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.
Charles (pictured top right) was born in the country of Panama but later moved to Hillsboro, TX where Charles spent most of his life He graduated Concordia University Texas in 2018 and began his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Charles has two younger siblings, Grace and Diego. He is engaged to Christianna (pictured center) who is enrolled in her first year of deaconess studies at Concordia Theological Seminary. Their wedding is scheduled for October 2020.
Charles likes to hike and read, especially The Lord of the Rings when he gets a chance. He likes to watch movies as well. His favorite movies are The Lord of the Rings films.
Charles served as summer vicar of Higher Things and he is the 31st Vicar of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Redeemer sends our prayers and wishes Godspeed to our 2019-2020 Vicar: Jacob Stoltzman as he continues his education at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.