Pastor Paul Waterman


In June of 2016, Epiphany Lutheran Church called me to serve in the office of Pastor. As a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, I moved to Carbondale and began ordained ministry at Epiphany Lutheran Church on August 1, 2016. 

I am a lifelong Lutheran. I grew up in Northeast Iowa and attended church fifty-one Sundays each year. I fondly remember sitting with his best friend, Kurt, in youth Sunday School, waiting to be called upon to request the song, “Father Abraham.” I made it through confirmation and became more involved in high school. One transformative experience was attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri, in the summer of 2000. I enjoyed teaching Sunday School and helping lead worship at my home congregation when I was in high school.

I completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education at the University of Northern Iowa. I was always involved in campus ministry and even completed a 150-hour internship in campus ministry at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. My first professional job was as a Hall Director at Texas Lutheran University, followed by three years as an Academic Advisor at the University of Northern Iowa. 

I am happily married to Pastor Melissa; we have three children and a dog that we call our immediate family. Pastor Melissa currently serves Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church (De Soto) and First Lutheran Church (Murphysboro). I enjoy conversing with others, reading, brewing beer, gardening, roasting coffee, and line dancing (among other things). Passions in ministry include campus ministry, pastoral care ministry, partnerships with ecumenical and interfaith partners, and creative writing. 

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Pastoral Intern: Jacob Krueger


Jacob is currently studying for his Master of Divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in in Classics and Religious Studies and a Minor in Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his time in undergrad he worked a couple of jobs including two years at the Lutheran Center, an ELCA campus ministry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There, he was a peer minister working primarily in the area of worship.

At the conclusion of his degree, Jacob worked at Campus Lutheran in Kearney, NE. After a short time there, he worked at Southeast Community College as an Administrative Assistant where he helped people sign up for GED and ESL classes.

Jacob was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE. Grace Lutheran helped build his liturgical imagination and passion for worship. His favorite hymn is “How Long, O God” which was written by Ralph F. Smith (1940-1994) and is based on Psalms 88, 89, and 90. Ralph F. Smith was the Liturgics professor at Wartburg before he tragically died in a car accident in 1994. Jacob joyfully uses his voice in the Wartburg Seminary choir.

Throughout his years, he has been formed by the many experiences he has had. This includes serving on the Nebraska Synod strategic planning team, attending the 2016 Churchwide assembly as a voting member for the Nebraska Synod, and working with youth throughout the Nebraska Synod.

The fifteen acres he grew up on, about ten miles east of Lincoln, allowed his twin sister, Elizabeth, and him plenty of room to run around as young people. Throughout his years growing up he has become an avid baseball and Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. In Jacob’s free time, he likes to throw the ball around, watch baseball, and read. He looks forward to learning with and building relationships with you all!

Faith and Life Video Series

As we gather beneath the cross, follow Pastor Waterman and Pastoral Intern Krueger as they discuss faith and life through discernment and address questions pertinent to the life of a Christian. Please stay tuned as we post new videos as they are produced.