About Pastor Paula

I am originally from Minnesota (where I grew up in a Swedish Lutheran Church and, in spite of being German, was crowned Lucia Queen) but have lived in North Dakota for the past 23 years, after serving my first three years as a pastor in Minnesota. I was ordained in 1990 after receiving my Bachelor’s in English Lit and German from Washington University in St. Louis and my Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. I also received my Doctor of Ministry in Preaching in 2004 from LSTC. I spent 20 years as pastor of Martin’s Lutheran and still live in Casselton. For the past 3 years I have been interim pastor of the Northern Cass Parish, which includes St. John Lutheran in Arthur, First Lutheran in Hunter and the Good Samaritan Society in Arthur, where I was chaplain. My youngest son, Ian, will graduate from Central Cass this month and in the fall will be joining his older brother, Duncan, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass, where Duncan will start his junior year. I have two step children, Nicole and Caleb, who are both married, and five wonderful grandchildren who live in Moorhead. In my spare time, I am involved in community theatre (I will be in Godspell this June) and I am passionate about refugee issues. I am going to Uganda in January for two weeks to work at a South Sudanese Refugee Camp. I also love to cook and bake. I try not to take myself or life too seriously, since I love to laugh and I think I’m pretty funny (though my kids tell me no one thinks I am quite as funny as I do) , but I take my call to serve God’s people very seriously.
My calling is to make connections, between the timeless Word of God and our everyday live between the gifts God bestowed on us and the needs in our community and our world, and between people so that we might see all people, including ourselves, as precious and beautiful, but broken, children of God who have been redeemed by God’s grace and so that we might continually extend our vision of who our neighbors are.