Pastor Waterman was awarded a Master of Divinity degree by Wartburg Theological Seminary, in Dubuque, Iowa, in May.  On July 9, 2016, Pastor Waterman was ordained into the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Waterloo, Iowa.  

Pastor Waterman is married to the Reverend Melissa Waterman (also an ordained pastor in the ELCA) and they have three young children ranging in age from two to four years of age. Pastor Melissa Waterman will serve as pastor to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA) in DeSoto, IL and First Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Murphysboro, IL.  They will live in DeSoto.  

“Being a part of a clergy couple has challenges, especially with three young children, but ministry is not something we keep at church for our members,” noted Pastor Paul Waterman.   “All baptized are called into ministry in the various vocations that each of us have.”  

Pastor Waterman has two degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he worked in student affairs for a number of years.   “Campus ministry has been a critical part of my own faith journey, and the opportunity for campus ministry with the entire campus, not just students, at Southern Illinois University is exciting to me” said Pastor Waterman.