Rev. Joel N. Schroeder , Born in Chappell, NE, the son of the Rev. Dr. Norman & Bernetta Schroeder. Baptized at Gloria Dei Lutheran in LodgePole, NE Lived in Lodgepole until age 9. Confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Bennington. Graduated High School at Bennington, NE and undergraduate degree in Religion/Philosophy with minor in German from Midland Lutheran College. Attended seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Did internship at Leetonia, Ohio. Was ordained at St. John’s LC, Bennington in 1979. Served in three parishes: Salem, Stromsburg; St. Pauls, Grand Island, as Associate Pastor; and currently at Redeemer, Hooper. My wife (Nancy Brand Schroeder) and I were married in 1975 at Salem LC, Fontanelle, NE. Nancy brings a wealth of musical talent and experience into the picture. Nancy is also a life-long Lutheran and is passionate about passing on worship skills to the next generation along with solid Lutheran doctrine. We have three adult sons: Benjamin, Jacob and Seth (who married Kiley Cameron Schroeder). I am a trained Stephen Leader. Redeemer is currently pursuing beginning Stephen Ministry and will be open to letting this be a shared cluster ministry. Redeemer also currently has an Intern and we see our congregation as willing to promote multiple styles of parish leadership in partnership with other congregations. Redeemer’s administrative structure is also available as a resource to help coordinate ministries among the cluster. Pastor Joel’s experience on a large church staff might also be helpful for shaping a new vision of shared ministry especially as this might involve multiple leaders working together.
Nicki McIntyre, Pastor/Ed.D., Daughter of a farmer turned pastor (20 +years each), lost mother to cancer at 15, she was 38. Transplanted from small home town to a city of strangers. Love the farm and city…appreciate the best of both. Twenty-three years in a “ministry” for college students and staff at Midland Lutheran as a student life/services administrator. Called to ministry forever; “captured” 9/1/2003. Ordained 3/26/2006; completed 11 years of service to God and St. John Ridgeley/United Evangelical and former Immanuel, Snyder, Lutheran churches September 1, 2014. Rejoice at the abundance of grace God provides the world. Grieve the lack of understanding and use of grace by humans. Jesus Christ is the model, the Holy Spirit the engine, and I/we am/are a work(s) in progress. Blessed by one daughter, a gracious step-mother, 2 step brothers, special cousins, extended family, friends, colleagues, and church members beyond words. Love all creatures except reptiles and bugs. Raised to believe that Jesus Christ, grace, education and an open mind are keys to life. Time management is a mystery! Would like to more satisfy an insatiable curiosity and do more travel. Hope reigns eternal for a vacation that does not entail moving someone else’s boxes and belongings!
Bob Ball, Vicar. Bob was born in (1962) and raised in Illinois. While in high school, he entered a U.S. Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program that paved the way for his preferred place in the Navy as a military Hospital Corpsman. He served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman from 1980 to 1988. Bob left the Navy and returned home where he continued in the field of medicine as an Emergency Medical Technician. He also attended Paramedical School during that time. He moved to Nebraska in October 2001 as an employee of Medcor, Inc. and started working at Hormel Foods as the Medical Administrator. Bob and his wife Kim moved to Hooper in 2012 where they met Pastor Joel Schroeder and his wife, Nancy. Bob and the family started attending Redeemer Lutheran Church. As time went on Bob became much more involved in the church and he started with the PMA program.” The PMA (Pastoral Ministry Associate) program is one developed and administrated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In the meantime, there are many places he is serving his church and community. He serves with Faith Ambassadors, a Nebraska ELCA coalition. Bob is also commander of the Hooper Legion Post 18 and Vice-Commander of District 7. Bob also serves on the Hooper Volunteer Fire Department as an EMT. Our journey is forever changing and for those who believe as Bob believes, a journey certainly guided and blessed by God.