Rev. Eric Allan Kleinschmidt was installed as the Sole Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church on December 11, 2011. Previously Pastor Kleinschmidt had been called on April 24, 2007 to serve as Associate Pastor of the congregation and was installed on July 8, 2007 by the Rev. Arthur R. Burkman. He had also served as Redeemer’s 20th Vicar in 2005-2006. He was ordained on June 24th, 2007 by the Rev. Alden J. Beversdorf at St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill, Wisconsin.
Pastor Kleinschmidt was born and raised in Merrill Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and School where he attended until the eighth grade. He graduated Merrill Senior High School in 1999 where he was active in Mock Trial, Debate, and the Boy Scouts of America receiving his Eagle Scout Award in 1998. He also won the local VFW Voice of Democracy speech contest during his senior year. He then attended Concordia University Wisconsin graduating cum laude in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry. He enrolled at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne Indiana, graduating in 2007 with a Master of Divinity degree with a focus on Systematic Theology. During his time at the seminary, Pastor Kleinschmidt served as President of Concordia Toastmasters Club of Toastmasters International, and won the Systematic Theology Department award for his senior paper entitled “A Kantian Perspective on Postmodernity in Relation to the Lord’s Supper and Biblical Truth.”
Pastor Kleinschmidt lives in Dyer with his wife Meghan. He hopes to enjoy a long, fruitful ministry serving the people of God at Redeemer Lutheran Church and in the surrounding communities.
Vicar Wade Bellesbach
Wade was raised on a farm south of Eau Claire in Wisconsin. His parents are Mark and Linda Bellesbach and he has an older brother and a younger sister—Dillon and McKenzee. He attended school in Eau Claire and graduated from Memorial High School in 2010. Zion Lutheran Church in Eleva is his home congregation where he was baptized and confirmed.
Prior to his seminary studies, his undergraduate days were at Concordia University Wisconsin where he double majored in Pre-Seminary Studies and Theological Languages. While he was at Concordia he was a chapel sacristan, worked in the library, and was an assistant in the President’s Office. He graduated in 2014 and after which began his seminary studies that autumn. While at seminary he did his field work training at Clear Lake Lutheran Church in Fremont. He continued his second year of seminary studies at Westfield House in Cambridge, England.
Besides theology, he enjoys reading, music, the outdoors, and good company.
Redeemer congregation also sends our prayers, and wishes Godspeed to our 2015-2016 Vicar: David Weirauch and family as he completes his course of study at Concordia Theological Seminary and awaits his call into the Holy Ministry.