Introducing Interim Pastor Bob Vetter

I was born and raised on a farm near Benson, Minnesota. Our family moved to Mt. Horeb, WI in 1958 and to Stoughton,WI in 1959. After 2 years at St. Olaf College, I served 4 years in the United States Air Force. After discharge, I completed my undergraduate degree at UW-Madison. I worked for IBM Corporation for about 2 years. Thanks to the GI Bill, I earned all of my flying ratings and licenses. I spent several years as a flight instructor, aircraft mechanic, seaplane pilot, and charter pilot. My wife and I owned an air charter company, Air One Ltd., where I served as chief pilot. Later, after we closed our air charter operation, we bought and managed residential real estate properties in Stoughton and Madison.

I attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. My first call came from Albany Lutheran Church, Albany, WI, where I served on a half-time basis for more than 20 years. Prior to that, I completed my training  in Clinical Pastoral Education. That has equipped me to serve as a chaplain on an occasional, as-needed basis during my years in parish ministry. I have served as a chaplain at Madison’s 3 hospitals, Meriter, UW, and St. Mary’s. October, 2012, after completing the necessary requirements, I was awarded board certification as a chaplain.

Also, during my years at Albany, I completed training as a spiritual director at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in Lacrosse, WI.

I had one of my most memorable experiences while serving as a Red Cross chaplain in Joplin, MO, after the tornado of May, 2011. About 3 square miles of that city were devastated, and more than 160 lives were lost.

May 1st, 2014, I began serving as the interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Oregon, WI. I left FPC June 30, 2016.

My wife Dee and I have been married for more than 42 years. We have no children. We have lived in the Oregon area since 1992. For both of us, our lives are a mix of the professional and the personal. We find that combination stimulating and meaningful. We enjoy traveling and sharing vacation time together. To lend a sense of calm to our lives, we have 2 rescued basset hounds who seem to have mastered the fine art of doing absolutely nothing!

During my years in the Air Force, I was addicted to the game of chess. Unfortunately, since then, only on rare occasions have I had the opportunity to pursue that interest. I also enjoy reading and pursuing my interest in current events. I’m committed to wellness of body, mind, and spirit. To that end, beginning in 1994, I’ve been involved in one form of cardiovascular activity or another. That has included running, bicycling, and using equipment such as treadmills and elliptical trainers.

I’m delighted to be serving the members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. I look forward to sharing our time together. Thank you for welcoming me into your midst.