Nancy M Raabe
Lutheran Pastor
Author, Composer

Philadelphia PA
November 2015
Nancy and Bill at the Award Ceremony of the Concordia Historical Institute
Honeymoon in Portugal
Margaret and Greg Van Horn
Cocoa Beach 2019
Martin Raabe, Bekah Engstrand

Pastor Nancy Raabe is on LinkedIn

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 Grace Lutheran Church Hatfield PA, since July 2021.

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 as 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.

Rev Nancy M 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.


Called Positions

Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Hatfield PA, 2021 - 

Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Marshall WI, 2018 - 2021

Pastor, Atonement Lutheran, Beloit, WI, 2016 - 2018

Associate in Ministry, Luther Memorial, Madison WI, 2014 - 2016

Pastor Raabe is the President-Elect of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. She also is designated as a chaplain for the Association's members, supporting and advising those who serve the church through its liturgies and music.

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.


In November 2015, Nancy Raabe received the Award of the Concordia Historical Institute recognizing the importance of her book, Carl Schalk:  A Life in Song, in carrying forward the legacy of the Lutheran Church in this country.

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


Rev Nancy M Raabe is available for speaking, writing, and guest-preaching engagements, and 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.  Bill discussed the project in the ALCM newsletter.




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 is active with the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  She was the founding editor of the Association's newsletter In Tempo, in which appeared her column Prairie View.  Her column Both Sides Now appears in In Tempo, and her monthly column Faith and Culture appeared in the Beloit Daily News. Pastor Raabe is a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Church Music.


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

In August 2018, Margaret Raabe married Greg Van Horn.

Service Folder Photo Photo ALCM there

In May 2020, Martin Raabe married Bekah Engstrand.


Raabe Family 2021
Raabes in Hatfield PA
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
NMR August 2021
Rev Nancy M Raabe
Grace Hatfield 2021 Easter
Easter at Grace Lutheran, Pastor Raabe's congregation in Hatfield PA
January 2018
Clergy at Nancy's Ordination
Rev Nancy, Dr Margaret, Martin, Greg, Bekah
At Martin and Bekah's Wedding Reception
Nancy Raabe at home, 2009