Pastor Aaron Stinnett was called to serve God’s people at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia, after previously serving Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mandeville, Louisiana (2009-2018) and the dual parish of Zion Lutheran Church in St. Ignatius, Montana, and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Polson, Montana (2005-2009).
He and his wife Nancy were married on June 19, 1993, and they have been blessed with three children: Noah (a student at Hillsdale College in Michigan), Hannah, and Lydia. They are also blessed to have his mother, Esther, living with them. His brother, Rev. Eric Stinnett, has been called by the LCMS to serve as a missionary in Ethiopia, focusing on theological education at the Mekane Yesus Seminary.
Pastor Stinnett was born and baptized into Christ (at St. Stephen Lutheran Church) in Fullerton, California, in 1969 and was raised and confirmed in the faith (at Peace Lutheran Church) in Great Falls, Montana. His confirmation verse was Revelation 2:10b: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Before being called into pastoral ministry, he worked as Senior Manager of Health Economics for Johnson & Johnson (1996-1998) and as Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1998-2001). He received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana) in 1991, a master’s degree in health policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1993, a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in 1996, and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, Indiana) in 2005.
Pastor Stinnett is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots (but is not especially athletic), enjoys reading mysteries (but can rarely solve them), and likes classical music (but doesn’t play an instrument and typically sings out of tune). He is grateful for the diversity of gifts the Lord gives us and looks forward to serving in the body of Christ at St. Paul (1 Cor. 12:12-27).