Pastor Paul Schwartzkopf spent his lifetime serving others, beginning with his college years at Purdue University, then as a Peace Corps volunteer helping build bridges and culverts in Tanzania in the mid-1960s, then as a Lutheran minister. He began his ministry with the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, but early in his ministry the church experienced a major upheaval that resulted in the Missouri Synod splitting. He aligned himself with the more liberal faction, which took the name of Seminex in the early 1970s. That group eventually joined with two other Lutheran synods to create the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) in 1988. He finally retired from the ministry in 2017.