Pastor Andrew Chavanak was called to serve St. Paul’s on May 8, 2011, and began his service following his ordination on June 19 of that year. Before coming to Falls City, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) in May 2011 and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan) in May 2007.
Pastor Andrew is a native of Detroit, Michigan, graduating from Detroit’s Renaissance High School in May 2003. His wife, Katie, grew up in West Michigan, splitting her time between Covert Township and Niles. Andrew and Katie met in May 2004 when they served on the summer staff of Stony Lake Lutheran Camp, a ministry of the ELCA’s Lower Michigan synods. They have been married since May 2008 and have been blessed with the gift of three amazing daughters – Evelyn, Isabelle, and Abigail.
Pastor Andrew enjoys rooting for his hometown sports teams – the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, and Pistons – as well as his alma mater Michigan State, although he’ll also cheer on the Huskers as long as they aren’t playing his Spartans. He is an avid vocal and instrumental musician and uses his talents as a member of the Clefsmen of Falls City, a men’s singing group that performs throughout southeast Nebraska.