Rev. Thomas Petersen - Senior Pastor
Pastor Tom Petersen has been the senior pastor at St. Paul's since 2007. Studying to be a pastor in the Lutheran church means that you go to four years of college before completing four years of seminary. He attended college at Bethany Lutheran and Mankato State University in MN before entering Bethany Lutheran Seminary in Mankato. He also attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Before coming to Stevens Point, he served a long pastorate in Stoughton, WI for 16 years. Before that he served in Shawano County and western WI for shorter pastorates. In 2013 he will have served 30 years in the pastoral ministry.
He received the pastoral call from the St. Paul congregation in 2007. He accepted the call because he felt his time in Stoughton had been completed, and felt the Holy Spirit leading him here. St. Paul Church and School seemed to be a great challenge for him. He felt the strong conviction that he could help the ministry of St. Paul church and school grow and develop. He likes the challenge of leading St. Paul by preaching, teaching and example. "I feel I bring a passion to the ministry. I think St. Paul is a Real church with Real people -- and that is what I like. It is a place "where the love of learning becomes learning to love."'