Paul Warneke

Church Pastor and Religion Teacher

A little bit about me:
I graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN in 1996. I also earned degrees from the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Hollywood, CA in 1986 and Concordia University of Seward, NE in 1983. I attended high school at Billings Senior High School in Billings, MT and graduated in 1977. I have been married to Randi (Hill) since 1983. We have five children: Amy, Joe, Marty, Chris, Daniel. We are also blessed with three grandchildren: Austin, Abel, and Aiden.
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Isaiah 53:6 “All we, like sheep, have gone astray. We’ve turned, everyone, to his own way. And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” This prophecy of Isaiah says it all.
What is your favorite thing about teaching at Zion?
My favorite thing about teaching at Zion is the opportunity to share with the students God’s love for them… and my love for them too.
Share a favorite memory at Zion.
My favorite memory is a note I received from a student that said, “I’ll never forget when you told me my sins are forgiven.”
What does Christian education mean to you?
Christian education means students receiving the information and skills they need to go into the world, serving God and their neighbor, permeated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What makes Zion unique?
The staff truly love and care about each student.
What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is The Hammer of God – by Bo Giertz… this book contains three different stories about three Lutheran pastors of a church in Sweden in the early 19th century, late 19th century, and early 20th century. It describes the struggles and joys of being a pastor in those days, which, surprisingly, are very similar to today.
Who is your favorite Bible character and why?
My favorite Bible character is Ehud ben-Gera, the left-handed judge who killed the Moabite King Eglon (Judges 3:12-30). He and I have something in common because I’m left-handed too. But I’ve never killed a king.
What is your favorite Bible story and why?
My favorite Bible story is Jesus appearing to his disciples on resurrection night. When he breathed on them, it was like God breathing life into the clay he had formed at the creation. But the life Jesus breathed into His disciples was eternal life… the forgiveness of sins, not just for them but for the entire world.
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