Pastor Bruce McKenney
I was born in Marinette, Wisconsin in the long shadows of Lambeau Field. I graduated in 1975 from Marinette Sr. High School and began my formal training for the pastoral ministry at Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin graduating in 1980. I finished my training for the pastoral ministry at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary graduating in 1984. I served my vicar year at Bethany Lutheran Church in Appleton, WI and taught religion classes at Fox Valley Lutheran High School.
My first call as a pastor was to Bethany Lutheran Church in Manitowoc, WI where I served for 17 years. In 2001 I accepted the call to St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, WI. During those years I have had the privilege to serve the church at large in a number of ways--as a circuit pastor, a district officer, and a contributing editor for Forward in Christ, the official magazine of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod.
I married my wife Lois on June 6, 1981. We met on the campus of Northwestern when I was a sophomore in college and she was a senior in high school at Northwestern Prep. Lois serves as the Special Ed teacher at St. Paul as well as the church and school music coordinator. The Lord has blessed our marriage with four children and five grandchildren. Some of my favorite pastimes are golfing in the summer and hunting in the fall. My wife told me that I like hiking too, but I’m not so sure about that.
There are many things I enjoy about being a pastor—teaching God’s Word, especially to children and to those who don’t yet know the Savior, visiting members and, leading God’s people in worship. One of the greatest privileges though is standing at the casket of a Christian and assuring the grieving family that in Christ everything will be all right since in Christ there is life after death!!!
Pastor Timothy Nass
I was born not too far from here in Watertown, but from then on grew up mostly in southern Minnesota. I graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2010 and served as a pastor for seven years in Maumee, OH before joining the pastoral staff here at St Paul in summer 2017. My wife Jessie is an RN at Watertown Regional Medical Center. We thank God for four school-aged boys who keep our home lively. We've found Lake Mills to be a wonderful place to raise a family.
I find I can get interested in just about anything. When I’m not busy as a pastor or with my family, you might find me attempting to do something with my tools, reading a book, or playing piano. But more than any of those things, I’d like to talk to you about being a pastor ... (your pastor?).
More and more I see people trying to go-it-alone spiritually. Maybe it’s because they were hurt by a church in the past … or because they’re skeptical any church really has the truth. For whatever reason, I see people unsure about God and where they stand with him.
I don’t know what you think of God or where you’re at with him, but I know what he thinks of you and what he has to say to you in the Bible. It’s a message of sin and grace, death and life, all centering on an amazing Savior named Jesus. I’d love to sit down and talk with you about him.
Pastor Douglas Tomhave
Pastor Doug Tomhave was educated at Northwestern Prep School and attended Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. He attended the Wisconsin School of Business - University of Wisconsin - Madison for one year before returning to become a minister.
In 1998 after four more years of post graduate work at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary he was assigned to a start up congregation in Verona, Wisconsin.
Pastor has served congregations in Verona, WI; Fort Worth, TX; Milwaukee, WI; and Hampton, GA. He is excited to be here in Lake Mills in a growing congregation that focuses its efforts on worship, spiritual growth, education and community outreach. Pastor Tomhave is married to Kelly, a teacher currently serving St Paul Preschool. They have 4 children, a son and three daughters (Henry, Grace, Claire and Eleanor).
He currently serves as a member of the WELS Commission on Evangelism, Advisor for Schools of Outreach, and a member and adviser on the WELS Commission of Congregational Counseling.
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