Pastor John Robert (Bob) Caranicas

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106 Osage Avenue, Bismarck, ND

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Pastor John Robert (Bob) Caranicas

Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries

Pastor Bob joined the staff of Good Shepherd in August 2013. He began his ministry life in 2001 as a member of a three-person youth ministry team at Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton and moved into seminary from there. He was ordained in that church and received his call to Prairie Rivers Parish in Wyndmere. Since 2011, Pastor Bob was the lead pastor in that four-point parish. “I thank God for calling me into such a dynamic ministry so far and I am excited for all that He continues to bring into my life,” Pastor Bob stated.

Pastor Bob has three daughters, all grown, and one son, in ninth grade. He and his wife Julie have been married for 27 years. They have a variety of pets, mostly acquired by their daughters. Pastor Bob enjoys riding motorcycle, hunting and fishing, and music of all kinds. “I am a fairly decent singer and am on a journey to teach myself some chords on the guitar. My calling seems to bring me in contact with lots of youth and we seem to get along well. I also feel very comfortable in a worship leadership setting,” Pastor Bob explained.