“Every pastor shall strive to extend the Kingdom of God in the community, in the nation, and abroad.”

Pastor James W. Nipper

James W. Nipper serves as Senior Pastor at Our Saviour Lutheran Church.PastorNipper2 He also serves as Campus Pastor of East Tennessee University.

Pastor Jim is a native Tennessean, born in Nashville. He is married to Mary Alice Barnett Nipper, and they have three children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Johnson City.

He and his family have lived in Johnson City since 1994. This is his fourth call in ordained ministry: previous calls include – Messiah Lutheran Church, Knoxville, TN; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mobile, AL; and, All Saints Lutheran Church, Huntsville, AL.

Pastor Jim has served in many capacities with the Southeastern Synod ELCA — Youth Ministry Committee; Stewardship Campaign Leader for the Alabama Conference; Member of the Bishop’s Comsultation Committee, Member of Synodical Response Team, and Dean of the Holston-Heritage Conference of the Synod for 3 years.

He became the sixth pastor of OSLC in September 1994.

Pastor Ed Myers

Pastor Ed Myers was born in Nashville, TN on Reformation Sunday in 1972. PastorMyers2 He attended Western Kentucky University on a Regents Scholarship.  Upon graduating with a double major in Broadcasting and Political Science, he attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH where his classmates elected him class president.

He accepted his first call to Hope Lutheran Church in Frankfort, KY.  He has since served as pastor at Advent Lutheran Church in Murfreesboro, TN and Messiah Lutheran Church in Savannah, GA.

Taking seriously the Great Commission, Jesus’ command to make disciples (Matthew 28: 19-20), he has launched one traditional and two contemporary worship services.  While in Murfreesboro, he started a Lutheran ministry to college students, and will take over the role of Campus Pastor with the Lutheran Student Movement of ETSU.

Believing that youth are part of the Church of today and tomorrow, he has served on the AFFIRM staff for almost 15 years, and as Unit Director for Journeys and Worshiptivity.  As a husband and father, he has a natural heart for youth and family ministry.

Within the ELCA, Pastor Myers has served on the Candidacy Committee of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod.   In our Southeastern Synod, he has served on the Nominating Committee, the Consultation Committee, and recently served on the Synod Council.

Although a lifelong Lutheran, and ordained in the ELCA, he has been welcomed to preach in Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian Congregations and served as treasurer for the Frankfort Ministerial Association of Baptists, Methodist, Episcopalians, AME, United Churches of Christ, Presbyterians and Lutherans.

Pastor Ed Myers and his wife Brenda have been married for seventeen years and have two children.  Their son Tate is eleven years old.  Their daughter Annabelle is nine years old.

Pastor Ed enjoys sports, movies, music, reading, and spending time with his family.

Responsibilities of a Pastor

Consistent with the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, every ordained minister shall:

— preach the Word;
— administer the sacraments;
— conduct public worship;
— provide pastoral care; and
— speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling for justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world.

Each ordained minister with a congregational call shall, within the congregation:

— offer instruction, confirm, marry, visit the sick and distressed, and bury the dead;
— supervise all schools and organizations of this congregation;
— install regularly elected members of the Congregation Council; and
— with the council, administer discipline.

Every pastor shall:

— strive to extend the Kingdom of God in the community, in the nation, and abroad;
— seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel;
— impart knowledge of this church and its wider ministry through distribution of its periodicals and other publications; and
— endeavor to increase the support given by the congregation to the work of the churchwide organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and of the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA.