In 2012, Pastor Paul Offhaus became St. John’s 14th Pastor since 1853. Pastor Paul had previously been Associate Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne since March 2003. Prior to that, Pastor Paul was in Michigan where he served as a mission developer and pastor of Community of Hope Lutheran, Mt. Clemens, MI.
Pastor Paul graduated with honors from St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota) in 1990, with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Pastor Paul enrolled at Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, Ohio) in the fall of 1994 with his internship year was spent at Cross Lutheran (Clinton Township, MI), He graduated in June 1998 from Trinity with a Master of Divinity and was ordained in July.
Pastor Paul and his wife Heather enjoy taking walks, working on home improvement projects, and spending time with their two daughters, Abigail Grace, age 15, and Hannah Faith, age 11.
Pastor Paul developed a personal mission statement, which reads as follows: “The journey of transformation occurs when I ENJOY the life God has given me, LEARNING, LOVING, and RISKING along the way.” He is excited about what the future may hold in terms of working together to both be and make disciples of Jesus Christ.