Pastor Peter Prange

 Associate Pastor
 Email: [email protected]

Pastor Peter M. Prange was born in Janesville, Wis., on April 18, 1972, to Pastor em. Victor and Ana Prange and received as a child of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism on April 30. After attending public grade schools in Janesville, he enrolled at Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis., graduating in 1990. He matriculated at Northwestern College in Watertown that same fall and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1994. He then enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., to complete his training for pastoral ministry. He served for one year as a vicar at three New Orleans area congregations and graduated from the seminary in May 1998 with a Master of Divinity degree.

In July 1998 Pastor Prange was ordained and installed as the pastor of Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Pastor Prange would later serve Jerusalem Ev. Lutheran Church and School in Morton Grove, Ill., a Chicago suburb, and Living Word Ev. Lutheran Church in Johnson City, Tenn. He has served at Bethany since 2016.
While serving in Jacksonville, Pastor Prange met his wife, Tarren, and the couple was married in December 2003. Tarren is a graduate of DePaul University with a Masters of Nursing and is currently employed as a nurse practitioner. The Pranges have two children.

Pastor Prange uses his leisure time for family, theological reading, listening to various kinds of music, and cheering his family’s beloved Chicago Cubs. His special interest is family and church history, especially the history of the Lutheran Church and Wisconsin Synod. He has written extensively on the so-called Wauwatosa Gospel and the Protes'tant Controversy that seized the Wisconsin Synod in the 1920s. He was privileged to co-author Jars of Clay: A History of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (1863-2013), with Professor John Brenner as part of the seminary’s 150th anniversary celebration. Besides his parish service, Pastor Prange also served the synod as a member of the Commission on Inter-Church Relations (CICR) and of the committee that produced Christian Worship: Supplement, published in 2008.