Justin Dittrich, Pastor Email – Ext. 12
Hello and thank you for visiting this page and getting to know me better! My name is Justin Dittrich and I serve as Pastor of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.
In October of 2014, my wife Brenda, my son Isaac and our dog, Cassie, moved to Grosse Pointe Farms from Minneapolis, MN to serve St. Paul. We came to St. Paul Lutheran Church because I believed it to be a great place to see God’s grace and to raise a family. We hope you do too!
I became a Pastor on February 26th, 2011 and served Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony, MN from 2010-2014. Before I served there, I have been Campus Minister at Augsburg College, Executive Director of a ministry non-profit called Vibe Urban Youth Ministry and have served Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church (Minneapolis MN) and Family of God Lutheran Church (Brooklyn Park MN) in various areas of Youth and Family Ministry and Christian education.
I love Jesus and the church and feel that worship just makes life better. I have served The Evangelical Lutheran Church by being the co-chair of the Youth and Family Ministry Steering committee of the Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods in Minnesota and I have been a presenter and speaker at Luther Seminary, Augsburg College and at Synod Gatherings. I am a musician and worship leader and have lead worship from parks to liquor store parking lots. For fun, I hope you can find me fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye on Lake St. Clair, camping and hiking at a state park, biking around the neighborhood or doing all the great things dads and husbands do.
Thanks again for checking out St. Paul Lutheran Church. Feel free to contact me through email or phone if you are interested in learning more about me or St. Paul Lutheran Church.
I was born and raised in Ohio, and still visit frequently to see my parents and siblings. Much of my childhood was spent on a farm, riding ponies, cleaning the dairy barn, or wading in the creek! My husband (a native Detroiter) and I both love the country life, but chose to reside in suburbia. We decided on Grosse Pointe for the good schools for our three children, one of whom is still a student at South. I received my BA at Earlham College, with a Spanish major, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. I worked in the automotive industry before taking a stay-at-home-mom sabbatical, during which I was active in the PTO, serving as president for many years along with other roles. Before arriving at St. Paul I worked at Wayne State University and most recently at Southwest Solutions in Detroit. I have found the people of St. Paul to be friendly, helpful and kind. It has been a joy to get to know so many fine people while working here, and I have found my job to be rewarding, challenging, fun and hard – sometimes all at the same time!
I have spent most of my life residing in Grosse Pointe Woods where I was a member of the charter class of Grosse Pointe North High School. I then attended General Motors Institute and the University of Detroit pursuing a business degree. After “changing directions”, I embarked on a 22 year sales career with Beecher Peck and Lewis Paper Co, a wholesale paper distributor in Detroit. In 2002 an opportunity presented itself and I accepted the position of Sexton at St Paul. As I saw it, working for a church and serving the Lord seemed to be a most satisfying situation. My job here at St Paul has been both challenging and rewarding. St Paul’s extensive outreach and the many congregational activities have kept me busy and have afforded me the chance to serve as an ambassador to everyone who enters our doors. My position as Sexton here is definitely uplifting and fulfilling!
I was born in Roseville and spent my childhood living in North Dakota and in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula before settling down in Detroit. I am married with three children (adults now), and am waiting for grandkids!
I lived most of my life working for myself before coming to St. Paul. I have found the work to be very meaningful. Meaningful work with a purpose. Although I may be a small part of the big picture of the mission of St. Paul, I am blessed and proud to be part of it, and thank God for the opportunity to serve.
I grew up on a tree-lined street in Grosse Pointe Woods. In the summer the branches met overhead and formed a tunnel of leaves. Through the eyes of a child it seemed like magic. Making lemonade stands, tying clover chains, and coming home when the street lights flickered on filled my summers. In the winter we dug forts in the giant snow piles left by the plow and went sledding at Balduck park. But eventually I had to grow up. I married my high-school sweetheart fresh out of college, and taught school for three years. When we had babies, I chose to stay home to raise and homeschool them. Five years ago, we moved back to Grosse Pointe—right into my childhood home. I take my new puppy for walks along Lakeshore, feed flocks of birds from my back-yard feeding stations, and enjoy a ridiculously over-productive vegetable garden. This year my youngest daughter joined her sister at college and left an empty space in my life. Working at St. Paul Lutheran in the neighborhood I love fills my time and warms my heart.
I joined the staff of St. Paul in the fall of 2015, but I have been a part of the congregation since I was five. St. Paul is my church family, and I am excited for the opportunity to work with the adult and children’s choirs!
I received my Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Piano Studies in 2005 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. I have over 15 years of experience as a private piano teacher and choir accompanist. While piano is my main instrument, I am also proficient on the violin, viola, and French horn.
Aside from playing piano, my interests include reading, distance running with my husband Rory, taking pictures of our Westie Max, and going shopping.
The Church Council consists of the officers of the congregation, the pastor, all committee chairpersons and a youth representative. The youth representative position may be filled by two alternating youth members. The current total number of members is 17.
The Church Council meets once a month on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. They do not meet in the month of July. The Church Council members are responsible for all aspects of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church’s life and activities. It is responsible for stating the mission of the church and oversight in accomplishing the statement of purpose as presented in the Congregation Constitution. The Council is also responsible for all financial and property matters, appointment and supervision of all lay staff, oversight of the church’s worship life, continuing adherence to the Congregation Constitution and the creation of a comprehensive Annual Report to be presented to the Congregation at the Annual Meeting. For further information, contact the Congregation President through the church offices at 313.881.6670.
The Executive Committee of the Congregation is made up of the officers of the congregation and the Senior Pastor. The officers of the congregation include the Congregation President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Administration Chairperson is also a part of the Executive Committee. The committee meetings are set as needed by the President or Senior Pastor. The Executive Committee reviews salary recommendations during the budget process prior to presentation to the Church Council and ultimately the Congregation for approval. For further information, contact the Congregation President through the church offices at 313.881.6670.
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