Pastor Curt Adams
First of all, let me say that as I have had opportunity to fill in for Pastor Loesel at Our Savior over the past year or so, I have greatly appreciated the gracious welcome I have received from you, the members – and I now eagerly look forward to being with you again and serving as your vacancy pastor in the coming months.
I have been asked to tell you a little about myself, so here goes: I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and my siblings still live there. Wisconsin will always be ‘home.’ I attended Concordia High School and Junior College in Milwaukee, and then received my teaching degree, and later a Masters’ Degree from Concordia, Seward, Nebraska.
It was at Seward that I met my wife, Joyce. (We met at a ‘kegger’ at Seward Park!) We were married in December of 1972, and have three daughters, and nine grandchildren. They are spread across three states – Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri – and we don’t get to see them nearly often enough.
I served as a Lutheran school teacher and principal in Texas, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin for the first 25 years of my ministry, and then moved into the arena of adult Christian education, serving as Director of Discipleship and Small Group Ministry for the next 9 years in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. It wasn’t until 2006, at the age of 56, that I decided to enter Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and prepare for the pastoral ministry. Surviving that experience, my first and only call as a pastor was to St. Paul, Lutheran Church in Coldwater, Michigan.
In December of 2012 I retired so that Joyce and I could move to Bay City to move in with her parents and assist in their care. I say I retired, but actually only a month later I began a one-year vacancy at Bethlehem in Standish, and since January, 2013, I have stayed quite busy filling in at churches throughout the Bay City – Saginaw – Midland area, including the times I filled in for Pastor Loesel here at Our Savior.
Joyce and I have joined the church in which she grew up – St. John, Amelith. Her father, Wally Schmidt, entered into eternal glory in December, the week before Christmas. Her mother, Doris, is doing fairly well, and was able to go with us recently for a nine day trip to Florida, where we visited Joyce’s sister.
I absolutely love being a pastor, and am so thankful for the opportunity God has given me to serve His Church and His people in that role. (By the way, I prefer being known as Pastor Curt.) Outside of being a pastor I love to play golf and follow my favorite sports teams: the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers, the Milwaukee Brewers, and yes, the Detroit Tigers. (It’s OK, since Milwaukee is in the National League and the Tigers are in the American.) Even though we don’t get to do it very often, Joyce and I also love to travel, especially to visit our children and grandchildren. I also like reading and old TV sitcoms, like I Love Lucy, Leave It To Beaver, and Dick Van Dyke. They still make me laugh out loud!
Joyce stays busy substitute teaching in Lutheran schools throughout the area, also loves to read, and has become an expert in making beautiful greeting cards for all occasions. (She also is a Packer fan!) I look forward to getting to know all of you better and serving as your pastor. May God richly bless our partnership in the Gospel for as long as He ordains. To Him be the glory!
Pastor Curt Adams