WAUWATOSA, WI. February 19, 2017 — The membership of Northwest Baptist Church (NWBC), an evangelical congregation on the border of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee, overwhelmingly voted in favor to call Paul J. Springer, Jr. as NWBC’s next Senior Pastor.
Pastor Springer becomes the ninth Senior Pastor of NWBC, a 60-year old congregation with a rich history of welcoming and impacting the area out of their love for Christ and their neighbors.
“Northwest is unique in that we truly reflect the economic, racial and cultural diversity of the neighborhood surrounding our church. We identified Paul as a leader who both shares our commitment to love our neighbors and who can guide us as we seek to model Christ’s message of reconciliation, redemption, and healing to a fractured world,” said Bonnie Lee, Pastor Search Committee chairperson.
Pastor Springer, emphasizing the congregation’s sense of mission, said, “In this age of social media, many of us have lots of ‘friends’ but there is little depth to most relationships. Jesus not only wants to reconcile our relationship with him, but with each other as well. I’m excited to come and be a part of how Jesus is working through Northwest to restore relationships across lines that some see as boundaries, but are really just opportunities for God to show how amazing he really is.”
Pastor Springer comes to NWBC from Transformed Life Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, where he served as Church Planter and Lead Pastor. Serving urban congregations through internships, one with the North American Mission Board, as well as church Elder and Worship Director, has allowed him to explore his passion: finding meaningful ways to connect with and minister to people from a multiplicity of backgrounds. Pastor Springer holds a Bachelor of Science from Wheaton College and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Paul and Melissa Springer have been married since 2000 and have four beautiful children: Paul III (11), Jacob (9), Emily (7) and Isabella (4). Melissa grew up in Tokyo, Japan, a child of Christian missionaries, and shares a deep concern that all people experience Christ’s love and freedom.