About Pastor Oatman

Pastor Oatman, St. Peter's Lutheran ChurchI used to work in Silicon Valley. I was a Product Engineering Supervisor working with computer memories. The money was nice. The people were nice. We made good products. But something was lacking. There was a greed all around that was hollow and unfulfilling. The more people earned the more they needed to earn more. So many of them weren’t happy, not really.

Now I work with people who can see a whole world more than what we typically perceive. They see the Kingdom of God. They experience a peace that goes well beyond any other experience on earth. I use the phrase “Come for a visit; stay for a lifetime of God’s blessings.” I assure you that I will not be going back to work in Silicon Valley as an Engineer.

My background: I was born and raised in a Christian home. I came to faith and was Baptized at three weeks old. I grew up on the San Francisco peninsula going to San Mateo High School. I then went to Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE). After working in Silicon Valley for about 20 years I went to Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis Missouri. I was called to be pastor of St. Peter’s in 2002.