Pastor Stephen Raddatz was born March 17, 1965 in Yale, MI. Shortly after birth his parents moved to Beaver Dam, WI and when he was five to New Ulm, Minnesota. His parents are Professor emeritus Darvin and Marie Raddatz of New Ulm, MN. Pastor has three brothers and a sister. After attending St. Paul’s Lutheran School in New Ulm, he attended high school at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, graduating in 1983. He attended college at Northwestern College in Watertown, WI and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Pastor Raddatz received his seminary training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin. His theological training included Biblical Theology (translation of the bible from the Original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic), Historical Theology, Practical Theology (Christian counseling, sermon preparation and delivery, worship) and Systematic Theology (the discipline of organizing and clearly presenting the teachings of the Bible).
Pastor Raddatz graduated from the Seminary in 1991 and was assigned to be a tutor at Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School in Waco, NE. While serving at NELHS he served as the boys’ dorm supervisor and taught German, typing, and some history. He was also called upon to be the plant supervisor during a vacancy.
In 1993 Pastor Raddatz was assigned to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Jenera, Ohio. While at Trinity, he taught half-days in the school and served as the youth pastor.
In 1998 Pastor Raddatz accepted the Call to serve St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE. During his years in Lincoln, he was called upon to serve as the Nebraska District Chairman for the Ministry of Christian Giving.
In December of 2007, he married Kim. They have twin boys: Jacob and Joshua.
Pastor Raddatz accepted the Call to serve Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in July 2014 and was installed on September 7, 2014.
In his free time Pastor Raddatz enjoys spending time with his wife and boys, doing outdoor activities, sports, reading, and traveling.