The new pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church said he is excited to be starting his vocation in Waupaca.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I moved to a small town, but I’m really enjoying it so far,” according to Rev. Paul Bowe. “The people here in Waupaca have been very friendly.”
Bowe graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon on May 20 and arrived in Waupaca on July 17.
“Call Day is right before graduation and that’s when the graduates receive their assignments. Mine happened to be Immanuel Lutheran in Waupaca.”
Born in Escondido, Calif., Bowe moved to Westminster, Colo., when he was 2 years old and to West Allis when he was 8. In eighth grade, his family moved to Menominee Falls.
“My father is a Lutheran schoolteacher,” Bowe said. “Now, he teaches at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee.”
Bowe graduated from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson in 2002.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I went to UW-Madison and tried to find something there,” Bowe said. “People had told me that I should be a pastor, but I wanted to find out for myself.”
After his freshman year, Bowe transferred to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree then went to the seminary where he spent another four years preparing for the ministry.
Bowe’s education includes four years of Greek, two years of Hebrew, and Spanish immersion experiences in Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. He has also spent time in Israel.
Bowe spent his third year of seminary training working as a vicar under a supervising pastor at a church in Austin, Texas.
“When I went to Madison, I enjoyed meeting all different kinds of people,” Bowe said, reflecting on his decision to go into ministry. “I realized that there are a lot of people who need to know about Jesus and his forgiveness.”