HHe is Pastor Jason Dampeir (dam-pair ‘) and on November 14 he will become the new pastor of the Word of God Lutheran Church, located on the highway. 34 just west of Sam, on the same side of the freeway as Sam. His wife is Jessica. And, yes, they’re a great young couple. She will transfer her job to a Starbucks near you.
They are both originally from Florida. He did his college education at Publix and then stayed professionally there after graduating in customer service, which will come in handy when working with people in any church, right? He then attended and graduated from seminary and was ordained a Lutheran minister in 2018. Since then he has served as associate pastor in North Carolina.
By way of introducing Pastor Jason to you, I share with you some of his correspondence with the congregation as they both prayed for the union as a pastor and people, shepherd and flock. .
I believe that when you get to know Pastor Jason through these ideas, and I hope in person, you will agree with me that he is, indeed, a very good young pastor, with biblical and traditional beliefs so needed in our community for young and old. .
The very first good question that was asked of Pastor Jason was this: How do you understand the Bible as the Word of God? I invite you to read his response carefully and compare it to so many responses today, even by pastors who do not hold the Holy Scriptures in proper high regard.
Pastor Jason replied:
“As Luther was famous for saying, the Bible is the manger that contains the infant Jesus. I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Through it, God reveals himself to us, calls us out of sin, gives us his grace and leads us into the life he created and designed for us, eternal life.
“In general, I don’t use the terminology very much because it can be interpreted in different ways, but I believe the Bible is infallible. It will not lead us to error. I guess that means he can and should be trusted. Since she is the inspired Word of God, she holds authority over us and informs us of how we are to live in relationship with God and with one another. Also, since we believe that the Bible is the Word of God, we must devote ourselves to continuous learning of the Word and its context, so that we can tap into all it has to offer us.
Then there was this question about being a pastor: Explain your understanding of being a pastor. Once again, I emphasize the depth of Pastor Jason’s self-understanding and his lack of any desire for personal gain or power.
Response from Pastor Jason:
“I believe everyone is called to the ministry by their baptism. By faithfully serving God wherever we are, by serving our neighbors, God makes his love known to those around us. As a pastor, I have the honor and privilege of serving in vocation ministry as a minister of the gospel. While I believe the pastoral office is a holy office, I don’t think it is more holy than any other calling, because God has a holy purpose for each of us.
“This office is not something I’m entitled to, and it’s not something I think I’m qualified to do. It is only by the grace of God that I can serve in this role. I believe my primary role in this office is, as stated in the Augsburg Confession (the teachings of the Lutheran Church), to faithfully preach the Word (which comes from the Holy Scriptures, the Bible) and to administer correctly the sacraments (of Baptism and Holy Communion).
This next question was also asked. One, of course, very important for those who will hear his sermons and very important for you in the community who are now invited to hear his sermons. The question: What is your understanding of preaching, and how would you describe your preaching?
Pastor Jason gives this convincing answer:
“As I heard Dr Amy Schifrin say, the role of the sermon is to revive the dead. My understanding of preaching is to communicate what the scriptures say in a meaningful way so that listeners can be brought to new life in Jesus. I firmly believe that this is done by properly distinguishing the law and the gospel so that all can come to see how they have failed in the glory of God (the law), see their need for a Savior and see this. that God made in Jesus (gospel) and acts by the Holy Spirit to bring them to newness of life.
“Style wise, I don’t like being married to a particular style, but I would say I’m more of an exhibition preacher. I enjoy doing a fair amount of text study (bible verses) throughout the week. For the sermon, I like to explain the text in a way that people understand it while drawing themes from the text and using a variety of illustrations to support it. I don’t believe the sermon is a Bible study, so I generally don’t go verse-to-verse, but I find it best to let the text guide me each week.
“As for my illustrations, I try to mix things up a bit. I usually try to find stories, personal experiences, current events, or other images to illustrate the point of the text, and sometimes those images come from the text itself. FYI, if you visit our website at Holytrinitygastonia.org or our Facebook page, you can watch videos of my past sermons.
Thank you, Pastor Jason, for helping us get to know you here in the Sharpsburg, Newnan and Peachtree City area. We look forward to you and Jessica living and serving with us.
And thank you, Fayette / Coweta community, for welcoming this great young pastor and his wife to our wonderful corner of God’s World. If you don’t currently have a church house, dress casually and attend the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at the Word of God Lutheran Church on the highway. 34 just west of Sam. I believe you’ll find a great young pastor, a nicest church, and a great house of church for you and your family. Oh yes, they love children and youth, and Pastor Jason plans to devote much of his time and ministry to children and youth. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. Great!
[Kollmeyer, a Fayette County resident for 35 years, is Pastor Emeritus at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville. Follow Pastor Scott Ness and this great church at www.princeofpeacefayette.org. Kollmeyer is also Interim Pastor at Word of God Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg for two more weeks. Find his weekly video recorded sermons at www.woglutheran.org.]