Rev. Paul Frerichs, Pastor
What kind of person does it take to be the pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church? Pastor Paul Frerichs, Good Shepherd's pastor since 2003, would say that it takes someone who loves the Lord Jesus and has a deep love for people.
Before coming to Good Shepherd, Pastor Paul served congregations in Iowa and southern Oregon. In each congregation, he sees God's hand forming him into the pastor that he is today. In addition to the churches Pastor Paul has served as pastor, he is a recent graduate (2008) of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI). Through PLI Pastor Paul has gained greater leadership skills and the encouragement that is needed to bring Good Shepherd into a more vibrant ministry as we head deeper into the 21st century.
Pastor is also a frequent cyclist, riding to the office at Good Shepherd at least twice a week during the spring, summer and fall ("I'm a 'fair-weather' cyclist!") You'll normally see him riding up and down 99W (aka Pacific Highway and Barbur Blvd.) during cycling season as well as doing some training rides in rural Washington County. Pastor also plays basketball with some of the men at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Beaverton (a sister congregation to Good Shepherd) on Saturdays.
Pastor Paul is a 1990 graduate of Concordia College (now University) in Portland, where he received a Bachelors degree in Education with a minor in Theology. He received his Masters in Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 1994.
Pastor Paul and his wife, Deb, who teaches Kindergarten at St. Paul Lutheran School in Sherwood, are the proud parents of three children.
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