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Rev. James Bischoff

  • Muncie, IN

Ministry setting

Lutheran Church of the Cross, Muncie, IN.

What brings you joy in your ministry?

My joy comes from finally being allowed to, once again, serve as a parish pastor.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

The gathered assembly on Sunday mornings.

What are your interests outside of ministry?

Reading mysteries. Listening to music and playing music. Watching BBC America and Masterpiece Classics. Traveling, with Dave, to Scotland, Wales, and England.

Best meal you've ever eaten?

Thanksgiving dinner fixed by my Mom.

Brief bio

I grew up in rural southeastern Michigan (on a farm). I received the BA in music from Capital University in 1972 and the MDiv from the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary (now Trinity) in 1976. I was ordained by the ALC on 27 June 1976 and served as a parish pastor until June of 2004. In August 2011 I was approved for reinstatement to the ELCA clergy roster. At the time I was serving as organist/choir director at Gethsemane Lutheran in Indianapolis. Gethsemane voted to call me as Associate Pastor and I was installed there in March 2013, allowing me to be reinstated to the ELCA roster. I have served congregations in Michigan, California, and now Indiana. David Kroll, my partner of 20 years, became my husband when we were married on 22 February 2015.

Did you always want to be clergy?

Yes. From my earliest memory I knew that I was going to be a pastor. When I was in seminary I discovered that my paternal grandmother had prayed that I would go into the ministry from the day I was born. Knowing my grandmother I'm sure that God didn't have any choice but to answer her prayer in the affirmative. The nine years that I was not allowed to serve as a pastor were the most painful years of my life.

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