Meet Our New Intern Matthew Pillman & Julia

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.” (Jeremiah 1:6-7)

Greetings! Hopefully by this time we have met, but here is a little introduction.
I (Matthew) grew up in rural Menomonie, WI as the youngest of six kids. When I was not rough housing with my four older brothers, I was helping in our large garden, caring for our chickens and ducks, or helping at the neighboring dairy farm. My love for ministry began as I watched my dad minister as a chaplain at our local nursing home.

My recent bride, Julia grew up in Badger, MN (about an hour north of Thief River Falls). She is the second born in her family of five kids. Julia loves the outdoors, music, movies, and any competitive game. Julia and I met while attending the Association Free Lutheran Bible School. We reconnected a few years later while we were both working for the schools. We were married on May 26th right before moving to Pipestone to begin my seminary internship.

Julia and I are responding to a call. It is a call to be students of God’s Word – a call to prepare for ministry. As part of our preparation, we are blessed to serve alongside Pastor Tim here at Christ the King Free Lutheran. We are fellow students of the Word, fellow congregants, and fellow disciples of Christ.

The prophet Jeremiah told God, “Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” Julia and I certainly feel like youth, both physically and spiritually. We are just seedlings newly transplanted to Pipestone, MN. But we also take confidence in God’s Word. We thank you, the members of Christ the King, for allowing us the opportunity to grow together with you through the study and proclamation of God’s Word over the next year or so! In Christ, Matthew and Julia