James Justus Naumann was born on April 25, 1969 to Rev. Bertram and Alice Naumann in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 1973 Pastor Bertram Naumann was led by the Holy Spirit to accept the call as pastor of Redemption Ev. Lutheran in Lynnwood, Washington, and the family moved that summer.
James followed the footsteps of his six older brothers and sisters in attending Immanuel Lutheran High School, Eau Claire, Wis. He was graduated in 1987. Between high school and college he served honorably in both the United States Army Reserve and the Washington National Guard. He graduated from Immanuel College in 1994 and from Immanuel Seminary in 1994.
James married Sheila Theneman of Sleepy Eye, Minn. on June 22, 1996. Sheila is a graduate of Immanuel High School and an Associate of Arts graduate of Immanuel College. She received certification as a medical office specialist from Chippewa Valley Technical College in December of 1996.
This last April the Call Committee on graduates of the CLC was led by the Holy Spirit to extend to Jim the call to serve as pastor of Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lamar, Colorado. We praise the Lord of the Church for His grace in selecting men to bear His message of Christ crucified to a dying world.
Pastor James Naumann was installed on June 29 by his father. Pastor Delwyn Maas of Golden, Colorado preached on Psalm 8:1-4 with the theme: “God’s Kingdom is Extended and Its Enemies Defeated By Servants He Has Called and Filled with Zeal for the Task.” May the Lord continue to fill all His servants with zeal for their task.
(Upon request of the Spokesman, Pastor Naumann — who was our sole Seminary graduate last Spring — passed along this biographical information. We thank him, and pray God’s blessings upon him and the congregation he serves. — Editor)