The Rev. Steven Hartten installed as Senior Pastor at
Peace Lutheran Church
Peace Lutheran Church, NALC, will formally install its new full-time senior pastor, the Rev. Steven Hartten, on Sunday, Dec. 18, during its 10:15 a.m. church service.
The Rev. Tim Loehrke, the Dean of the North American Lutheran Church Michigan Mission District, will officiate at the service. Members of the community are invited to join the congregation at Peace as the church formally marks the start of Pastor Hartten’s ministry. There will be a small reception in the fellowship hall following the service.
“He was worth waiting for,” said Kevin Kunst, president of the Peace Lutheran Church Council. “I think he’s a dynamic speaker and he reaches out very easily to our congregation.”
While the official installation is Dec. 18, Pastor Hartten relocated from Colorado and began his ministry at Peace in October. He brings with him nearly 20 years of ministry experience. His most recent call was Peace in Christ Episcopal-Lutheran Ministry in Elizabeth, Colo., where he served for nine years.
Pastor Hartten earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York and worked as an engineer for several years before deciding to attend seminary. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
The Call Committee and Church Council at Peace Lutheran Church spent seven months looking at the needs of the congregation and interviewing candidates before the congregation voted to call Pastor Hartten to lead the church.
“Every time we asked him a question during the interview process, his answers showed what a great fit he is for the congregation,” said Shawn Cahill, the chairman of the Call Committee. “Now that he’s here, he’s more than lived up to our high expectations.”
Pastor Hartten says he is enjoying his new role at Peace Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Loretta Hartten, are having fun exploring Southwest Michigan and are thrilled with the changing seasons.
“We’ve enjoyed a warm welcome from the people of Peace Lutheran Church and I am excited about all the ways the congregation reaches out into the community,” Hartten said. “I’m looking forward to watching Peace grow and prayerfully find new ways to serve.”