Trinity Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbanna has welcomed Rev. Paul Napier as its new pastor.
Rev. Napier has been in the ministry 29 years, having served churches in Muskegon, Mich., Seaford, Del., Hampton and Norfolk. He also has been a resident chaplain at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News. He is a third-generation Lutheran (LCMS) pastor who was ordained by his father on June 1, 1980.
“Both Pastor Napier’s sense of humor and love of music are evident during worship services. His sermons focus on scripture and make the message relevant to the lives of his listeners,” said a church spokesperson.
Pastor Napier was born in St. Louis, had his early childhood in Jackson, Tenn., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a master of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, having served his ministry internship year in the Chicago area.
Continuing education pursuits for Pastor Napier range from emotional process (family systems) to grief counseling.
He enjoys singing bass in the Virginia Choral Society.
Pastor Napier lives in Hampton with his wife, son, who is a junior at James Madison University, and daughter.
Trinity Lutheran Church meets at 9 a.m. in the Middlesex County Woman’s Club at 210 Virginia Street. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of each month as well as on church festivals. Pastor Napier and the congregation invite and welcome visitors and newcomers to services.
This congregation was founded in 1993, and has been served by two ministers before Pastor Napier—Richard Olson and Luther Baugham.