“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.

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.