Pitts, Stephen

Stephen Pitts is a retired Covenant pastor having served churches in Nebraska and Minnesota. He received an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Portland Seminary, an M.Div. from North Park Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in Marriage and Family Ministries from Fuller Theological Seminary.

A Galileo moment: pastoral reflections on same-sex marriage (Spring/Summer 2021)

“What happens when a gay person falls in love?”

Remembering Dachau: PFC Norbert E. Johnson (Spring/Summer 2023)

On April 29, 1945, Dachau concentration camp was liberated by the 42nd Division of the US Army. Among the soldiers of the “Rainbow Division” as it was better known, was nineteen year old PFC Norbert E. Johnson of Gladstone, Michigan. Like other liberating troops, Private Johnson saw firsthand the thousands of dead bodies; many just lying around and others in box cars filled with the dead and dying. Some of the troops were so shaken and appalled by what they witnessed that they machine gunned some of the remaining Nazi guards (most had fled) before officers stopped them. The next day, Army officers insisted that nearby residents come into the camp to take responsibility for burying the bodies that were, in most cases, piled on top of each other. It was a hellish scene as the realities of the “final solution” were encountered.