I grew up in the southwest, mostly in Carlsbad, NM and spent a lot of time hiking, participating in Boy Scouts, and taking guests to the Carlsbad Caverns (it’s pretty cool, even the 15th time). When I graduated high school, I decided to go out of state to Monmouth College, in Monmouth, IL. Upon completion of a BA in English and in Classics, I attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO, where I received my Master of Divinity degree, in order to enter into the ministry.
Samantha, my wife, considers herself to be “mostly from” Nebraska, as her family moved around when she was growing up. She discovered a passion for running in high school, and has been running ever since. I prefer walking, but tried to be supportive. For higher education, Samantha attended Concordia University in Seward, NE, where she received her teaching degree in Lutheran education (K-8). She spent about half a year abroad in Taiwan, teaching English to children. When she came back to the US, she spent two years teaching in Seattle, where she was able not only to sharpen her teaching skills, but develop an appreciation for good coffee.
We met, for the first time, on June 15, 2015, at a wedding of mutual friends in Davenport, IA. Despite the vast distance between Samantha’s workplace in Seattle, and my vicarage in Carbondale, we decided we wanted to try something serious, and spent the next year visiting each other as much as possible. Modern technology (video calls) also helped to bridge the gap.
God guided us through this time and blessed us: Samantha was able to work as a teacher aide at Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles, while I returned to St. Louis in order to complete my last year at the seminary, and we were married on August 13, 2016.
We are coming up on our first anniversary together, and can’t wait to see what blessings God has in store for us next in West Bend!
We give thanks to God and the people of St. John’s for making the ordination service such a success! The church brought together over $1400 in gift cards and monetary gifts to help welcome and bless us as we begin our work.
Thank you for welcoming and accepting us to the family of St. John’s.
In His service,
Pastor David Nieman