Pastor Tapani Simojoki was ordained and installed as the pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in March 2010. He had been serving the congregation as a curate since the previous September.
Pastor Tapani was born in Finland as the second of six children in a Lutheran pastor’s family. When he was in his mid-teens, the family moved to Kenya where his parents went to work as missionaries. Therefore, he finished his schooling in English, following a British curriculum. As a result, he ended up coming to the UK for his university studies — and never left. Having gained a degree in Theology and a teaching qualification, Tapani worked as a teacher of Religious Studies for a number of years in the Midlands and in East Anglia.
Tapani is married to Sarah. They have four children. His hobbies include playing and listening to music, reading history and sailing.