|Rev. Paul F. Goetting|
Rev. Paul F. Goetting, 83, of the Briarwood Community, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Gertrude “Trudy” E. (Riedl) Goetting; 5 children, Stephen Goetting, Christiana Briggs, Elizabeth Goetting, Mary Goetting, and Andrew Goetting; a sister, Laurie Amann, 10 grandchildren; and many close friends.
Paul was born in St. Louis, MO, son of Ferdinand and Emma (Deichmann) Goetting. In 2012 he accomplished his goal of writing a book: Members are Ministers. Paul earned 3 Masters Degrees including an M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; a STM, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; and an MA in Urban Affairs, St. Louis University.
Paul’s professional career included Interim Pastor for 7 congregations in New England and one in Cairo, Egypt; New England Synod, ELCA, (Assistant to the Bishop); Lutheran Church in America; (Assistant Director for Planning); Lutheran Council/USA, New York, (Organizational Development); Center for Parish Development, Naperville, IL, (Leadership Training); Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, (Leadership Training); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, (Assistant Professor); Metropolitan Associates of Philadelphia, (Community Organizing); Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Warminster, PA and Our Redeemer, Lutheran Church, Prospect Heights, IL. Rev.
Goetting also provided pastoral support and completed work study in various countries: India, Afghanistan, Slovakia, Ghana, and Palestine. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Worcester.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from March 1 to March 3, 2013