Summary: Pastor Dave Rau announced a Call Acceptance to Good Shepherd on Sunday, April 23, 2017. An Installation Service date will be announced once details are finalized.
Favorite Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:8-9 It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast. It is my Confirmation verse, and so succinctly reminds us that our salvation is entirely God’s gift of grace – his undeserved love.
Factors that led Pastor Dave to accept the Call to Good Shepherd: Over years of ministry, I have learned the importance of ministry planning and administration and enjoy putting those interests to work in the interest of the Gospel and the work of the church. At Good Shepherd, I look forward to helping connect people to God, his Word, his People, his Work and his Purpose. Those are exciting goals that present a great challenge to every member to be active in the ministry of the church, and to ever be growing in faith -and application of that faith- wherever they go. Working together with staff and elected leaders alike, I look forward to shaping the next generation of ministry at Good Shepherd to the glory of God, and the benefit of his kingdom in Burnsville and around the world.
Pastor Dave’s philosophy: Ephesians 4:12 reminds us that God gives public servants to his church to equip and prepare people to serve him with their lives. And so I see my work as equipping and empowering members not simply to come to worship, but to go out from worship and serve in whatever place and station God has placed them. Church isn’t something we come to once or twice a week, but a part of who we are and something we carry out as we live lives of service- whether on the Good Shepherd campus, at home, away at school, at work, or out and about around town. There is a service we carry out in every one of those places and roles God gives to us.
Hometown: Neenah, WI one of Wisconsin’s Twin Cities. Do you know its twin?
Education: Pastor Dave attended elementary school at Martin Luther School in Neenah, WI and high school at Fox Valley Lutheran in Appleton, WI. He enrolled in Northwestern College in Watertown, WI in 1992 and was part of the first graduating class from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN; graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996. He then attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, graduating in 2000.
Experience: He vicared at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Flagstaff, AZ under Rev. Michael Schultz. He was assigned as an Associate Pastor at Abiding Word Lutheran Church in Houston, TX in 2000 and served there until 2006 when he accepted a call to be Associate Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills in Tucson, AZ. He served there through November 2009 when he accepted the call to serve as Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, WI. He served there until 2017 when he accepted the call to be Lead Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Family/Home Life: He married Jennie on August 28, 1999. They have been blessed with three daughters, Brianna, Kayley and Emma.