Pastor Dave

Welcome to One Little Word. I am Dave Risendal, Pastor at Saint Peter Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Greenwood Village, Colorado — a suburb on the south-east edge of the Denver metropolitan area.

I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis / St. Paul. I graduated from Stillwater Senior High School in 1975, the University of Minnesota in 1980, and Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in 1984.

I was ordained by the Lutheran Church in America in 1984. I have previously served at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona (Assistant Pastor, 1984-1988) and at Esperanza Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona (Founding Pastor, 1988-1998). I have been at Saint Peter since September, 1998.

I live in Centennial, Colorado with my wife and two sons. When I'm not posting to www.OneLittleWord.org, I enjoy flyfishing, playing bluegrass music (I have played banjo with Credibility Gap, a Denver-area bluegrass group, since 2001), hiking and bicycling.