 years.
Before serving in suburban Illinois, Rev. Yonker served as Pastor in several inner city ministries: Berea Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois
Pastor Yonker is an avid coffee drinker, lover of stories and storytelling, voracious reader, ardent fan of the Green Bay Packers and is enthralled with Frank Sinatra music and 60’s bubblegum music. He is married to Joanne, and is father to Becca (married to Tyler - graduated from St. Louis Univ. and is a nurse.), Abby (Graduated from Texas Christian Univ. is a full time writer for “The Every Girl” online magazine) and Josh (Graduated from Valparaiso Univ. and is working and traveling for the national office of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity). He is also the devoted grandpa to Nathan William Vachio.