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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.
Jonathan Kock arrived in Ottawa in 2021. He graduated from Martin Luther College in 2017 and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2021. After graduation he was assigned to serve as a Pastor at St. Paul here in Ottawa. Pastor Kock and his wife Abby have been married since 2017. Abby is a registered nurse specializing in Labour and Delivery. Pastor Kock and Abby are honoured by the opportunity that God has given them to serve the members of St. Paul and the community of Ottawa.


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. 


This is Nickolas Reepschlager's first year as Illumine Campus Ministry's Student Coordinator. He is in his second year of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Nick enjoys the relaxing atmosphere Illumine provides after a long week of studying. as well as all the people he meets and the thought provoking discussions he shares.  Nick loves listening to and playing music as well as woodworking. When he is not studying, you can find him playinging his guitar, in his workshop, or at the record store. And when he is studying, he is probably still listening to music.

 St Paul lis blessed to have many members who have immigrated from the South Sudan. We are a welcoming home for all refugees and immigrants, but because of the doors God has opened for us, we are closely connected to the South Sudanese community in Ottawa. Jacob Luk is St. Paul's South Sudanese Evangelist. He leads worship, devotions, and bible studies in the Nuer language. Besides being a busy husband and father of 6 children, Jacob is also studying with Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary's Pastoral Studies Institute.