Pastor Paul Becker was born in Summit, N.J. in 1957.  He was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield, N.J., and later attended Redeemer Lutheran Church and School (K – 6) in Westfield, N.J.   He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1979 with a degree in voice and piano. He and Mary (nee Heckmann) were married on July 30, 1983.  They have been blessed with four children: Katie, Caleb, Josiah and Julie.  He completed the M.Div. at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis MO in 1985 and received the S.T.M. in 1988.  He served at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Douglasville, GA from 1986 – 1994.  He has served at Concordia since October 1994.  Pastor Paul enjoys reading, music, outdoor exercise, and visiting with family and friends.  He has provided leadership to the local Thrivent chapter, OAFC, LWML and LLL.  In addition to studying and teaching the Bible, the prayers, hymns and liturgy of the Church hold a special place in his life.  Beyond pastoral duties, he enjoys singing with the Civic Chorale,  volunteering with a local pro-life group,  learning about natural health practices and supporting the homeschool movement.