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New man on board at Rosemount UMC

Rosemount United Methodist Church members have had a whirlwind couple of weeks. They cried as they said goodbye to loved associate pastor Brooke Heerwald-Steiner in late July and smiled as they said hello her replacement, Paul Baudhuin, on Sunday.

Baudhuin was assigned to Rosemount after Heerwald Steiner was sent to White Bear Lake last month by Bishop Sally Dyck.

Baudhuin comes to Rosemount UMC from St. Croix Valley United Methodist Church where he has been the youth pastor for the past 5 years.

Excited to step out of his comfort zone Baudhuin will give his first sermon to an all ages crowd Sunday. He said his first sermon will be on a passage from Luke 13, the talks about the healing hand of Jesus.

Until then he's trying to get his bearings as the new man on campus.

"I feel like I'm being stretched, but it's a good thing," Baudhuin said on first day with the church.

Baudhuin said he found Jesus in high school and wondered what his place in ministry should be. After receiving a theater degree from the University of Minnesota, Baudhuin decided it was his calling to go into ministry.

"I feel like God has been pursuing me since I was a little kid," said Baudhuin.

He said a number of years back he had vision of himself with his father at church. His father didn't know what to do with him so he put him in a robe and had him hold the communion dish.

"I felt like (God) was saying this is what you're going to do with the rest of your life," said Baudhuin.

He started his career as a youth minister in Maple Grove. After eight years there he decided to get more formal training and started with the United Methodist Church. He ended up in St. Croix Valley, where he stayed in youth ministry for five more years.

Then about a month ago he learned that he would be moved to Rosemount to take over as associate pastor.

"I'm starting a whole new journey and it's exciting," said Baudhuin.

In his new role Baudhuin will have to connect with people of all ages. While it's a big job, Baudhuin said he has a good instruction manual.

"I'm passionate about teaching the Bible and very excited about helping people navigate their lives," said Baudhuin.

Baudhuin has been married to his wife, Betsy, for 13 years. The couple met when they both worked at Bruegger's Bagels. The couple has three children- a 7-year-old son name Sam and twin 5-year-old daughters, Abigail and Natalie.

Baudhuin loves the Minnesota Twins and said he tries to make it to games when possible. He's also a Vikings fan and loves to watch movies.

More than anything, though, Baudhuin said he has a deep passion for drawing people to God and hopes that he will be able to do that during his time at Rosemount United Methodist.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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