Pastor Paul Tomkiel 

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In the photo,  Megan Tomkiel, Paul Tomkiel and Pastor Paula Schmitt, Assistant to the Bishop.

On May 31 the St. Paul Congregation voted unanimously to call Paul Tomkiel as Pastor.  Pastor Tomkiel was ordained at the synod assembly on June 4 2015.

Pastor Tomkiel’s bio:

Education:

M. Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, 2015
B.A. in Religious Studies and B.A. in Economics, Susquehanna University, 2011

Work Experiences:

Vicar, Zion Lutheran Church, Grantville, PA
Vicar, Immanuel-Central  Parish, Bluefield, WV, 2013-14
Chaplain Intern, WellSpan Health-York Hospital, York, PA, 2012
Counselor, Camp Nawakwa, Arendtsville,  PA, 2008-2011
Student tutor/researcher,  Susquehanna University Economics Dept., Selinsgrove, PA,
2010-2011

Married to: Megan L. Tomkiel, student, Master of Arts in Religion, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg

Notes and Quotes:

Although newly graduated from seminary, internships and work experiences have provided experience in writing sermons and conducting worship services.   “I make sure that God s Law and God’s Good News (Gospel) are proclaimed in every sermon.”

Everyday pastoral care and listening to congregational  members are important. “To spend time with a member and to get to know their stories energizes me and equips me to be better able to cultivate the ministry of the congregation.

Chaplaincy at a level one trauma center has provided training and experience in dealing with individuals in crisis situations. “My CPE experience trained me for the worst cases that a pastor can face.

Enjoyment in teaching at any age level and sharing the knowledge of God and the Church.  Has taught several classes for congregations  and church groups in subjects that include: scripture, worship, theology, and evangelism. I love talking with people about faith, and I love to give new information that they have not yet gathered.

Experience as a camp counselor provided experience in relating to children and teaching them about faith.   My life was shaped around worship and the community who gathers around the Word.”           ·

Understanding theology and interpretation of God’s  Word is not just the purview of professionals, but has a place in everyday life. “I have brought this passion for theol­ogy into discussions about the mission and activity of a congregation and into the con­text of daily life.