Paul Krause grew up on his parents' 10 acre hobby farm 5 miles east of Fond du Lac, WI. There his parents, Gordon and Rhoda (nee Lau) Krause raised him with his older sister Jeanette and younger brother Harry.
The family were members at Luther Memorial Church in Fond du Lac; it was there that Paul received his elementary school training from 1971-1980.
From the fall of 1980 to the spring of 1991 Paul attended Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary, in Eau Claire, WI, where he met his future wife Collette nee Sieg, whom he married in June 1991.
In the spring of 1991, candidate Paul Krause received his first call assignment to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hecla, SD, where he served until May 1996. During those years 3 children were born: Alyssa, Dwight, and Nathaniel.
Beginning that summer of 1996 Paul served the dual parish of St. John's Lutheran Church in Clarkston, WA, and Peace Lutheran Church in Orofino, ID. Two more children were born during that time: Rebecca and Stephen.
In September of 2008 Paul accepted the call to Faith Lutheran Church in Markesan, WI, where he served from November 2008 through June 2015.
He has served the dual parish here at Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown, SD, and Zion Lutheran Church, Hidewood Township, SD, since July, 2015.
Collette (Sieg) Krause was born to Alvin and Lavonne Sieg and was blessed to be 1 of 7 children in a large and happy family. Since her father was a parochial day school teacher, Collette had several moves as a young girl. One home was right here in Watertown where her father also taught at Trinity in the 1970s.
Collette had the blessing of Christian Education throughout her childhood with the unique specialness that her father taught her all 8 grades. She received her high school and college education from Immanuel Lutheran in Eau Claire, WI, graduating with an elementary education degree in 1986.
Collette taught in Spring, TX, and Coloma, MI, before marrying Paul Krause in June 1991. They have made their home in Hecla, SD, Clarkston, WA, Markesan, WI, and now Watertown, SD. Besides encouraging her husband as Pastor, Collette had the privilege for 14 years of homeschooling their 5 children with which they were blessed. She taught one year in Markesan, WI, and now has been teaching since 2015 at Trinity Lutheran School/Preschool