Our Great Great Grandfather

Our Great Great Grandfather, Reverend John J. Maakestad in winter traveling attire. He came to the U.S. as a child and founded the 1st Lutheran Church of Suttons Bay, Grace Lutheran Church in Elk Rapids, ministered to Bethany Lutheran Church in Northport and founded dozens of churches along the eastern coast of the U.S. He would ice skate from Leelanau County to Antrim County to minister in Elk Rapids.