Rev. Joseph Graumann
- Marlborough, MA
Graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Pastor, St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Marlborough, MA.
What brings you joy in your ministry?
I absolutely love to be around people, whether it's caring for them while in need or just sharing a cup of tea. What brings me joy is seeing people care for others, a sign of God's love poured out on them.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
The faculty at Gettysburg is just excellent in everything, but I have to say I'm inspired most by my peers. There are so many exciting leaders being raised up in the church right now.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
I play the piano and sing poorly, and I'm a huge Trekkie.
Best meal you've ever eaten?
If it's a shellfish and it's steamed/boiled in sea water, then it's probably the best meal I've ever eaten.
Joe grew up at the Jersey Shore, attending Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, NJ. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2011 and entered Gettysburg Seminary in fall of 2012. When in NJ, he lives with his mom and dad and younger sister. He plays the piano and sings in the seminary choir.
Did you always want to be clergy?
While I was little, the pastor thought I would be a pastor, but I always wanted to be a lawyer. However, at Georgetown--a Jesuit school--I fell in with the Justice and Peace crowd. I had secretly read books about how to be a pastor, but it seemed insane to give up what I had thought was a promising career in law. When applying to law school after graduating college, I realised I had to follow my heart. It turned out I'd been running from this my whole life.