Pastor Michael Schneider
A little about myself...
I grew up in Salina, Kansas. It's a town of about 50,000 people. I liked to think of it as big enough to have the stores and restaurants that you want, but small enough to where you wouldn't get lost. I attended the public school system all through high school and even into college.
After high school graduation I attended my first year of college at Fort Hays State University, in western Kansas. But after only a short while I decided to change the direction of my career and my studies. Several of my friends had encouraged me to become a pastor, and it was something that had been on my mind for a while. I really loved studying the Bible, and I also liked the idea of helping people with God's Word, but it isn't the kind of career choice that you'll see at a public school job fair.
So I made the switch, and studied at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN for my bachelor's degree in biblical languages. During my coursework, I took a year off in 2007 to volunteer in Mexico as an English teacher. I partnered up with the Mexican synod that is in fellowship with the WELS. We used English classes as a way to get to know people, and to build a bridge to share the freedom we have in Jesus with those people. I also made contacts for the native pastors to get to know them so that the work could continue after my year was up.
During Seminary I got to receive even more focused ministerial studies both in and out of the classroom. During the coursework, we studied the books of the Bible, church history, teaching, counseling, and preaching, among others. It was very applicable to what it means to be a pastor. Then in 2011-12, I served as a vicar in Findlay, Ohio. I was able to not only put much of my skills to use for a congregation, but also to study under my supervising pastor as he showed me first hand how ministry can be carried out well. As I returned for my final year of Seminary, I got a part-time call to ministry with Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls as a senior vicar. The experience enhanced my classroom studies, and vice versa.
In 2013 I graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and also received a call to be the pastor at Saint Andrew's Lutheran here in Saint Paul Park. I was installed in July of 2013. My wife and I are happy to be here, and enjoy serving the Lord through this ministry.
If you would like to hear more of the story, you may enjoy listening to the following audio program from an interview on AM 980.
Pastor Schneider on AM 980
St. Andrew's Church of the Week Audio Program