Pastor Richard Starr
Pastor Starr grew up on a farm west of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and was called to serve in the Lord’s harvest fields. While in high school he became interested in athletic training, which helped him work his way through college. He is a graduate of Michigan Lutheran Seminary (1970), Northwestern College (1974), and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (1978).
He served as an instructor at Northwestern Lutheran Academy, Mobridge, SD, and Martin Luther Preparatory School, Prairie du Chein, WI. In 1981, he was assigned to start a home mission in northwest Columbus, OH. The result was Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church. At the same time he also worked as exploratory mission pastor for Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Marietta, Ohio. In 1987, Pastor Starr accepted a call to serve the Lord as a WELS World Missionary to Brazil, and was the field co-coordinator of the five-man team.
Pastor Starr returned “state-side” in 1992 to serve as pastor for Grace Lutheran Church in Muskegon, Michigan. While in Muskegon, Pastor Starr held weekly Bible studies at the state prison, baptizing and confirming several men. He received yet another call in 1997 to Divine Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Orion, Michigan. Pastor Starr accepted a call to Trinity in 2002 as administrative pastor. He is also serving the Lord on the governing board of Project Share.
Pastor Starr has served the Lord in several capacities, including the Lutheran Association for Church Extension, WELS “Seeking Our Neighbor” Committee, and WELS MI District Board for Parish Services. He is the author of two Bible studies published by Northwestern Publishing House and has written the book, “Speaking the Unspeakable.”
His favorite Scripture passage: Ephesians 2:8,9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God - not by works, so that no one may boast.”