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Rev. Paul E. Gramit

Rev. Paul Edward Gramit, the firstborn son of Norman and Irene Gramit, is a native of Norridge, Illinois (near Chicago's O'Hare Airport) and is a lifelong Missouri Synod (LCMS) Lutheran. Born July 20, 1965, he was baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost on August 29, 1965 at the family congregation, Jefferson Park Lutheran Church of Chicago. In October 1967, the family transferred its membership to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Norwood Park, Illinois near their home. His sole sibling, brother Andrew, was born in May 1969.

St. Paul Lutheran Church was foundational in the life of the future pastor, who took his vows of confirmation in April 1979, served on the congregation's Board of Trustees 1988-1992, and as an elder of the congregation January 1993 until his departure for Concordia Theological Seminary of Fort Wayne, Indiana in early September 1994. His time at St. Paul, just over 30 years, culminated with his ordination into the Office of the Holy Ministry on July 12, 1998.

Christian education was an essential part of his upbringing, beginning with Sunday school at St. Paul in 1968 and continuing at the congregation's parish school beginning with kindergarten in September 1970, following through to eighth grade graduation in June 1979. He is also a June 1983 graduate of the LCMS-affiliated Walther Lutheran High School of Melrose Park, Illinois and a November 1987 graduate of the synod's Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois (now Concordia University Chicago). The St. Paul through Walther years were supplemented by numerous Christian camp experiences at the LCMS's Walcamp in Kingston, Illinois, which he considers to also have been foundationally important in his formation.

Preceding his studies in Fort Wayne were 6 1/2 years as manager in charge of customer service teams at a busy, family-owned Chicago Italian bistro.

From July 1998 through July 2004, Pastor Gramit served at Hope Lutheran Church of Cedar Lake, Indiana. During this time, he also served as a member and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Luther East High School of Lansing, Illinois, as well as the Indiana District--LCMS in various capacities.

Pastor Gramit, then Vicar Paul, was united in marriage to Connie Ulmer at the vicarage congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church of Cole Camp, Missouri (in the Ozarks) on April 4, 1997. Her father was a retired LCMS pastor in the congregation and, after its resident pastor, one of his vicarage supervisors. Their family also includes daughter Lauren Rees and her husband Kyle of Greenville, North Carolina; son Dwight Haesler of Chicago; and daughter Jocelyn Gramit.

Pastor Gramit has served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Clinton, Massachusetts since September 12, 2004. He, Connie, and Jocelyn enjoy many aspects of life in New England, as well as the solid, orthodox, confessional Lutheran -- and friendly and welcoming! -- congregational family at Trinity.