Pastor Michael Anderson
Pastor (begins on March 11, 2024)
Rev. Michael Anderson is an ELCA pastor of 18 years and has served congregations in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and the Greater Milwaukee Synod in both called and interim pastor roles. A graduate of Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Art degree in Communication and Spanish, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now, United Lutheran Seminary). His professional interests include contemplative spirituality and mysticism, liturgy and preaching, faith formation, congregational spiritual practices, congregational mission and leadership development, and writing.
A Wisconsin native, he enjoys cheering on the state’s professional and collegiate sports teams (the Brewers, Bucks, and Packers in particular), live music, travel, cooking, motorcycling, pursuing physical fitness (running, weightlifting, golf, hiking), and reading (especially the work of Jim Harrison, David James Duncan, Christopher Moore, and Christian Wiman). He and his wife Rebecca are moving to Brookfield from Milwaukee, WI with their cat, Junior.
Music Ministry Director
Brian Muller joined the staff of Prince of Peace in October 2021. Previously he had served as the Minister of Music and Organist at Zion Lutheran Church in Stamford for over 20 years with prior appointments in Norwalk and Rowayton.
He began his church career as a teenager, regularly leading music for worship in his home church of Faith Lutheran, New Port Richey, Florida. He went on to receive a B.S. in Music Education and church service at Concordia College, Bronxville, NY, where he studied organ under Dr. Richard Heschke and choral conducting under Ralph C. Schultz. Establishing a new home in Norwalk shortly after graduation, he returned to school and received his M.S. in Music Education at Western Connecticut State University, where he continued his choral training under Dr. Kevin Issacs.
A life-long Lutheran and active educator, conductor, and musician, he currently holds a post with New Canaan Country School as part of the Performing Arts Faculty as well as the Music Director of the Norwalk Community Chorale, reshaping and transforming its programs to meet the needs of the community, while striving for musical integrity and growth. He has held membership in the Connecticut Music Educator Association (CMEA), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He also served on the Connecticut Commission for the Arts as a music-choral panelist and as a music consultant for the New England Saengerbund Society.
Council members: Paul Adam, Linda Sutton Burns, Nancy Carlson (Assistant Vice President), Liz Davies (Assistant Vice President), Laura Duffy, Lorraine Lavery (President), Meegan Lepler, Meg McLoone (Secretary), Heather Pontonio, Priscilla Rivas (Treasurer), Donna Vitetta, and Monica Walsh