Redeemer was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to hear and get acquainted with Rev. Peter Bauer last year.
Here is a brief summary for Rev. Peter Bauer.
Peter was born in in Portland, OR. He graduated from Portland State University, Portland, OR ((A.B.), Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton, N.J. (M.DIV), and University of Illinois at Chicago (MSW).
Rev. Bauer has been ordained for over 41 years in The United Church of Christ. He previously served pastorates in the former Missouri Conference (now Missouri Mid-South) and in the Southern California-Nevada Conference.
Peter currently works in the Tele-Mental Health Clinic, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Department Of Veterans Affairs, and serves as Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Work, College of Public Policy, and University of Texas at San Antonio.
Additionally to being a minister in the United Church of Christ, Peter is a: Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service Corps, USA, Retired; Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor; Licensed Marriage Family Therapist-Supervisor; Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor; Academy of Certified Social Workers; Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work.
Peter has completed a 28 year military career: 17.5 years as a Navy Chaplain representing the United Church of Christ and 11.5 years as a Medical Services Corps Officer, Clinical Social Worker in the US Army. He retired in 2013.
· Peter has served as a parish pastor, and on the Board of Directors for the South Central Conference United Church Of Christ
· Clergy delegate to General Synods, the United Church of Christ.
· He was the recipient of the Bob and Joyce Dell award for excellence in Mental Health Ministries ( 2011) at General Synod held in Tampa, FL
Peter lives with his spouse Kate Bauer and their many animals in Bulverde, TX.
From The Pastor…
The bell has rung! When in high school and college, while sitting in class, we were always waiting for the bell to ring to signify that the class time had ended and that it was time to move on to the next class. Well, for me at Redeemer, the bell has rung! Below is an excerpt from the letter that I submitted to our Redeemer Church Council and was read by President David Albright on July 17, 2020.
Dear Church Council and Members of Redeemer Church,
After being your Pastor for eleven years, I officially announce my resignation as Pastor of our beloved Redeemer Church, Zuehl, Texas. This letter and my announcement to Council at our June meeting will make my resignation official, however, per my contract, I will need to give Redeemer Church three (3) months’ notice before I officially complete my ministry here.
This has not been an easy decision to make. Several years ago, when I turned sixty-five years old, I contemplated retirement; however, I postponed that decision.
My ministry at Redeemer has been great and rewarding for myself, along with Sharon. These eleven years have been fruitful and very rewarding. Truly, I will miss being Pastor to many great, wonderful, and loving parishioners.
My most determining factor in choosing this time to retire is that the Coronavirus has caused financial issues, and the market has become very volatile. My United Church Pension has become very unstable, and the financial advisors are not predicting a bright future. Therefore, I need to begin drawing my pension.
On my paperwork from the Pension Boards, I checked off, and Council President David C. Albright signed a document that I could continue at Redeemer for my required three months or longer so that I would make sure that Redeemer would not be left “shepherd less” due to the Coronavirus.
Indeed, the decision to resign as Pastor of Redeemer Church is not an easy one. Our hearts are still in Redeemer Church. However, the time has come for me to move on to a different type of life style. And, the Coronavirus has been the trump card in making this decision, along with my recent heart bypass surgery.
According to the Pension Boards, UCC, in whatever pastoral ethical way that Redeemer sees fit, I can assist and help out with ministry at Redeemer. Council President David C. Albright is aware of the signed document (that I referred to earlier). Per my contract, my final date will be September 17, 2020. However, according to the Pension Boards, UCC, since I am retiring, I can assist in ministry in whatever ethical way that Redeemer sees fit, until a new pastor is chosen. Council President David C. Albright signed a document that stated that I could continue in ministry after September 17, 2020. However, after my three months of completion work (September 17), I have now decided that I will only be willing to work on a part-time basis, and an interim minister will need to be chosen by Redeemer.
In my forty-three years of ministry, I never looked forward to writing this letter. However, the time has come.
Signed with a heavy heart,
Grace and peace,
Rev. Leroy (Lee) M. Zillmann