Pastor David Rau

I was born and raised in Neenah, WI. I attended Martin Luther Church and School in Neenah and Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, WI. After graduating from FVL in 1992, I enrolled at Northwestern College in Watertown, WI and became part of the first graduating class at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in 1996. I continued my studies at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, graduating in 2000. My wife, Jennie, and I were married in 1999. We have been blessed with 3 daughters, Brianna, Kayley and Emma. I enjoy watching and playing sports of all kinds, being outdoors in God’s creation and watching and helping our children grow and develop.


I served my vicar year at Mt. Calvary in Flagstaff, AZ. After graduating from the Seminary, I was assigned to Abiding Word in Houston, TX. There, I served as Pastor for Outreach and Family Ministry and spent two years as the acting principal for the school. In 2006, I accepted the call to serve in a similar capacity at Shepherd of the Hills in Tucson, AZ. In 2009, I accepted the call to First Lutheran. I am excited about the ministry here at First. God is doing great things among us. I look forward everyday to living and experiencing God’s grace together with you as we build each other up and reach out with God’s Word all to his glory and honor.

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