Jerry Zimpelmann and his wife, Lynn, reside in Eagle River, WI, where Jerry owned and operated a construction company. The company was sold in 2002 and that afforded Jerry, at age 52, the opportunity to get involved in work and projects to help further the Kingdom and build bridges to the Gospel. Since then he has been involved with the directing relief and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Katrina, building a school and church on the island of Grenada and recently was sent in to begin organizing the relief effort in Puerto Rico. Jerry also serves on the Governing Board of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.
In 2007, Jerry and Lynn purchased a piece of beachfront property in the newly discovered Costa Maya area of Mexico. In the course of things that the LORD miraculously directed, Costa Maya Ministries came to pass (you can read more about that on the history tab of this website).
Jerry is a nearly lifelong member of Christ Lutheran in Eagle River where he has served in many capacities over the years. He and Lynn have been blessed with 5 children and 13 grandchildren, all of whom are children of Jesus, all of whom are children of their Lord.
Dan has served on Cinco Amigos/Friends of Latin America Committee for the past four years. He addresses needs brought forth by our WELS Mexican missionary team and the IELC, while supporting volunteer management and strategic planning aspects of Costa Maya Ministries.
With his many years of experience in the business world (high-tech, commercial) and Kingdom Workers, Dan is a valuable member of the CMM Board. He lives in Eagle River, WI, and is a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
Arnie lives in Green Bay, WI, where he and his wife attend St. Mark Church. Before retiring, he taught for 35 years in WELS schools in various Wisconsin locations and was a WELS Christian Estate Planning Counselor for 14 years. Arnie was introduced to Costa Maya Ministries while on a cruise with his wife. The Lord made the seas too rough for them to stop at Grand Cayman, giving them more time at their next stop in Mahahual. Deb Blackburn’s tour showed them how the Holy Spirit has blessed the preaching of the Gospel in that aill work to promote the support of Costa Maya Ministries. rea. As development director, Arnie will work to promote the support of Costa Maya Ministries.
Fred was born in 1945 and has been married to his wife for 49 years. He has been a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod since he met his wife and together they raised a Christian family. They now have 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Fred has been serving on the Costa Maya Ministries Board of Directors since 2014. His past experiences as a congregational president, school board chairman, and president of Lutherans for Life (Palatine, IL chapter), as well as his Navy career maintaining and servicing submarines, have prepared him well for his role in the ministry.
In his spare time you can find Fred outdoors, enjoying camping, fishing and hunting, or following his favorite sports teams – Go Cubbies and Bears!
Fred and his wife attend Heritage Lutheran Church in Illinois.
Pastor Kleist joined our staff of volunteers in 2019 after serving our synod (WELS) as a Christian Giving Counselor specializing in Christian Estate Planning. He is experienced in helping Christians with tax-wise giving and the use of charitable giving tools such as Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs, charitable annuities, beneficiary designations and more. He welcomes your gift-planning questions!
Dennis began his ministry in missions as a home missionary in SW Florida, and later served on the WELS Board for Home Missions. He then served Jerusalem Lutheran in the ethnically diverse Chicago suburb of Morton Grove for 20 years until accepting a call to the WELS Ministry of Christian Giving and relocating to Appleton, WI, to serve the Northern Wisconsin District as a counselor.
Pastor Kleist and his wife Kerri have 7 adult children and 8 grandsons. They attend Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Appleton. He says, “I’m privileged to serve with Costa Maya Ministries to help bring the saving Gospel to a remote area of Mexico. What personal joy and satisfaction God gives when we see how God can use us, our prayers, gifts and mutual encouragement to spread his Word and be used by Jesus to bring souls to heaven!”