Dennis Lauritsen has served Sts. Peter and Paul since December 2000. Ordained in 1983 at his home congregation of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Iowa, he has previously served two parishes in the city of Chicago, Bethel Lutheran Church of Humboldt Park (1983-91) and Lake View Lutheran Church (1991-99).
Among his many interests and loves of parish ministry, Pastor Lauritsen values Christ-centered, biblical and relevant preaching; the vitality and integrity of the traditional western liturgy; the congregation as a teaching parish for all ages; solid faith formation practices and vibrant, Spirit-led evangelism; the confessional teachings of the church throughout the ages; the contemplative prayer life of the daily offices; and the compassionate pastoral and congregational care of souls.
Pastor Lauritsen was raised on a farm in Monona County, Iowa, the fourth of five children. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, during which time he served his seminary internship at Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry in Kansas City, Missouri, a year-long, urban experience with a focus on social ministry. In June 1999 he received a Master of Theology degree in Biblical Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where his interests centered on the New Testament, particularly the First Epistle of Peter and other early Christian literature from the post-apostolic period of the second century.
Pastor Lauritsen lives in Riverside with his wife Jane and their family. They have three adult children, Samuel, Isaac and Olivia. He enjoys singing with the Lutheran Choir of Chicago, running, cycling, and reading good books.
Jesus, the Rich Man, and All of Us Lousy Stewards by Prof. David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson Biblical Preaching Chair, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
Passing the Plate : A summary of research on the offerings of American Protestants.
Sermons, Pastoral Letters and Other Articles
Horizon of Hope : A Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014.
Playing by Ear : Annual Pastoral Letter to the Congregation at Sts. Peter and Paul preached on the Third Sunday after the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 26th, 2014.
Knowing You is Loving You : A sermon preached at Riverside Presbyterian Church on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 19th, 2014 in observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The End of the World as We Know It : A Sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord, March 31st, 2013.
Merciful Judgment : A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 10th, 2013.
Of Foxes and Hens : A Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, February 24th, 2013.
Shipwrecked : A Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent in the aftermath of the Newtown Massacre.
The Road : A Sermon for Reformation Sunday, October 28th, with the Rite of Confirmation.
Limitless Love for Limited Lives : A Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 7th, 2012.
To Gehenna and Back : A Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 30th, 2012
Heartbreak Hill : A Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 16th, 2012.
What’s Eating You? : A Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 2nd, 2012.
“Grope Where the Word Is” : A Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 26th, 2012.
Easter Is Enough : A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 29th, 2012
When the End Isn’t : A Sermon for Easter Day, April 8th, 2012.
A Wounded Healer : A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 18th, 2012.
Not on Your Own : A Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 19th, 2012.
Listening to the Little : A Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 12th, 2012.
Out of Orbit : A Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 5th, 2012.
A Short Sermon for a Change : A Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 22nd, 2012.
The Enchanted One: A Sermon for Christmas Day 2011.
The Spittin’ Image : A Sermon for All Saints Sunday, November 6th, 2011.
Steppin’ Out : A Sermon for Reformation Sunday and the Rite of Confirmation, October 30th, 2011.
The Bride of Christ : A Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 9th, 2011.
The End of Envy : A Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 18th, 2011.
The Foolishness of Forgiveness : A Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Observance of the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th, 2001.
Wise Children : A Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 24th.
Successful Farming : A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 10th, 2011
Bound for Freedom : A Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost and the Fourth of July Weekend, July 3rd, 2011
“Small is Beautiful” : A Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 26th, 2011.
Trinity in Motion : A Sermon for Trinity Sunday, June 19th, 2011
A Tale of Two Miracles : A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, June 12th, 2011