“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
Growing up, I always wanted to help people. I went through the phases that all kids go through, until, in high school, I decided that I was going to either be a psychologist or a teacher. While teaching a Psychology course in college, I experienced the “aha” moment when someone understood what I was explaining. I knew then that I wanted to be a teacher. To that end, I attended Wisconsin Lutheran College from 2005-2010, graduating with a dual degree in Education and Broad Field Social Studies. Upon graduation, my wife, Rachel Pedde, and I moved to Lexington, SC. For the last 8 years, I have worked at a virtual high school, serving as a teacher, counselor, and mentor to students throughout South Carolina. I thought I had it all worked out. God would use my skills as a teacher to help educate others, to serve them by being their teacher.
I have been a member of Hope Lutheran Church since 2005, and in that time, I have served as the Youth Discipleship Elder, Teen Sunday School teacher, and in various other capacities. Throughout these experiences, I came to realize that I loved to serve the members and community of Hope. In June of 2018, Hope Lutheran Church extended a call to me to serve as its staff minister. I have accepted that call and will be taking courses for the next 5 years at Martin Luther College in order to receive a certification in staff ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. I look forward to serve the members of Hope, it's community, and most importantly God.
As an individual, I enjoy sports, spending time outdoors, reading, and time with my family. My wife and I have two children, Parker and Payton, whom we love to be with. The Lord has certainly blessed me. He has been with me every step of my journey, leading me on His path, where I can serve Him and His people.
If you would like to contact Andrew Pedde directly, you can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org