Rev. Timothy J. Scharr

District President

Timothy Scharr was born in Detroit, Michigan where he was raised. He is a graduate of Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. He served his vicarage at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Steeleville, Illinois, where that he met Kathy Zimmerman. They were married after Timothy completed seminary. Pastor Scharr has served congregations in Indianola, Iowa (1984-1994); Wenatchee, Washington (1994-2001); and Nashville, Illinois (2001-2010). He became President of the Southern Illinois District in August 2010. Since August 2020, he has served as part-time Assistant Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle, IL. The Scharrs have two daughters, Jennifer (David) and their three children in Carlyle, IL; Kayla (James) and their two children (a third on the way) in Pleasant Hill, MO.