Pastor Joel Petermann currently serves Zion Lutheran Church, Torrance, CA which is on the south side of Los Angeles.
He is married to Jane and has three children. His oldest daughter, Magdalena, lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin and minister of music for the new Hope Lutheran Church and Kenosha Lutheran Academy there.
His second oldest, Sophia, lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin and works as a Branding Designer for 3Tree Marketing. His youngest, son Ethan, just completed his junior year at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota and is home working for the time being.
Pastor Petermann is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin and his wife grew up on a farm in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Pastor Petermann graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI in 1986. His first call into the ministry was to be Assistant to the Dean and instructor at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.
After serving there for three years, he was called in 1989 to develop a new mission congregation in Rochester, MN. He spent seven years in Rochester serving a congregation now known as Christ Our Rock Lutheran Church in Rochester. In 1996 he was called to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Amherst, NH. He spent 16 years serving this congregation in New England.
While serving St. Paul he was also elected as the president of the North Atlantic District of the WELS and served in that position from 2004-2012. In 2012 he was called to be President of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, a preparatory school (high school level) of the WELS in Saginaw, MI. He served there until 2018 when he was called to be pastor of Zion.
Pastor Petermann loves to exercise, ride his bike, play guitar, do woodworking, work on his cars, fish, sing and other hobbies. He is a Packer fan, Patriots fan and, who knows, he may become a Rams or Chargers fan. He loves to share Jesus.
Joel V. Petermann
Zion Lutheran Church
1001 W. 223 St Torrance CA 90502