Rev. Mark Huff
Rev. Mark L Huff, the youngest of two children, grew up in Kentucky, and graduated from Georgetown College in 2002 with a B.S. degree in Finance. Upon graduation he moved to Cincinnati, OH where he worked for Huntington Bank as a construction loan specialist, in retail operations for Peoples Community Bank, and finally for the Cincinnati Financial Corporation as a financial institution analyst and risk underwriter. In 2011, after several years of prayer and discernment, he moved to St. Louis, MO to study for the pastorate at Concordia Seminary. Upon graduation in 2015 with a Master of Divinity degree, he was sent to Port Huron by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to serve as pastor of Faith Lutheran.
In 2005 he married Elizabeth (nee Pfennig), a Cincinnati native, who currently works as a Disney Travel agent. They have two young children at home, Lillian and Maggie. Rev. Huff is an avid reader of pretty much anything he can get his hands on and recently developed an interest in vinyl records. While he loves traveling, he’s just as content spending a quiet weekend at home working in the yard and being with the three lovely ladies in his life.
Deacon of Family Life
Deacon Sean Burke grew up in Beaver Township just north of Auburn, Michigan. He was the second of four boys in a family of six. Sean graduated Saginaw Valley State University in 1998 with a B.A. degree in English and History. Since graduation, his careers have included restaurant management, sales of fine wine and spirits, and manufacturing production supervisor. In 2011, Sean became a member of Faith Lutheran Port Huron and in 2012 enrolled in the Michigan District’s Deacon and Ministry Assistant program. In 2019 he commenced as a credentialed deacon of the Michigan District LCMS. In March 2013, Deacon Sean joined the staff at Faith Lutheran full-time, assuming the role of Deacon of Family Life Ministries.
Sean is the father of two adult sons, Ethan and Aiden. His interests include outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and hunting. He is an amateur gourmet with a love for good food and he’s also a bit of a wine and spirits connoisseur. When at home, if he’s not cooking, Sean can often be found relaxing in the backyard enjoying a quiet campfire or on the beach taking in our beautiful Lake Huron.
Lori joined our church staff in February 2022. She has lived in the Emmett area for most of her life. Together with Leo, her husband of more than 26 years, and their son Markus, they raise All Natural Angus Beef on their farm. She feels grateful and blessed to be a part of our Faith Lutheran family.
Praise Team Leader
Ryan Porte is a lifelong resident of the Blue Water Area and lifetime member of Faith Lutheran Church. In the summer of 1996 after graduation from Grand Valley State University, Ryan joined the Praise Team as a guitar player and backup singer. In the summer of 2015, Ryan was asked to take over the leadership role of a talented and dedicated group of singers and musicians, many of these members have been with the Praise Team for over 15 years. He feels honored and grateful for their continued time, talents and friendship. Ryan is married to Tracy (nee Schultz) Porte and has a son Mitchell.