Meet the Pastor

Pastor Robert Portier

Robert Portier has been serving as Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church since August of 2007 after graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2006 and then serving for a year as Vicar at St. Paul.


Pastor Portier and his wife Gerda were married in 1983 and have been blessed with three now grown children and two grandchildren.

Robert was born in 1962 at the Charleston (South Carolina) Naval Hospital, the first of five children born to Elward and Mona Portier. After moving around the country during his father's Naval career, the family settled in Houma, Louisiana near his father's hometown of Chauvin. Robert graduated from Terrebonne High School in Houma in 1980.


After having served his country for 20 years as a Sonar Technician in the U.S. Navy, Robert retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 2000. While in the Navy, he earned his BBA in 1988 from National University in San Diego, California. Following his retirement from the Navy, he worked as a lay minister and custodian at Grace Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to Fort Wayne in 2002 to attend Concordia Theological Seminary. 

Upon graduation from Condordia in 2006, Robert and his family moved to Sevierville, Tennessee where he served as Vicar at St. Paul Lutheran Church. In August of 2007 he was ordained and installed as Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran where he continues to serve.