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Jeffery L. Carpenter, Pastor

VACANT, Director of Music Ministries–Apply Now


Jeffery L. Carpenter, Pastor
Phone: 479-442-3040      
email: pastorcarpenter@elcnwa.org

Pastor Carpenter was born in a military hospital in Panama while his father was serving in the Army during Vietnam War. After his father completed his service, the family returned to the U.S. Pastor Carpenter attended different schools during his childhood as his family moved frequently.

During his senior year in high school, he met his sweetheart, Nanette who was then a junior. They began dating and after graduating high school, they both attended the University of Arizona. It was during their time at the university, that they were invited to attend a Lutheran Church near the campus, called Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  In time, they both participated in adult bible courses and in 1989, they became members of the church.

In 1990, Pastor Carpenter received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona. He and Nanette were engaged and in July of 1991, he married his high school sweetheart. They lived in Tucson, Arizona for two years, and in 1993, they moved to Austin, Texas so Pastor Carpenter could attend the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest. While in Austin, God blessed them with their first son, Jeffery.  After completing his Masters of Divinity Degree in 1997, he took a call to North Central Kansas where he served a Two-Point Parrish with approximately 500 members. The congregations were Olsburg Lutheran Church and Walsburg Lutheran Church.  In 1999, their second son, Joshua was born in Manhattan, Kansas.

In 2000, the family moved to Fredericksburg, Texas where he served on a pastoral team as a co-pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church, a congregation of about 1,000 members.  During their time at Bethany, God blessed them with their third son, Jacob.

In 2006, the family moved to Boerne, Texas where he served on pastoral team at St John Lutheran Church, a congregation of about 1300. He served that congregation for almost 11 years.

In 2017, Pastor Carpenter was called by the faithful people of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas to serve as their first full time pastor. He will be installed as their pastor on Easter Sunday.

Pastor Carpenter has enjoyed a variety of sports and outdoor activities over the years including football, basketball, baseball, motocross, road and mountain bike racing, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping etc. He has been blessed to serve with church friends on Disaster Relief Teams over the years. He has also participated in international mission and ministry projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Honduras and Mexico.


Director of Music Ministries (VACANT)

With the resignation of Dr. Tatiana Taylor to accept a teaching position in Missouri, we are searching for someone to fill our part-time position as Director of Music Ministries..

If you or know of anyone who is qualified/interested in this position, we encourage you/them to apply.   To learn more about the position GO HERE!!!