Meet the Pastors

Rev. Glenn J. Harless, Senior Pastor
Pastor Glenn Harless is a 1975 graduate of Concordia College in Religion and Biology, and a 1979 graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. From 1979 to 1982 he served as Associate Pastor at Hawley Lutheran Church, Hawley, MN; and from 1982 to 1992 he served as Youth Pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, MN. In 1992, Pastor Glenn was called as Senior Pastor to Thanksgiving! Lutheran Church. He is married to  Suzanne, a pediatric physical therapist. Together they have three grown children: Marisa is married to John Houghland and they have a baby boy, Jacob; Siri is married to Trevor Peterson; and Jon is a 1Lt. in the Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division located in Fort Bragg North Carolina. Pastor Glenn loves spending time with family and friends, and also enjoys golf, bird hunting, and most sports. His favorite movies are Rio Bravo, Twister, Blind Side, and City Slickers; and is favorite book in the Bible is The Gospel of Mark.  

Rev. David S. Witkop, Executive Pastor
Pastor David Witkop has served at Thanksgiving since May of 1997. His undergraduate degree is from Augustana College, Rock Island, Il. He received his Master’s of Divinity in 1997 from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is  married to Lisa and they have four children, Jeremiah, Jacob, Moriah and Nathaniel. His role at Thanksgiving is Executive  Pastor.  He loves to spend time with his family, rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals, and playing tennis when time permits. He loves to read and highly recommends The Shack, Velvet Elvis, and of course, The Good Book, the Bible.

Rev. Bruce L. Kotila, Pastor of Discipleship Training
Pastor Bruce Kotila was director of Lutheran Evangelistic Movement, Inc. from 1997 to 2008 and is now Pastor of Discipleship Training at Thanksgiving! Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. A 1991 graduate of Bethel Seminary, he served as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has since been involved in two church plants. A teacher at heart, he directs guided Doorway to Discovery Silent Retreat Weekends, pastor’s retreats, evangelistic meetings, and workshops on discipleship. His cell church ministry had included both advisory and networking dimensions for many years, and he is now preparing curriculum for these groups through Cell Shepherds. He’s taught college-level courses at both the Association Free Lutheran Bible School and the Lay Ministry Training Center. Bruce and his wife Barb live in Papillion, Nebraska with their two children.


Thanksgiving Lutheran Church
3702 S 370 Plaza,
Bellevue NE 68123
(402) 292-2695