Pastor’s Study – About Pastor Frahm

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Rev. John A. Frahm (click to e-mail Pr. Frahm)

Pastor Frahm has served congregations in the Midwest and Colorado prior to accepting the divine call to be pastor of Trinity in Boulder Junction.  He is a 1998 graduate of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, a seminary of Lutheran Church-Canada, a sister synod of the LCMS.   Pastor Frahm has served continuously as a parish pastor in the LCMS since 1998.  He is known strongly as a teaching pastor and leading reverent liturgical service firmly in the classic Lutheran understanding.

TMW070618-47(cropped3)Pastor Frahm considers our historic Lutheran doctrinal and liturgical heritage a crucial asset for the mission and life of the church and our identity. He believes in providing solid instruction for youth and adults and preparing congregations to remain steadfast and bold in confessing the faith amid the changing culture. The Bible, catechism and hymnal are key to our identity as church as we reach out to those in the world around us.

Pastor Frahm was born in a Chicago suburb and was raised in the southern Minnesota town of Waseca.  His extended family live in Twin Cities suburbs.   He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada (affiliated with Brock University).  CLTS is a seminary of Lutheran Church-Canada, sister synod to the LCMS.  He majored in historical theology in his Master of Divinity studies.  During his college years Pastor Frahm was very involved in campus ministry in Mankato and was the first president of Region 4 (MN and Dakotas) of Lutheran Student Fellowship (now LCMS U). He considers himself a product of LCMS campus ministry in many ways.  In between college and seminary he was a member at University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis, MN and served on the board of elders there. During his college years he was blessed to have heard many excellent theologians and churchmen of the Lutheran church who were influential in his desire to attend seminary. He also counts it a blessing to have been formed pastorally during his seminary years by many fine professors and pastors. His vicarage year was served in a combination campus ministry and parish setting in central Michigan. He is happily married to Jennifer, a southern Michigan native. Jennifer is an instructional designer specializing in online education. Jennifer works in the field of instructional design in higher education. They both enjoy vacationing in the north woods around the Great Lakes, the Rocky Mountain west, train travel, reading, etc.  Pastor Frahm also enjoys music, watching hockey, and is something of a railfan and train nerd.

The Holy Spirit has sent Pastor Frahm to serve small town, rural, and city congregations.  He has had articles published in The Lutheran Witness; Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology; The Bride of Christ liturgical journal, has been a guest on Issues Etc, and has been published on various Lutheran blogs and theological discussion sites (Brothers of John the Steadfast and others). He has also done research in the area of religious and civil liberties in the civil realm as well as bioethics.

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Pastor John Frahm

As a strongly teaching pastor, Pastor Frahm has gained a reputation of helping Lutheran congregations regain a clear understanding of their confessional Lutheran identity in teaching and practice, often shepherding through important challenges.  While serving diverse parish calls he has gained a depth of parish experience and diagnostic insights for the benefit of the church and the ministry.  Pastor Frahm sees himself as a classical Lutheran pastor centered in the Divine Service, preaching, catechesis (teaching the faith), Bible study, applying God’s Word and prayer in pastoral care, confession and absolution, and bringing direction to a congregation.    Throughout his time in the ministry thus far, Pastor Frahm has typically been very active not only with youth catechesis but also thorough adult catechism courses, as well as campus ministry where he’s had opportunity.

Since gaining significant experience in the ministry since 1998, he helped congregations solidify their foundation in Christ by classical pastoral care and oversight in Word and Sacrament ministry, thorough catechesis and sound liturgical practice. He firmly believes in moving congregations to see themselves as examples of faithfulness in both doctrine and mission, exemplified by reverent and joyful liturgical worship while being attentive to the task of outreach in one’s daily vocations in a way that shows faithfulness and integrity. He also teaches to move established congregations further in their understanding of sound teaching and practice in order to stand firm in our increasingly anti-Christian cultural context today.  It is important to be prepared to confess the truth and give an answer to those who ask us for a reason for the hope within us. Congregations are not built upon personalities or programs but upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets with Jesus Christ Himself as the cornerstone.   In our vexing culture it is important that congregations are deeply rooted in the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

“And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, the breaking of the bread and in the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

Some of Pastor Frahm’s Writings
Various writings by Pastor Frahm on the Brothers of John the Steadfast web page

“Gospel Reductionism Redux”

“Reclaiming An Early Church Diaconate for Lutheran Parishes Today”

“Give Attention to the Public Reading of Scripture: I Timothy 4:13: Lectors, Pastoral Stewardship, and Gender Considerations”

“The Vocation of Music in the Divine Service”

A tract on the weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Comments on the Dangers of Replacing Sin with Broken

A tract on the Lutheran practice of Private Confession and Absolution

Review of Through the Church the Song Goes On – published in Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology.

A tract on the Lutheran use of the Sign of the Cross

Liturgical Chant: Vestment for the Voice

A collection of Lutheran quotations on the use of traditional vestments

Lutheran Reflections on The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher

Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods