About Our Pastors
Our Savior Lutheran Church and Student Center called The Reverends Michael and Susan Thomas to be their co-pastors in August of 2002. At that time they were serving with the ELCA Division for Global Mission in Jerusalem as co-pastors at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City. Susan began the co-pastorate at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Student Center at Advent, 2002, and Michael joined her in the fall, 2003, after completing their Jerusalem term. Michael and Susan are both graduates of St. Olaf College and Yale Divinity School. Michael did additional study at Harvard Divinity School. Their campus ministry experience began in Cambridge and Boston. Michael served as Lutheran Campus Pastor at Boston University and Northeastern; Susan was Lutheran Campus Pastor at MIT and a pastor at University Lutheran Church, surrounded by the Harvard campus.
Before going to Jerusalem, they did international ministry in Vienna, Austria, as co-pastors of the Vienna Community Church, an interdenominational English-speaking congregation in the center of Vienna. The Thomases have three sons, two of whom are in school. Interestingly, international ministry is not â€œforeignâ€ to Our Savior Lutheran Church and Student Center. Our preceding pastor, Michael Fonner, left Hanover to do international ministry as well. After Pr. Fonner and his wife Leslie were called by the ELCA Division for Global Mission. The Fonners currently serve in Kenya at the Nairobi International Lutheran Congregation.Â