|Darren Paulson, Pastor|
Pastor Darren Paulson was raised in Billings, MT and attended Eastern Montana College (now MSU-Billings) and graduated from Concordia College–Moorhead, MN with degrees in Sociology and Religion. During his college years, he spent 5 summers on staff at Christikon Bible Camp, south of Big Timber, MT.
Following college graduation, he spent a year with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Milwaukee, WI working at a daytime shelter for homeless adults. After two years as Director of Youth Ministry at Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman, MT, he attended Luther Seminary–St. Paul, MN with his internship year at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Avon, CT. During his seminary years, he worked as a part-time Director of Youth Ministry at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wyoming, MN.
After ordination at his home congregation of Peace Lutheran Church in Billings, MT, he has served as Associate Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Great Falls, MT; Associate Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman, MT; and Lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Lake City, MN.
Volunteer work in the community has included: Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors in Great Falls, MT and Bozeman, MT; Christikon Bible Camp Board of Directors; various ministerial associations; and Travel Leader for a trip to the Holy Land in 2012.
He is married to Trudi (Carlson), a native of Wyoming, MN and they have two children; Madeline and Noah – and a miniature Schnauzer named Henry. Hobbies and interests include: time with family, travel, camping, woodworking, skiing, hunting, fishing, golf, homebrewing and doodling.
Pastor Darren is delighted to be back in Billings, MT; however in the years that he has been away, much has changed – in the community and in himself. He is glad to be part of the ministry of Atonement Lutheran Church as we grow in our mission to the neighborhood, community, and world. Through our worship life, fellowship and ministries, we discover ways in which God is calling us to fulfill our mission statement “We bring the hope we share in Christ to all!”