Pastor Paul Lidtke was born and raised on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan in the town of Manistee, MI. After receiving his elementary and middle school education in his hometown, Pastor Lidtke attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary (MLS), a prep school of the WELS in Saginaw, MI. He graduated from there in 1982.
The next four years of his life were spent in Watertown, WI, where he continued to prepare for the public ministry at Northwestern College. Following his graduation in 1986, he entered Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI.
The third year of his seminary education was spent in Barre, VT, as a vicar (pastor’s assistant) at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Vicar Lidtke enjoyed the varied experiences he had at the growing mission church in New England.
In the fall of 1989 he returned to seminary life in Mequon and completed his studies in May of the next year. It was then that he was assigned as a tutor (teacher/dorm supervisor) at his alma mater, MLS. During his year on the MLS faculty Tutor Lidtke taught the New Testament Scriptures and church history to the junior class.
Desiring a place in the parish ministry, Paul was re-assigned in the spring of 1991 as pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Freeport, IL. He spent seven years at the church. His greatest blessings in Freeport were meeting and marrying his wife, Stacey, and being blessed by God with a son, Bryan.
From June 1998 through July 2004, Pastor Lidtke served Lord and Savior Lutheran Church in Waunakee, WI. During this time the Lidtke family welcomed daughter Kate (born in December 1999) and enjoyed life near Wisconsin’s capital city.
The call to serve Bethlehem congregation came in the summer of 2004. On August 15 of that year Pastor Lidtke was installed as the fourth Senior Pastor in the history of Bethlehem.
Stacey is the lead infant room teacher at a WELS childcare center in nearby Winneconne. Bryan is a first-year student at Marian University in Fond du Lac. Kate is in her sophomore year at Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac.
You may reach Pastor Lidtke at his office: (920) 235-5390; or his cell phone: (920) 410-5779. You may also e-mail him at pastorL@tds.net.