Rev. Andy Wright, Pastor
Pastor Wright has been called by God to serve the saints at St. John Lutheran Church by preaching the word of God faithfully and administering the sacraments according to the institution of Christ. He is always ready to serve.
Pastor is usually available at the church Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm unless he is making visits, teaching Bible study, attending a conference or meeting, or otherwise occupied.
Pastor Wright offers private confession and absolution when requested and at specified times during the year such as during Lent and Holy Week.
Contact the church office to reach Pastor Wright
About Pastor Wright
Pastor Wright was born and raised in Circleville, Ohio. He graduated in 2007 from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a B.A. in Biblical Languages. He then attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2011. He was selected to serve as a Graduate Assistant at the seminary the following year while completing classes for his Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.). He was called to serve the saints of God at St. John that Spring and was ordained on July 22, 2012 in Ohio and was installed as Pastor of St. John in Keystone on July 29, 2012. In May 2018 Pastor Wright completed his thesis and graduated with his S.T.M. in Systematic Theology (Doctrine). His thesis concerned the preaching of Martin Luther, the third use of the law, and the Formula of Concord. In August 2019 he began his studies for a Ph.D. in doctrinal theology from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
His areas of focus and interests in theology are: The Lutheran Confessions, Luther studies, and the liturgy and worship of the church. He serves on the worship committee of Iowa District East and has written papers and given presentations on topics relating to worship and the subject of his S.T.M. thesis. He has also been on various radio/podcast programs and written for The Lutheran Witness. Outside of theology he enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, and anything pertaining to aviation and the space program. He has always wanted to be a pastor and an astronaut to the extent that he was told he should be a "pastornaut" a moniker that has stuck with him for email addresses and the like since.
While studying at Concordia University he met Rebekah and the two of them were married on May 22, 2009. God has blessed them with four beautiful daughters Magdalena (born 2014), Anastasia (born 2015), Evangeline (born 2017), Petra (born 2018), and a son Boyd (born 2020).