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 Steven Braun
Steven was born in Texas in 1991; spending much of his childhood in the Lone Star State, but also many happy years in Wisconsin as well. He was originally born in Texarkana, and grew up in North Dallas for the majority of his childhood. His parents are Pastor Wayne Braun, who currently serves as a missionary in Frankfurt, Germany, and Linda Braun, who has spent many years teaching in Lutheran schools. He has two older brothers, one older sister, two nieces and four nephews. Steven’s home congregation is Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Flower Mound, Texas.
He graduated From Flower Mound High School in 2010, and attended Concordia University Wisconsin from 2010-2015, majoring in Lay Ministry and Theology with a specialization in Missions. While at Concordia Wisconsin Steven was involved in Youth Ministry, the Beautiful Feet Conference, a mission trip to Peru, and an internship with our German partner church in Weidershausen, Germany. After graduating he enrolled at seminary, spending his first year in Fort Wayne, and studying abroad in Cambridge, England for his second year.
Steven enjoys music, cooking, reading, and soccer. Although trained as a classical musician Steven enjoys a variety of music styles.
Redeemer congregation also sends our prayers, and wishes Godspeed to our 2016-2017 Vicar: Wade Bellesbach as he completes his course of study at Concordia Theological Seminary and awaits his call into the Holy Ministry.