Pastor John Bortulin
I've been serving at St. Paul's since July 2005. I was born Nov. 6, 1977 in Tawas City, MI and was baptized November 27, 1977 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. I am a product of our synod's fine educational system: Bethany Lutheran School (Saginaw, MI) ('92), Michigan Lutheran Seminary (Saginaw, MI) ('96), Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) ('01), and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (Mequon, WI) ('05). I spent the '03-'04 school year serving as a vicar at Fount of Life Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, CO.
My wife Sarah and I have been blessed with five daughters: Andrea, Emma, Naomi, Claire, and Maria. It is humbling to watch them grow-bodily and spiritually. It is humbling to have the opportunity to bring them up in the way of the Lord, as we were blessed by parents who did the same for us.
If I could use one word to describe the ministry here, it would be "privilege". Privileged to serve with such dedicated and God-fearing teachers and leaders. Privileged to serve with such caring people. Privileged to serve the Good News of a God who loved His creation in this way: He sent Christ for us. Out of pure, Fatherly mercy. All this that we would be His own; live with Him, and serve Him. I thank the Lord of the Church for allowing me to serve at this time and in this way.
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