Pastors

Pastor Walter Davidson


Pastor Walter Davidson was born on November 24, 1952, the youngest of three brothers, to Earl & Eleanora Davidson in Milwaukee, WI.   He was baptized at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and received his elementary schooling at St. Peter Lutheran School. His high school years were spent at Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown, WI. He stayed on the campus for his college years at Northwestern College graduating in 1974. He attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI and spent his vicar year at Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, MI. In May of 1978, he was assigned to Grace Lutheran Church in Oskaloosa, IA and Grace Lutheran Church in Newton, IA. He was ordained and installed into ministry on July 16, 1978.
 
Pastor Davidson served the dual parishes in Iowa until June 1981 when he accepted the call to Salem Lutheran Church in Loretto, MN, about 40 miles NW of Minneapolis. He served there until June 1995. He was installed on August 13th as pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Schofield, WI. He celebrated his 25thanniversary in the ministry on July 20, 2003.
 
Beyond the parish duties, Pastor Davidson has also served as Circuit Pastor of the Crow River East Circuit of the MN District, Crow River conference chairman, the MN District CCFS District Commission, LWMS Hannah Circuit advisor, Board of Regents of West Lutheran High School, Crow River Conference S.S. Institute advisor, and on the Program Committee for the WI River Valley/Chippewa Falls joint conference. He currently serves on the Western WI District Worship Commission. 
 
On August, 14, 1976, Pastor Davidson married Judy Matkey in Milwaukee, WI. Their marriage has been blessed with 5 children: Mark {employed at WELS in Milwaukee}; Laura {Starwood Corporate Headquarters, Scottsdale, AZ}; Nathan {EastBay}; Amy {Nurse at the Wausau Surgery Center}; and Joel {Painter at Crystal Finishing Company, Weston).  There are also three grandchildren in their lives: Aubrey, Jalen, and Aaron.
 
His hobbies show a love for fishing, traveling, sports & especially the Packers and Badgers, and playing cards, especially Sheepshead ( 
trump).

 

Pastor Jeffrey Mahnke

Email: pastorm@stpeterschofield.org
Cell: 715-297-0132

 
Though he was born in Minnesota, Pastor Mahnke grew up in southeastern Wisconsin. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1994 with a degree in theology. After serving for a year as an instructor at a Lutheran high school in Nebraska, he has since been a pastor at churches in Wisconsin (Medford, 1995-2001) and Florida (Clearwater, 2001-2008). He has been serving as the outreach pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church since January 2009. Early in 2011 his office was moved to Key to Life so that he could devote more of his time reaching out to the families. 
 
In addition to his duties at St Peter and Key to Life, Pastor Mahnke serves on the Wausau Area Hmong Ministry Board and on the Western Wisconsin District Mission Board.  He also serves as a parish consultant for our Synod’s Commission on Congregational Counseling. He’s happily married to Stacy and she serves the Lord as a lead infant teacher/caregiver at Key to Life.  God has blessed their marriage with three daughters: Brianna, Alissa and Cierra. In his spare time Pastor Mahnke enjoys working out and playing sports (his favorites are tennis and fast pitch softball). He also likes to hunt in the fall for deer with the crossbow and rifle. Since moving back to Wisconsin, Pastor and Stacy have taken up gardening as well.    
 
When asked what he enjoys the most about ministry and being connected to St Peter and Key to Life Childcare Center Pastor Mahnke responded, “I love the opportunities that God gives me to share with the children and their parents the great news that Jesus has taken all their sins away and that because of him our families will be together forever in the better life to come one day in heaven.  God is so good!” 
 
Pastor Mahnke’s office door is always open, and he can also be reached on his cell phone and email.