Our Family

Pastors

St. Paul is served by two pastors.  Harland Goetzinger owned his own publishing and marketing firm for seven years, and held management positions with various firms before becoming a pastor.  He graduated from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod's Seminary Certification Program, which included studying at Northwestern College and Martin Luther College.  Upon graduation, he continued his training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin. During his third year of training, he served as a Vicar at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Clifton Park, New York.  He serves now as pastor at St. Paul, as well as president of WELS-Canada.  He is married to his wife Karen, a textile and mixed media artist.  They have two children, Aaron and Meghan.
 
Luke Thompson studied philosophy at Marquette University and taught philosophy classes in adjunct positions at Bethany Lutheran College and Wisconsin Lutheran College before graduating from the Seminary Certification Program and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  He served as a Vicar at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in College Station, TX.  He now serves as pastor at St. Paul, and talks internationally at universities and churches  on philosophy of religion.  He is married to Christine, a playwright.  They have a son, Soren and a daughter, Simone.

Staff

For over 20 years, Sue McDougall has been St. Paul’s principal administrative assistant. She helps us all stay connected to the comings and goings at a busy church-centre. Sue loves working with her church family, knowing that she is united in faith with so many people both at St. Paul and around the globe. An Ottawa native, Sue loves to get out and enjoy the scenery, walking the trails, biking, and gardening. She is also an avid baker and makes an apple crisp that just smells like home. 
 
Anna Reepschlager serves as Illumine Campus Ministries' Student Coordinator. She is currently in her third year at the University of Ottawa, working on her Honours Bachelor in Communications and a Minor in History. Anna loves how Illumine brings students together from across the city. "We always have interesting, thought-provoking conversations, and at the same time, we also have the chance to create a unique community."  Anna is also a published author, and an avid reader and writer. She also enjoys traveling, especially when the journey ends up being wilder than the destination planned. Highlights include an estate sale in Beverly Hills, visiting a museum entirely about potatoes--yes, potatoes, and an unknown nature trail that was as breathtaking as it was perilous.