Dear Voting members of St. Martin’s:
SPECIAL NOTICE: TWO (2) CONGREGATION MEETINGS
In accordance with our constitution, the church council has called a special meeting of the congregation for January 21, 2018 for the purpose of voting to extend a call to Pastor Andrew Dietzel as Associate Pastor.
Since a meeting to call a Pastor must be limited to that agenda item, at the conclusion of the meeting we will adjourn and call to order our annual congregational meeting. Agenda items will be election of church council and approval of an operating budget.
We will have one service at 10:00 am that day in order that more members may attend. There will be no Sunday School that day but childcare will be provided with activities for the older children. All confirmed active members attending the meeting are eligible to vote.
Danny Powell, President
Rev. Andrew Dietzel is a native Texan, having grown up in Victoria where he was very active as a leader and participant in his congregation’s youth program. Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled at Texas Lutheran University and majored in youth ministry, later changing to a major in theology. While he was at TLU he met Brandy, who would become his wife.
Upon graduation, he was accepted as a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary (Pastor Pete also graduated from Wartburg). While there, he served as the Teaching Assistant to Dr. Craig Nessan, Academic Dean. He served his internship year in Wyoming and completed his Clinical Pastoral Education in Alaska. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Nebraska Synod where for the past 4+ years he has been serving two rural congregations.
From Pastor Dietzel’s Rostered Minister Profile:
“All people are called –each to and through our own unique vocations. My initial calling was, and is, as a child of God through the waters of my baptism. In that moment–as I was cleansed in the death and resurrection of Jesus, marked with the cross of Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit–God called me to begin the journey of faith, where I as others am to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in both word and deed. This primary calling goes with me throughout my whole life, regardless of what particular work I do day-to -day. It shapes how I am to live with and serve others. I also believe I have been called by God to serve the church as an ordained minister. Growing up as a son of a shrimper along coastal Texas, for many years I considered my sense of call in the church connected with Jesus’ call to the first disciples in Mark 1:17: ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ . . . My confidence in my call finally comes from and through the Crucified and Risen Christ, and his grace, love, and forgiveness for me.”
He and Brandy have two boys, Aidan, age four and Grayson, age 5 months. Brandy works as an Emergency Room RN. They are very excited about the opportunity to get back to Texas. Andrew’s parents still live in Victoria and Brandy’s parents live in Houston.