Our Pastors

  Our Pastors  
Good Shepherd is blessed to have two wonderful pastors who would love to meet you!

 

Pastor David N. Rutschow

 
I was neither a prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a shepherd and also took care of sycamore-fig trees.
- Amos 7:14

My father was a dairy/beef/crop farmer in west central Wisconsin.    I liked farming so much that I spent the summers of my high school and college years working on my father's farm, but I was drawn away from cattle, crops and farm machinery. 

Being a Lutheran pastor was an idea in my mind as early as junior high.  My family's pastor at the time had something to do with it.  So did my mother and a seminary student who was a member of the little country church to which my family belonged.  My mother was an organist and directed the choir.

High school was six hours away at the college preparatory boarding school for Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin.  The schools were on the same campus, so I spent eight years in Watertown, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966.   Seminary training took me to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin, from which I graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.

A new mission congregation in Peoria, Illinois was my first place of service.  While there I spent many Sundays on the road, because I became involved in starting two churches in central Illinois and one in southeastern Iowa.  I accepted the call to serve as the first resident pastor of  Good Shepherd in Downers Grove in 1977.  The congregation was less than a year old and holding worship services in a motel.  Since then I have been privileged to be involved in three building programs here, as God has blessed the church and school with growth.

My wife, Pauline, and I were married in the country church of our youth.  God has given us three children:  A son, Paul, who is also a pastor; a daughter, Kristin, who was a Lutheran elementary school teacher for several years; and another daughter, Annette, who is currently living with us.  In addition, God has blessed us with seven grandchildren.

Since 1992 I have served as the president of one of the 12 districts of our church body, so I do travel from time to time.  As I return from each trip I am always happy to be coming back to Downers Grove to minister to and with the people that God has gathered at Good Shepherd congregation.  I would also count it a joy to minister to you in whatever way that I can.

 

Pastor Matthew E. Schwartz


I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.'
- Psalm 122:1
 
Seems like going to the house of the Lord has always been a part of my life. My father was a minister and encouraged me to consider serving the Lord as a minister as well. To tell you a little bit about myself, I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 14th, 1973. On August 5th I became a child of God through Holy Baptism. My first childhood home was in the small Lake Michigan coastal town of Manistee. When I was five years old my father accepted a call to serve in the small town of Chesaning, Michigan. It was there that I spent a majority of my time growing up. From ringing the old-fashioned church bell, to folding bulletins, to serving as an usher, I enjoyed my time spent in the house of the Lord. My high school years were spent at Michigan Lutheran Seminary where I graduated in 1991. My next step in life found me at Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin where I graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. My final years of training for the pastoral ministry were spent at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin, where I graduated in 1999 and received my Masters of Divinity degree. I spent my vicar year in training for the pastoral ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska. My first assignment into the full time ministry was tutoring at Nebraska Lutheran High School in Waco, Nebraska, where I taught religion classes and was the supervisor of the boy’s dormitory. My next call found me serving at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wisconsin, which found me carrying similar responsibilities. After two years of serving as a tutor, I was assigned to serve Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where it continues to be my privilege to encourage people to rejoice as they go to the house of the Lord to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus our Savior.

To tell you a little bit about my family, my wife Katie and I were married in the house of the Lord on July 7th of 2000. God has blessed us with four children: Elijah, Nathan, Anna, and Joel. We give God all thanks and praise for all of his wonderful blessings to us. My hobbies include reading, running, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy spending time with and getting to know members of the Good Shepherd family. If you are interested in learning more about the Good Shepherd family and what we have to offer, please feel free to contact me anytime. My hope and prayer is that together we can all say with the Psalmist, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122: 1

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