Pastor John Schonkaes

Pastor John Schonkaes was born near Detroit, Michigan and grew up there and in South Florida. He attended Concordia University – Ann Arbor, Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then attended Concordia Seminary – St. Louis, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. Pastor John’s first call into the public ministry was at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Parma, Ohio where he served for four years. In 2001 he was called to serve here at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Altoona. Pastor John has a passion for helping others grow in their faith and living for Jesus each day of their lives. He has been blessed by being married to his wife Heather by having four wonderful children. In addition to serving as pastor at Christ the King, Pastor John is also president of Caring Hand Outreach Center which oversees the local food pantry and clothing distribution center. He is also the coordinator for the Iowa District West Junior Youth Gathering for (6-8th Graders) each Fall. Recently Pastor John became the new chaplain for the Altoona Police and Fire Departments where he will have the opportunity to serve and support those who serve our community.  Email Pastor John at


Rochelle Clifton, Office Assistant and Director of Children of Christ Preschool

I live in Altoona with my husband, Joel, and children, Sydney and Spencer. My favorite thing to do is spend time with family watching movies, playing games and eating popcorn!!

My history with Christ the King Lutheran church began when we sent Sydney to Children of Christ Preschool. We loved the program and Mrs. Mueller! Once Sydney went off to kindergarten, Spencer and I visited the preschoolers at Children of Christ once per month leading a music and movement class. In June of 2012, I began working in the office at CTK.

My passion is spreading God’s love through music, especially through teaching songs to young children to write God’s word upon their heart.  Email Rochelle at