Pastor Nitz was born on December 9, 1984 in Grand Rapids, MN. When he was about 2 ½ his family moved to a small town in Southeastern Wisconsin called Slades Corners. In 1999 he enrolled at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI in a program to prepare him for future pastoral studies. In 2003 he continued his education at Martin Luther College (MLC) in New Ulm, MN. He received a B.A. degree from MLC in 2007 with skills in Hebrew and Greek. That same year he enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in Mequon, WI. He was a vicar (intern) at Living Word Lutheran Church, Johnson City, TN from 2009-2010. In May 2011 he graduated from WLS with a Master of Divinity after studying the Bible in its original languages. Also in May 2011 he was assigned to serve St. Mark’s Bemidji. In July 2011 he was ordained and installed as pastor here at St. Mark’s.
He met his wife and the love of his life, Katie Myers, at Martin Luther College where she was studying to be an elementary school teacher. They first met in a freshman English class where a teacher assigned both of them to the same group – ever since he has been a big fan of group work. They were married in June 2007 and now have five children: Megan, Jenna, Lucas, David, and Elana. He likes football and enjoys cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He also enjoys spending time with his family, reading, gardening, fishing, fixing things, and most importantly, telling people about their Savior!
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