Paul Reichert, pastor at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, has a wide and varied background.
The Toledo native’s educational career starts with a diploma from Ottawa Hills High School, and includes study at Cornell University, a bachelor’s degree in business administration, in management, from the University of Toledo, and study at Nijenrode University in the Netherlands.
He attended seminary at Trinity Lutheran, Columbus.
He has worked as a shortorder cook, factory foreman, quality control manager, and assistant stage manager of the Toledo Opera in the past.
He was youth director at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, an intern at Cando (N.D.) Lutheran Church, and pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church, Northwood.
Reichert enjoys astronomy- he is a member of the Toledo Astronomical Association- along with water skiing, gardening, and home repair, “since we are first-time homeowners,” he said of himself and his wife, Beth.
Reichert grew up in the Lutheran church, but, “I had drifted away from faith in college.
“In 1986, I had a re-conversion experience, and was looking for a way to connect my renewed faith with my life,” he said.
“In 1988, while on a business trip, I felt the Lord’s call to ordained ministry.”
When asked how he was drawn to Archbold, he said, “The call of the Holy Spirit and the church opened us to think about Archbold as a potential new home.
“When we found out about excellent schools, the support- ive community, and most of all, wonderful people willing to live their faith, we knew this could be a great place to serve.
He and Beth have three children: Moriah, 10, Erin, 4, and Isaac, 2.
“We have been amazed at the welcome we have received in our first six months,” said Reichert of his first impression of Archbold.
“We are thankful for people’s friendliness, sense of community, and helpfulness.
“We had a great time with the Carp Festival. Most of all, we have been impressed with the way the people of Archbold reach out to help each other in times of need,” he said.
“I believe St. Martin’s is poised for some remarkable growth, so we will soon be seeing some new ministries and perhaps a building program.
“I love the amazing privilege of being here at this moment in St. Martin’s long history,” he said.