Trinity Lutheran Church will officially install its new pastor Sunday, January 20, during a special installation service at 3 p.m.
Pastor Brett Naumann has accepted the call of the congregation to fill the pastoral role vacated by the retirement of long time pastor Rev. David Laabs.
A Wauwatosa native, Pastor Naumann comes to Trinity Lutheran with a strong background in ministry, having served the past 14 years at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac.
“I truly look forward to serving the people of Trinity Lutheran and the people of the wider Kiel community,” Naumann said.
Pastor Naumann said his experiences of pastoral leadership at Good Shephered have prepared him well for his new calling at Trinity Lutheran.

Called at a young age
Pastor Naumann felt called to a career in ministry at a young age.
He recalls being summoned to the office of his own pastor during a grade school confirmation class. “When he called me into the office, I thought I was going to be in trouble for doing something wrong,” he said.
Naumann was surprised when his pastor—a former seminary professor—told him that his gifts would fit quite well with a career in ministry.
“He told me that I had the gifts to serve as a capable and faithful pastor,” Pastor Naumann said. That made quite an impression on him.

Educational background
Naumann completed his high school education at Wisconsin Lutheran High, taking many of the pre-college courses he would need there. From that point, his educational journey led to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, the college of ministry where all WELS pastors and teachers attend.
Pastor Naumann then shifted his focus to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, where he completed his theological training. He was first ordained into the Lutheran ministry in June 2005.
From there, his first call came from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac.
“We went through some challenges and we enjoyed some great blessings in our time together,” he said of his first church/pastor connection.
“I look forward to using the lessons learned their to help serve the people of Kiel,” Pastor Naumann said.
“Pastor Laabs has served here faithfully and well for the past 20 years and has helped Trinity Lutheran build a solid foundation. I hope to use my abilities and experience to continue to improve the ministry we offer here at Trinity Lutheran,” Pastor Naumann said.
“I enjoy talking with people about their faith, and I even like to talk with skeptics. I relish conversations with people that makes them think. If anyone wants to have a conversation, my office door is always open,” he added.

Pastor’s interests
Pastor Naumann has a passion for worship leadership, and enjoys preaching. He also brings musical gifts to his ministry, using his talents for playing the organ, the piano and singing.
At Trinity Lutheran, one of his key areas of focus will be building family connections and engagement.
“We want to be seeking ways to involve people in their faith, and encouraging them to foster their connections in Christ,” he added.
An avid hunter and angler, Pastor Naumann feels he and his family will fit ell in the the Kiel community.
In fact, they have already purchased a home on Southridge Drive, and look forward to making Kiel their home.
Pastor Naumann and his wife, Mary have five children, ranging from twins at 7 years of age up through a 12 year old. All of the children will be attending Trinity Lutheran School.
Trinity Lutheran Church welcomes the community to participate in the installation celebration for Pastor Naumann on Sunday, Jan. 20.

The official installation service will take place at 3 p.m. followed by an opportunity to meet with the pastor and share in a meal.