Peter Carlson Schattauer
- Minneapolis, MN
Assigned to the Minneapolis Area Synod and awaiting first call. 2015 graduate of Yale Divinity School.
What brings you joy in your ministry?
I feel joy when I have the opportunity to worship God through prayer and song with people in faith-filled community. I enjoy planning worship that, through connections in Word, song, and prayer, orients and re-orients faithful people to life lived toward God and their neighbors. I also enjoy when ministry creates the space to build relationship with people you may not otherwise know.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
I know that I would not be in seminary if it were not for the support and encouragement of Rev. Bruce Benson, Rev. Jennifer Anderson Koenig, and Rev. Laurie Eaton. Since coming to seminary, Sharon Kugler has been an important mentor for me. Finally, my friends inspire me in all the ways that they minister as teachers, higher education administrators, non-profit administrators, youth ministers, and doctors!
What are your interests outside of ministry?
I love attending arts events including theatre productions, concerts, and art exhibits. I love being outdoors whether that is biking, hiking, or lying on the beach. I listen to a lot of This American Life. The Indigo Girls speak to my soul.
Best meal you've ever eaten?
When I was in middle school and high school, my mom would make pizza every Friday night before my sister and I would go hang out with friends. In my humble opinion, my mom makes the best pizza in Dubuque and the time that the four of us had together eating the pizza makes it the best (set of) meal(s) I've ever eaten!
I grew up in New Haven, CT, where I attended Bethesda Lutheran Church, and Dubuque, IA, where I attended Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. I went to St. Olaf College where I was a religion and political science major, was active in the St. Olaf Student Congregation, and sang in the St. Olaf Cantorei. After serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer at College Possible in St. Paul for a year, I spent three years as an admissions counselor at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. In 2012, I started at Yale Divinity School where I have had the opportunity to work as a Chaplain at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT, as an intern in the Yale Chaplain's Office, and as the Liturgical Assistant at the University Church in Yale.
Did you always want to be clergy?
While I was not always sure I wanted to be clergy, I have felt a pull towards work in the church since I was in middle school. In college, I first denied that I wanted to study religion, then denied that I was going to seminary, and continued to deny that I was going to be ordained. While my call process involved many conversations with friends and mentors over the years, I remember a night in Lent 2010 when I sat down at a dinner table with my pastor in Minneapolis and, after having an enjoyable conversation with her for a while, I realized that she was at work. And I thought, "This would be an awesome job!"