Pastor Timothy Soukup graduated from Northwestern College in May of 1984. He is a 1988 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. His first divine call was to Malawi, Africa where he spent 7 years serving as a missionary for the Lutheran Church of Central Africa.
In April of 1996 Pastor Tim accepted a divine call to serve as Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas. He served this parish, by God’s grace, for 18 years.
Pastor Tim and his wife Gretchen have three children: Amber, Kelsey, and Mitchell. Both Gretchen and Pastor Tim are excited about being a part of the Salem Lutheran family to reach and disciple people with the joy of sins forgiven in Jesus. Please pray that the Lord bless their efforts in sharing Christ’s love as they partner with the people of Salem.
John Raasch was born to Tim and Linda Raasch in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He grew up there with his two sisters, Michelle and Betsy, and attended grade school at Good Shepherd Lutheran. He was confirmed in 1998 at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. John graduated from Great Plains Lutheran High School in Watertown, South Dakota in 2002.
He graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-seminary studies. John met his wife, Ellen, while attending Martin Luther College. They took Spanish class and choir courses together there. They were married on August 1st 2009. Ellen graduated from Martin Luther College in May of 2010.
Pastor John graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI in 2014 with a Masters of Divinity. He was assigned in May of that year here, to Salem Lutheran Church. He was ordained and installed into the Holy Ministry in July of 2014 and has been serving here since that time.
Ellen and John have one child, John Jr. who they call Jack. Ellen, John, and Jack enjoy being outside together hiking, enjoying the fire pit, and eating good food. They love living thankful lives to their Lord and being his faithful witnesses here.