|Pastor Baumann has had a very diverse, pastoral experience over his 30 plus years of ministry. Along with the Arizona/California mission board he was directed to begin a congregation in southern California. He had served two mid-sized congregations in Illinois and Minnesota, and a large congregation in Wisconsin.
Pastor John has worked in two areas of cross-cultural outreach – first with Hmong and then with Chinese. In both cross-cultural ministries he helped with outreach, and both organized the education and, along with others, taught seminary level classes to two Hmong men and a Chinese man who were preparing to be pastors. In the summer for six years he taught up to 10 Hmong and Chinese men from throughout the U.S. at our seminary in Mequon, WI. Currently he teaches two classes of Chinese students over the internet through Grace Bible Institute.
Along with all regular pastoral work, Pastor John has three major emphases:
• Spiritual growth;
• Marriage enrichment; and
• Biblical teaching, especially with practical emphasis.
John writes a blog (www.pastorbaumann.wordpress.com) in which he focuses especially upon spiritual growth and marriage enrichment.
For four years Pastor Baumann served as the spiritual growth pastor of the national board for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS), a group of women who encourage mission work and advancement throughout the world.
Pastor John has been married to Carolyn for thirty plus years. They have three children – two girls who are working and are married, two grandchildren, and a son in college.
Pastor Baumann graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. The LORD guided him in a different direction and he graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from Mequon Lutheran Seminary of the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod (WELS).
In free time Pastor John enjoys movies, music of many types, bicycling, weightlifting, grilling, and marksmanship.