Meet Pastor Jennie Thul
Oh my goodness do I love the name of this congregation – Resurrection Lutheran Church. It is a message into the messy world that we come alive, that we are reborn in God – not once, but each and every day.
I’m good at negotiating the messiness of this Spirit-fueled process that calls to become all that we are created to be (as individuals and as an organization) and calls us out into the world to share faith in Jesus Christ and this hope. Hope that doesn’t disappoint.
I grew up as a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod. My parents moved around a lot, but I mostly call New Ulm my hometown. I was the heavy-set middle child who liked to get lost in books, but I also grew up to join the army – and became the Douglas McArthur Leadership Awardee and US Army Europe Soldier of the year. I was a Russian-language interrogator sergeant and worked in civilian clothes debriefing political refugees in Germany who were seeking political asylum. It was a strange and interesting time to be alive. I was in Berlin two weeks after the wall came down!
This is the 24th time I’ve moved – and the last time for a good long time, I pray. My husband Daryl, and I met when we were both in the army stationed in Munich Germany. We celebrate our 28th anniversary in April. He grew up in Cold Spring. He is also a Pastor and will be starting at South Santiago in rural Becker this month. We are grateful that our family keeps growing. Hannalora (our favorite daughter) and Sam live in Marshall and have 3 boys; Andreas (son #1) and Natasha live in Redwood Falls and are expecting a baby in May; Oliver (son #2) is a student at MN State University, Mankato and is following his dream to become a pilot. Caleb (son #3) is soon to be 15 and is a 9th grader at Tech High School.
Life can be a little complicated and trying to explain how I went from Army Interrogator to Pastor might take a little more space than I have in this newsletter. Just know that I’ve spent time as an English-As-A-Second-Language teacher, which we owned a weekly newspaper in South Dakota, and there was never a part of me that thought I’d become a Pastor until the Spirit grabbed me and didn’t let go. That was about 12 years ago.
I still like books and would like to get in better shape. After two cups of coffee in the morning I switch to decaf. One of the greatest hopes for our time together involves growing in the Word – both in better understanding scripture and seeing where the Spirit is leading us.
I am extremely excited to see and experience ministry with you. The days will now start getting incrementally longer. Pay attention and let it remind you that we celebrate Christmas because God comes to us as a human so that we might let our light shine in the darkness of a broken world.
I thank God for bringing us together – and look forward to hearing your stories in the coming weeks. Feel free to stop by to say hello or lets meet somewhere for a visit and a cup of coffee.
Click here to read the article about Pastor Jennie in the St. Joseph Newsleader