Pastor Paul Anderson

About Pastor Paul Anderson

How blessed I am, from where I’ve been to where I am.

Coming from Fairfield WA, my wife and I were blessed with the view of the rolling hills of the Palouse.  Never was there a bad view no matter where we went.  Like-wise, as we find ourselves now in the Bitterroot Valley, the view of the landscape is breathtaking.  Even before we arrived at Faith Lutheran here in Hamilton we were welcomed.  Since we have arrived, our welcome went from words, to actions of welcome with loving hearts and open arms to receive us, (and to help us carry many boxes and things into our new home).  Gwen loves returning to Montana, and I love being here as well.  We are blessed to be here.

I grew up a native flatlander from Newark Illinois, where my mom still lives on the farm I grew up on.  I was baptized on July 8, 1956, and subsequently confirmed my baptismal faith in Jesus Christ on June 13, 1971.  Helmer Lutheran Church was instrumental in nurturing and growing my faith.  After High School, I attended the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle and Wartburg Theological Seminary.  I continue meeting people where they are with the love of God through Jesus by the Holy Spirit—no matter where that is—at church, in my family, in our community, and in our world.  I am also, often times, meeting Jesus as I meet people where they are.  As a child of God, and throughout the years, it amazes me how big and how vast the family of God is.  We are indeed blessed by God’s amazing grace and love.

I am happily married to my wife Gwen of 32 1/2 years.  We are blessed with 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. 

I am excited for the blessings the future will bring.