Pastor Profile: Thomas BraunNAME: Thomas Braun CHURCH: St. Matthew Lutheran, 1505 Dover St., Worthington. NUMBER OF YEARS IN MINISTRY: 28
NAME: Thomas Braun
CHURCH: St. Matthew Lutheran, 1505 Dover St., Worthington.
NUMBER OF YEARS IN MINISTRY: 28
NUMBER OF YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: I was installed Aug. 16, 2009.
REASON FOR GOING INTO THE MINISTRY: To have more opportunity to share with other people the grace, love and peace of God that comes through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, St. Paul; Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
FAMILY: My wife is Colleen, who is director of music at St Matthew Lutheran Church and also is a piano teacher. We have been blessed with two sons: Darren (27) and Curtis (25).
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY: Ephesians 4:11-13 which says, “It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Pastors and church workers are called to equip God’s people for works of service. Above all, showing and sharing Christ’s love through words and actions must be first and foremost in all our activities!
PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS: Evangelism, one-on-one sharing Christ, Love INC.
PERSONAL INTERESTS: Spending time with my wife, following college basketball and visiting national parks and major league baseball stadiums.
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes,” Romans 1:16.