Pastor Paul Carlson has been a heavy collision technician, ranch hand and served for nearly six years of active duty in the United States Air Force. He calls himself a second career pastor, and he’s been preaching since 2001.
Pastor Carlson is the first full-time pastor St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Provo has had in five years. Beginning just prior to Christmas, he began preaching a Sunday sermon at 9 a.m. and then Bible study, after which he drives 125 miles to his second church, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Richfield. They are also happy to have a full-time pastor; it’s been many more than five years for the Richfield church. After his 3 p.m. service, Pastor Carlson heads a Bible study and stays overnight in Richfield and is in the office for Monday. He then drives home to Payson for the rest of the week.