July 11, 2014

Mascoutah's St. Martin of Tours Lutheran Church has a new pastor

The Rev. Margo Peterson is the new pastor of St. Martin of Tours Lutheran Church in Mascoutah. She began serving at St. Martin's on June 1.

Peterson had previously served a one-year term as interim pastor to the congregation and recently accepted the congregation's call to be their spiritual leader.

Peterson hails from Milwaukee, Wis. She received a bacherlor of arts degree in Human Services from Judson College in Elgin, before attending the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, where she earned her Masters of Divinity degree. She was ordained Oct. 26, 2003. She has served congregations in Warren and Durand Ill., and Muscoda, Wis.

Peterson and her husband Jeff have three sons and live in Dittmer, Mo.

Peterson's passions are teaching and preaching.

"I love diving into the Scriptures with all age groups. It is great fun and truly fulfilling to help people have 'Aha!' moments when studying the Bible. In addition, I really enjoy leading prayer and meditation groups, enabling people to experience God in new and very personal ways.

"I think of preaching as conversation about the Scriptures for the day and how God is speaking to us through them. ... I don't preach from manuscript because I want to speak to and with the congregation, not at them."

Bishop S John Roth of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will officially install Peterson at a 9 a.m. service on July 20. Members of the community are invited to attend the 9 a.m. installation and a reception that follows from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Martin of Tours Lutheran Church is at 1190 N. Sixth St, in Mascoutah. Worship services are at 9 a.m. sundays, with fellowship and education following. After service pot lucks are held every second Sunday of the month from September through June.

Information: 618-566-2036 or

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