Staff and Committees

Meet our Staff

Pastor Peter Bowmer


A native of Australia, Pastor Bowmer is married and he and his wife have four daughters ages 18, 17, 15 and 12.  

Bachelor of Educational Studies; Bachelor of Theology; Graduate diploma Ministry.  

Additional studies: Intensive Restorative Practices; Indigenous Cultural Awareness; Duty of Care, a certificate in Residential Care, Strategies for Supporting Children and Adolescents experiencing grief and loss.   

Previous—Senior Pastor, St. Peter’s Church and College Pastor, Pastor, St. Andrew’s (including aged care); College Pastor, St. Andrew’s College; School Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran College; Congregational Pastor—St. Paul’s Church (All in Australia)

Pastor Pete says “As a Christian I was called by the Holy Spirit through baptism. This call was extended through ordination to full time pastoral ministry in the Lutheran Church of Australia. I have served faithfully for 23 years in a variety of settings in the Lutheran Church in Australia.”  “In 1988 I studied at Trinity Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Since that time I have felt a strong sense of Call to the US. In recent years my family and I have vacationed in the US and worshiped in Lutheran Churches there. It has gotten to the point that I now feel compelled to pursue a Call to the ELCA.”

In response to the following question: Identify the three most prominent themes that others would say are strongly evident in your speaking, teaching, leading and living; his response was “God’s love for all through Christ. Relationship. Humor.”

In response to the following question: Describe the ministry setting that would energize you and make the best use of your gifts, skills and passions; his response was “Any setting represents an opportunity to share my relationship with Jesus so that others too may know of his love. I believe all people crave relationships with the Living Lord. In simply living with the members of any congregation, the relationships we all have, with each other and with our God, will be enhanced.”

When asked to describe his vision of his calling in ministry, “The love of our Lord is expressed to us through the relationship Jesus established with us in his life, death and resurrection. My privilege is to reflect that in all my relationships, with grace, so that all people might know Jesus, and be freed to serve Jesus through their community.

  • Pastor Pete’s office number – 419.243.4214 ext 25
  • Pastor Pete’s cell number - 567.225.6432. More than likely you will need to leave a voicemail message and he will get back to you asap. During office hours please call the office first. 

 

Ms. Ann Wajer: Church Administrator

Ann is our very capable church administrator! She answers calls, assists in communication, and keeps the "business" of the church running smoothly so that the work of giving Jesus to the world doesn't get snagged because the copier is broken.  Ann is a wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother.  As a former Weight Watchers receptionist/ mentor, Ann is also a model of healthy living.

Ann is in the office Monday through Friday, 9am - 3pm.
Contact Ann:
419-243-4214 x.22
office@stpaulstoledo.org



Mr. Mike Self: Hospitality Minister

Mike is a welcoming, friendly, and helpful presence at St. Paul's - a presence of Christ in our midst to be sure.  Mike makes sure the building is clean and safe, that coffee and snacks are available, and that everyone gets a warm welcome to St. Paul's. Mike is a crucial part of our Morning Blessings ministry and outreach to our downtown community.  Mike is married to Barb, who is also actively involved in our Morning Blessings ministry as "head chef."  If you need to find Mike, you can usually just follow the whistle (or check the kitchen!)

Contact Mike:  
419-243-4214
office@stpaulstoledo.org



Mr. Pat Finnegan: Music Minister & Organist

We are grateful to have an accomplished musician like Pat at our church.  His gifts of music point us to the mystery and wonder of God in worship.  He directs the St. Paul's Choir, the bell choir, and leads our worship services on the piano or organ.  He is involved in the planning of worship services, and connects with our Jazz Trio on the first Sunday of each month. Pat is a proud father, and also serves as the office administrator of another Lutheran church during the week.

Contact Pat:  
419-243-4214 x.27
music@stpaulstoledo.org

Mrs Barb Self

Barb is often found in the kitchen. She lovingly prepares meals for members of the congregation, Morning Blessings, and other special occasions. Barb has a generous heart and smile. Be sure to get to know this humble child of God!


Contact Barb:  
419-243-4214
office@stpaulstoledo.org




  Council Members
David Price, President
Paula Hiett, Vice President
Randy Hutchinson, Treas.
Fred Doering, Secretary
Jill Calcamuggio
Cheryl Deal
Michelle Faylor
Judy Kolhoff
John Schult
Anne Schumann
Michelene SoRelle
George Stucker
Donna Zbinden

Boards
Worship - Freda Lang
Education - 
Service - Elaine R.
Witness - 

Committees
Property - John Schult
Personnel -  Chuck Atkins, Michelene SoRelle, David Price, Pastor Pete