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 and their son Judah. He hopes to enjoy a long, fruitful ministry serving the people of God at Redeemer and in the surrounding communities.
Jacob was born and raised in Gurnee, a town north of Chicago along the border of Illinois and Wisconsin, locally famous for its large outlet mall and a Six Flags. His parents, Monte and Nancy, met each other at the Royal Air Force base in Brawdy, Wales before moving to Gurnee in the early 80s. He has one older sister, Sabrina, who is married with two children.
Jacob was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church, where he has been a member his entire life. He graduated from high school in 2010, and initially pursued a degree in Biology. However, after several years he felt called to serve the Lord in the church, and began attending Concordia University Wisconsin to study in preparation for seminary. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Seminary Studies, and began attending Concordia Theological Seminary that same year.
In his spare time, Jacob likes to read books, his favorite genres being Fantasy and Science Fiction. Some of his favorite authors are J. R. R. Tolkien, Frank Herbert, and Ray Bradbury. He also enjoys studying the Japanese language, a skill he hopes to make use of as a missionary in the future.
Jacob is the 30th Vicar of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Redeemer sends our prayers and wishes Godspeed to our 2018-2019 Vicar: Michael Bekx as he continues his education at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.
Redeemer congregation also sends our prayers, and wishes Godspeed to our 2017-2018 Vicar: Rev. Steven Braun as he prepares for deployment to the mission field in Germany, assisting German congregations with outreach to refugees and immigrants from the Middle East.
Redeemer congregation also sends our prayers, and wishes Godspeed to our 2016-2017 Vicar: Rev. Wade Bellesbach as he continues his education at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, pursuing a M.Litt. (Masters) in Theology and the Arts.