Meet another member of South Florida's many-sided faith community. This week we're talking with Pastor Kevin Ogle of Miramar Lutheran Church.

Q: How long have you been at Miramar Lutheran Church?

A: Five years, including time as a distance education major, because they couldn't hire a fulltime pastor. A lot of our congregations are aging or dwindling. The Distance Education Program with Concordia Seminary installs a vicar, who works fulltime in another job and a parttime job with a church. During seminary training, hopefully, you go fulltime at church.

Q: Did your work in telecommunications help in your ministry?

A: Actually, it did. I was in management. So learned to work with people better and learn the business side to a church. Another good thing is that I'm not a 22-year-old kid out of seminary. I've got business experience, and I can understand how you can screw up in life.

Q: After establishing a secular career, why did you want to become a minister?

A: When I became a Christian, I saw the difference between the two worlds. When I was in corporate management, I saw that while I was in the battle, I didn't own any part of the battle. I was just a guy to get some projects done.

If I have to choose the battle, I'd rather be in the battle for Christ, not just to benefit people at the top. I have received something large by salvation. If God has given me that, who am I not to give him the rest of my life?

Q: Do you have an overall philosophy of ministry?

A: Some say this church should close, because it's from a different culture and time. But geez, I don't remember Paul saying just take the gospel to the Greeks or Romans; he said it should go to all the world. That means right here in little Miramar.

Q: How do you like to relax?

A: Fishing out in the Everglades. I have my own boat. I like to go out there with a couple of buddies. Other buddies have been trying to get me to fish in the ocean.

Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows?

A: I'll tell you the truth, I get my news from ESPN. (laughs) We don't find much of value on TV.

Q: How about favorite film(s)?

A: We love comedies. And it wasn't a comedy, but we liked "We Bought a Zoo."

Q: Favorite music? Favorite performer(s)?

A: Chicago. I just listened to about 20 songs riding on Tri-Rail from Riviera Beach. I saw Paul McCartney in Sunrise. I'd love to see the Eagles. But mainly today, I like Christian music.

Q: What person in history would you like most to meet?

A: Martin Luther. What happened to him that he took a radical stand that would have cost him his life if they'd caught him?