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His previous assignments have been the Omaha-Council Bluffs Stake president, congregational consultant/missionary in the Central Missouri Stake, executive minister in Omaha-Council Bluffs Stake with responsibilities for youth/young adult ministry, chairperson of the Guthrie Grove Camping committee, stake Christian Education/Temple School director, and pastor of the Riverside Congregation. He has also served as an appointee minister in the Michigan Region, with responsibilities as the Michigan District President, board president of the Manitou campgrounds, Grand Rapids District missionary, and Michigan Region young adult programming coordinator.
Prior to accepting full-time ministry, Ettinger was the associate director of student affairs at Park College, Parkville, Missouri. From 1991 to 1994, he was the executive director for Restoration Trails Foundation, and the World Church Historic Sites director. In 1994 he served as the Central Field expansion minister consulting with the four central stakes in the Kansas City Metropolitan area and responsible for small group ministry and congregational consulting.
Ettinger is the youngest son of former Apostle Cecil R. Ettinger. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, but living most of his childhood years in Independence, Missouri, he graduated from William Chrisman High School. In 1977 he received a B.A. in math education from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa. He received an M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1979, and an M.A. in religion from Park College, Parkville, Missouri, in 1987.
He is married to Carolyn Jean Banks Ettinger, and they have two children, Joshua and Jennifer. He enjoys water skiing, scuba diving, and singing and playing the guitar. Ettinger has been active in ministerial alliances in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Prairie Village, Kansas.
Community of Christ International Headquarters is located in Independence, Missouri.