From 1983-1992 he served at Concordia Publishing House, where he founded and managed its Computer Products department. He was instrumental in the development, marketing, and support of the first generation of administrative software for congregations and schools.
Pastor Chris N. Hinkle has been caring for St. Paul Lutheran Church since October of 1999. From 2000 until 2018 he served as a bi-vocational pastor, splitting his time between the congregation and a local bank where he worked as the network administrator. He retired from the bank in the fall of 2018 so he could focus exclusively on his pastoral duties.
He served as Circuit Visitor for the congregations in southeast Iowa from 2012 to 2018. He has an earned doctorate from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Previously, Pastor Hinkle served a small, predominantly-black congregation in Broward County, Florida and a very large congregation in a small town in southwest Minnesota. Three other congregations have enjoyed having him as their vacancy pastor. He has served as an LWML zone counselor and on the stewardship committees of the Iowa District East and the Minnesota South District. He was ordained September 9, 1981.