Nancy M Raabe
Lutheran Pastor
Author, Composer

Madison, Wisconsin
November 2015
Nancy and Bill at the Award Ceremony of the Concordia Historical Institute
June 2018
Baptism at Holy Trinty
April 2018
Eucharist at Holy Trinity

God is Love, forgiveness free,
Undeserving though we be.
Three-in-One, for Thee we long:
Be our Poem, Prayer, and Song!

                                      (c) 2009, Nancy M Raabe


NANCY M RAABE  (b. 1954), has been the pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Marshall WI, since January 2018.

Nancy Raabe is an energetic and creative leader of Christian worship.  She specializes in incorporating music and the liturgical arts into worship services.  She is known as an empathetic servant leader, an effective preacher, and a thoughtful teacher for those of all ages.  Pastor Raabe has been successful in developing sound mission-based plans so that her congregations can grow and thrive in a sustainable manner.  Further, Nancy strives to involve her congregation in the activities of the surrounding community.

Pastor Raabe is an author, worship leader, and composer of church music.  Her piano, organ, vocal, choral works and books have been published by Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, MorningStar Music, Concordia, Hope Publishing, Lutheran University Press, and Northwestern.


Pastor Raabe's complete musical setting of a Christian funeral liturgy, Life Is Ours Eternallywas presented at the 2010 Valparaiso University Institute for Liturgical Studies (ILS).  Nancy's musical compositions for the baptism liturgy were featured at the 2018 ILS.


Nancy's original arrangement of I Dream A World was a finalist for first prize at the 2010 Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival.


Nancy M Raabe is available by commission to create musical works and texts for specific occasions and events.  Contact Nancy to discuss these opportunities with her.




In 1997, Bill and Nancy Raabe endowed an award to recognize excellence in compositions of sacred music.  The Raabe Prize is given biennially by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Bill and Nancy Raabe have commissioned about eighty hymn settings, concertatos, anthems, and other music for the church at large.  Here is a summary of those commissioned works.  Nancy discussed the commissioning project at the 2015 Good Shepherd Institute.




Nancy M Raabe is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Pomona College in music, and of Trinity Lutheran Seminary (OH) with two graduate degrees in theology.  Nancy completed the requirements for her ordination at Wartburg Theological Seminary (IA).  She also is a doctoral candidate in musicology at Brandeis University.


Nancy was the classical music critic for the Milwaukee Sentinel and for the Birmingham News.  Her articles also have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Music Guide, Opera News, Columbus Dispatch, and Playbill.  

Nancy M Raabe was the Communications chair of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  She was the founding editor of the Association's newsletter In Tempo, in which appeared her column Prarie View.  Her monthly column Faith and Culture appeared in the Beloit Daily News.

Nancy was the pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church, Beloit WI, in 2016 - 2018.  Previously, she served the ELCA as an Associate in Ministry at Luther Memorial Church, Madison WI, working in womens' and senior ministries, adult education, and spirituality.  Nancy also served as a music minister at several congregations in Ohio and Wisconsin.




Rev Nancy M Raabe lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Bill Raabe.  They have two adult children, daughter Margaret (Philadelphia), and son Martin (Minneapolis).


Raabes 2018
Dr William, Dr Margaret, Rev Nancy, and Martin Raabe
January 2018
Raabes at Nancy's Ordination
raabe family easter 1999
bill and nancy wedding 1989
April 2018
Rev Nancy M Raabe
Nancy Raabe, 2018
Installation of Rev Nancy M Raabe, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Marshall WI
January 2018
Clergy at Nancy's Ordination
Nancy Raabe at home, 2009