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Pastor Paul and Rosy — A little background

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – First Thessalonians 1:2-3

Dear Sisters and Brothers at Peace Lutheran,

My wife Rosy and I are delighted to be with you in ministry during these next few months.

We truly mean all that is in the Thessalonians text above. We will be regularly lifting up the ministry of Peace Lutheran in our prayer life, and we do admire your commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In this article I would like to share just a little about Rosy and myself.

We celebrated our Forty-second Wedding Anniversary on June 7. We met while we were both teaching in the same school district in Mount Morris, Illinois. Rosy was the Reading Specialist, and I taught students who struggled with behavioral and emotional issues. During our teaching days, I “moonlighted” as a key line artist in the graphic arts industry. Before we met, I spent several years in Japan and Thailand. I was involved in agriculture in Japan, and was an Ordained Theravadin Buddhist Monk in Thailand. It was only through the Grace of God that I was delivered from certain death as a Buddhist Monk.

I received my BA in Asian Studies and History Education from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois; my MA in Special Education from Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois; and my Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Rosy received her BA in Elementary Education from Central College, Pella, Iowa; and her MA in Reading Education from Rockford University, Rockford, Illinois.

During our 33 years in Peoria, I have served on the Spiritual Care Teams at Unity Point Methodist, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and Lutheran Hillside Village. Most recently I have served as the Interim Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Macomb, Illinois. Rosy has served as the Director of Confirmation Ministry at Salem Lutheran Church, Peoria; Associate Director of Development at the Central Illinois Regional Office of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and as Associate Director of the Lutheran Hillside Village Foundation. In addition to my health care ministry, I have served as Interim Pastor for 18 ELCA Congregations.

I have just one sister, Claudia, who is retired from serving as the Director of Special Education for the Brighton, Colorado, Public Schools. Her husband Joel is a Communications Specialist for the Federal Department of the Interior. They have lived in Colorado for 36 years. Rosy has a living Sister Colleen, and a deceased Brother Neil. Colleen and her husband Larry farm in Northern Illinois, and have three grown daughters, two of which have children of their own. Neil’s wife Jean has recently retired from a career in banking, and she also has three grown children (two daughters and a son), all three of them have families.

Our two favorite leisure activities are bicycling, and enjoying good jazz.

Peace,

Pastor Paul & Rosy 





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