CHURCH MINISTRY TEAM
St. Paul Lutheran Church exists to celebrate our freedom from sin, death, and hell through Christ; to nurture our church family with God's Word and Sacrament for lives of service to Him; and joyfully to share this good news of our salvation with the world around us (Matthew 28:18-20).
Pastor Jon Zabell
Pastor Jon Zabell's ministry began in Omaha, Nebraska, and he's been serving at St. Paul in Green Bay since 2006.
He serves our national church body as chair of the Commission on Worship. He also chairs the executive committee for the WELS Hymnal Project.
His wife Julie teaches 3 and 4 year olds at St. Paul School. They're happy to see their daughter and three sons becoming adults and finding ways to use their gifts to serve God and others. Jon enjoys spending time with his family and friends, early morning swims, and playing piano.
Staff Minister Peter Schaewe
Peter Schaewe is the son of Pastor Edward and Sharon Schaewe and was born in Marshfield, WI. He and his 3 brothers and 1 sister found it exciting to grow up moving from place to place as the son of a minister, who served congregations in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Peter attended high school at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI, and went on to Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, to become a teacher.
After graduating, he was assigned to teach grades 3 and 4 at Peace Lutheran School in Hartford, WI, where he served for seven years. He also taught at St. John’s Lutheran in Watertown, WI, for three years before going back to school to pursue a degree in Fine Art – Painting and Drawing.
After two years of art school, he was called to serve St. John, Jefferson, WI, where he taught 4th grade for five years and then transitioned into a staff ministry role. His thirteen years of staff ministry experience in Jefferson focused on worship planning, music coordinating, communication, and art teaching for grades K-8.
In 2017 Peter accepted a call to serve as staff minister at St. Paul, Green Bay, where he continues to carry out many of those same responsibilities. He especially enjoys teaching Bible classes and the occasional art class in addition to directing choir, playing organ, and planning worship.