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Pastor Benjamin Tomczak

Benjamin Joseph Tomczak, the son of Frank and Kristine Tomczak, was born on April 15, 1980, in Monroe, Michigan. God gave him new birth into the Holy Christian Church through the washing of Baptism on May 25, 1980, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church(Monroe, MI).

Pastor Tomczak attended Zion’s parish school and was confirmed in 1994. He enrolled at one of our Synod’s worker training schools and embarked upon the “normal” path to pastoral ministry in the Wisconsin Synod: prep high school, college, seminary, call day. On call day the Lord of the Church assigned Pastor Tomczak to a parish in the Dallas suburbs, and in 2013 he accepted a call to a parish in western Sioux Falls, South Dakota (see below for academic and ministry background).

In 2006, Pastor Tomczak married Kristen (nee Scharf), whom he met on the church softball team at Zion. Kristen taught for seven years at Zion along with Pastor Tomczak’s father.  Kristen grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota, where she attended Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School and Martin Luther College. She also did graduate work at Eastern Michigan University, studying history. Pastor and Kristen have four children: Katherine, Samuel, Hannah, and Rachel.  In their free time, the Tomczaks love watching and playing sports, playing cards, and talking about history, politics, and sports.

Pastor Tomczak enjoys reading and study. When he’s reading theology, he especially enjoys church history, focusing on Luther studies and American Lutheranism.  He also enjoys reading about the history of the papacy. Overall, he enjoys reading theology, church history, history in general, politics, and historical fiction. He’ll also read regular fiction now and again. His favorite book is whatever he’s reading at the moment.

Writing also appeals to Pastor Tomczak. In high school, college, and seminary, he worked on student papers, magazines, or journals, also serving as a student editor. While at Martin Luther College he worked as a sports writer for the New Ulm Journal.  You can read a conference paper he presented in Texas in January 2013: “Faith comes through the preaching.” You can also read a paper he presented in 2016 at the Symposium on Hermeneutics at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Hermeneutics and the Confessions

Academic Background

1994-1998 – Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, MI
1998-2002 – Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN, B.A.
2002-2006 – Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI, M.Div
2009 – Hebrew Institute, MLC
2011-2013 – STM courses, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
2014 – “Liturgical Calendar,” Sioux Falls Seminary
Ministry Background

2004-2005 – Living Savior Lutheran Church, Asheville, NC, vicar
2006-2013 – St. Mark Lutheran Church, Duncanville, TX, pastor
2013-present – Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Sioux Falls, SD, pastor

Other church service

2007-11, LWMS Spiritual Growth Pastor, Red River Circuit
2008-13, Essay Committee, South Central District
2008-13, Secretary, South Central Pastors Conference
2008-13, Member, Michigan Lutheran Seminary Governing Board
2008-14, Book Reviewer, Northwestern Publishing House, non-proprietary books
2009-13, Secretary, South Central District
2011, 2013, 2014 – Contributing author, Meditations
2012, Contributor, “Report of the 102,” for the Translation Evaluation Committee
2012-present, Book Reviewer, Shepherd’s Study: Continuing Education Blog for Busy Pastors
2013-present, member, Commission on Inter-Church Relations
2013-present, blogger, Bread for Beggars

2014-2015, Member, Literature Committee, WELS Hymnal Project
2014-present, District Worship Committee, Dakota-Montana District