What a difference a little news can make.
When I received word from the District Superintendent that Bishop Carcaño was planning to appoint me as the next pastor of First German United Methodist Church I experienced a deep peace, that kind we're only granted once in a while. Maybe you have experienced something similar. God's peace. We never quite know what God has in store for us, and I couldn't be more excited about this next chapter that He's opening up. I am humbled and honored to be your next pastor, and I am very much looking for-ward to getting to know each and every one of you. Before anything else Church is about relationships. Relationship with Jesus Christ, relationship with each other, and relationship with our neighbors. My priorities as pastor will be to live life with you in covenant relationship, and to partner with you as we seek to hear God's voice together. I am looking forward to being a support to you, to learning your stories, to worshiping with you, and to serving with you. I come to you with ten years of ministry experience in both English and German. For the past three years I have served as the director of family ministry at First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica. Before that I served two years as a clergy intern at Central United Methodist Church while attending seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. While at Emory I began learning German and was sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation to spend two semesters studying at the Georg-August Universität Göttingen.
My fiancée, Katherine Welch and I, were married in Denver on June 20, 2015. We spent ourpastor kurt and wife kathy.jpg honeymoon in Iceland, and returned to Los Angeles July 3, 2015. Both Katie and I are looking forward to opening our home to you and to the wider neighborhood. And you can bet that if we ever go out of town for a long weekend, we're camping. Please continue to keep both Katie and me in your prayers as we move through this major transition. You can be sure we are keeping you in ours. I am full of hope for the future that God has for First German United Methodist Church.