Pastor Wayne Puls began his ministry as Senior Pastor of Hope in August 2012. He is a native of Fraser, Michigan; and thus, a long-suffering Detroit Lions fan. Before coming to Wake Forest, Pastor Puls spent his entire ministry career on Long Island in New York. After receiving a B.A. degree from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, MI in 1980, and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 1984, he served for two years as Chaplain/Religion Teacher at Martin Luther High School in Maspeth, NY and as Youth Pastor at the Lutheran Church of St. John in Flushing, NY. In 1986, Pastor Puls was called to serve as Assistant Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hicksville, NY and as Senior Pastor in 1988. Pastor and Colleen have five grown children, and six mighty cute grandchildren.