Meet Messiah’s Pastor – Pastor Curtis Golm
My name is Curtis Golm and I have been serving as the pastor of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church since 2008.
I was born and raised in Michigan and am the third of four children born to my parents. My dad had a career in the Michigan State Police and my mom worked for the most part as a homemaker. I graduated in 1979 from the high school in my hometown of Hopkins, Michigan. After spending one year at Western Michigan University, I bounced around from job to job for the next five years.
I worked a couple factory jobs, sold insurance and investments for few years and wound up as a claims-adjuster for a small appraisal company.
At the advice of my pastor I decided to enter the study for the pastoral ministry. My formal education began in 1985 at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. I graduated from Bethany in 1988. I then attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin, graduating in 1993. While a seminarian I had the pleasure of serving in Queensland, Australia and in Wyoming, Michigan as a vicar (i.e., pastoral intern).
Upon returning from Australia I met Miss Janet Mielke, a beautiful teacher from Kenosha and the sister of one my seminary classmates. While serving my vicar-year at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Michigan I had limited contact with Miss Mielke. However, at the very end of my time in Wyoming, my relationship with Janet flourished and just after the beginning of my senior year at the seminary, we were engaged to be married.
The day after my seminary graduation, Janet and I were joined in holy matrimony at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenosha. Two weeks prior to my seminary graduation, I was assigned to serve as a missionary to the Lutheran Church of Central Africa, and be stationed in the Southern Province of Zambia, about a two-hour drive north of Victoria Falls. By the way, Janet was fully aware of the assignment given to her husband-to-be, and still she married me (much to my relief).
Even though in our first six months of marriage we moved no fewer than five times, our first permanent home as newlyweds was in Choma, Zambia.
God has blessed us with four children, two born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, one born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and one born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
While our time in Zambia was enjoyable, it was short—only three and half years. We felt compelled to return to the United States and I received a Divine Call to be the pastor of Holy Scripture Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
We enjoyed our time in Fort Wayne and made some very dear friends, but my ministry there ended in 2006. We subsequently moved back to Wisconsin. It wasn’t too long after returning to the area that I began serving a long-term pastoral vacancy call at Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenosha. When that position was filled at the arrival of their permanent pastor, I took up selling cars for a short time. But the Lord was not done using me in the pastoral ministry.
In early 2008 I received a phone call from the District President of the Southeastern Wisconsin District and asked if I would be willing to serve as the vacancy pastor of a small congregation in the Bay View community of Milwaukee. I said that I would be honored to so, and shortly thereafter my relationship with Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church began.
It has been over a decade that I’ve been at Messiah. While we have gone through several changes, the Lord in His grace and mercy has been with us every step of the way.
My wife Janet works as a public-school teacher of second graders in Kenosha. We have our home in Trevor, Wisconsin (near the Illinois state line). Our two daughters are married, and each has two children. We love being grandparents. Both of our sons are single; one is actively serving in the U.S. Army, the youngest is living at home with us and is in the car business.
Messiah is still a small congregation, but we live with God’s presence every hour. Souls are being nourished with the means of grace—the gospel in God’s word and Sacraments. Little lambs in our preschool are being taught simple truths about Jesus their Good Shepherd. God’s people are hearing the demands of God’s law and being comforted and assured of sins forgiven and salvation won for them by the perfect life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am honored to serve the Lord and to serve His people at Messiah and am convinced that He will continue to bless us, no matter what the future may hold.