Faith Lutheran Welcomes Pastor Paul Schultz
August 6, 2015
Faith Lutheran Church of Finneytown is pleased to welcome Pastor Paul A. Schultz as senior pastor replacing Pastor Robert Curry who served the congregation for 25 years. “We are overjoyed to have Pastor Paul and his family here at Faith Lutheran. He has a unique background and brings a playful sense of fun to his ministry and worship services,” said Kurt Reiber, chair of the Call committee, president of church council and CEO of the FreeStore FoodBank.
Decisions come easy
Pastor Paul proposed to his wife Jennifer 19 years ago after dating only 11 days. “I just knew that she was the one for me,” he said. Similarly, after the congregation voted unanimously to call him as senior pastor, the Schultz family accepted on the spot. “We had decided beforehand that Faith was the place God intended for us to serve. The call process was so thoughtful and prayerful, and there were so many little affirmations along the way. And funny thing, Jen visited Cincinnati once as a child and told her parents ‘one day I’m going to live here!’ We’ve are so pleased with our decision; we have received an incredibly warm welcome here.”
About Pastor Schultz
Pastor Paul is an ordained, NALC-certified, Lutheran pastor. He is married to Jennifer and has three children, Tommy 13, Hannah 16 and Madison 18, who will be attending Miami University as a freshman this fall.
Pastor Paul was born and raised in Miamisburg, Ohio. His children were the 6th generation of his family to be baptized at St. Jacob Lutheran Church, where his grandfather served as pastor. Even as a 4 year old child, he felt called to the ministry. After graduating from Wright State University with a BA in history, he enrolled at the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the oldest Lutheran seminary in the New World. During the Civil War, the battle of Gettysburg was centered on the seminary. “It was held by the Union at the beginning of one day, and by the end it was held by the Confederate Army.”
During seminary, he served as Youth Director at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown, Maryland and interned with Tri-County Ministries in Cooperstown, North Dakota. It was here that he joined 3 other fulltime pastors to serve 8 rural congregations within a 150 mile radius. He served as pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Marysville, Ohio since 2006.
Ancient meets future
Pastor Paul describes his worship style as “ancient meets future.” He explains: “I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and new forms of music associated with contemporary worship. I also want to blend that with elements that connect us to our past. Like when we say the Lord’s Prayer or sing the Gloria, we are connecting with what has been done for hundreds and thousands of years. It becomes a fusion of the best of the old with the new.”
Magic tricks, award-winning beer and Civil Air Patrol
An amateur magician, Pastor Paul enjoys adding magic tricks to sermons and as conversation starters. He and his son, Tommy, have been brewing homemade beer since 2009. In 2014 they won a gold medal, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals at the Ohio State Fair. Pastor Paul also serves as a chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force which conducts the vast majority of search and rescue missions. “I’ve always dreamed of flying. As a kid I would ride my bike to the local airport and hitch rides with the pilots. I just recently completed my first solo flight!”
Need to talk?
Pastor Paul is looking forward to getting to know the local community. On Thursdays during the lunch hour, you may see him manning a free drink stand in front of the church on Winton Road. He also plans to sample the local eating establishments bringing along his table sign that reads “Need to talk?” He welcomes you to join him for a confidential conversation. “I’ve never had a situation where I didn’t have someone stop by for a chat.” Pastor Paul is available to you by calling the office at 931-6100.
Invitation and information
Everyone is invited and welcomed at Faith Lutheran Church, 8265 Winton Road across from the Bob Evans Restaurant. Services are held Sundays at 9 am (Contemporary) and 11 am (Traditional). For more information, visit www.faithcinci.org.