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Rev. Steve Schmeling ext. 106
… is Steve Schmeling. His wife is Paula (Hackbarth). They have three children: Andrea, Ryan, and Erin.
Your new Pastor
Pastor Schmeling was born to Pastor Arlyn and Evelyn Schmeling.in Two Rivers, WI. They are now retired in Sun City, AZ, having served mainly in home missions and evangelism. Paula was born to George and Marilyn Hackbarth in Watertown, WI, where her parents are also both still living. Her father is retired from the military.
Pastor and Paula met at and attended Luther Prep in Watertown, WI. Pastor went on to college and seminary, and Paula went on to receive a finance degree. She has been a piano teacher and office manager.
They were married in 1984 and began ministry in 1987 near Redwood Falls, MN. He subsequently served three congregations in Waterloo, WI, Menomonie, WI and Toledo, Oh.
Andrea married Jeff Dolan and is living in Manitowoc, WI. Both graduated from Martin Luther College. Jeff teaches at Manitowoc Lutheran. Andrea works from home and watches their 3 boys!
Ryan is married to Kim Matthies and is living in Tacoma, WA. Both graduated from Martin Luther College. Ryan is now the Mission Advancement Director at Evergreen Lutheran High School and Kim is a flight attendant.
Erin is married to Ryan Bohl. She graduated from Martin Luther College and is Assistant Director at Crossroads in Hugo, a teacher at St. Croix Middle School and is coaching basketball at St. Croix Lutheran High School, West St. Paul. Ryan works in finance.
Both Pastor and Paula enjoy sporting events and music. Pastor also dabbles in golf, fishing, hunting, cards, and camp fires. Paula also enjoys board games and garage saling.
Pastor & Paula are looking for a home and meanwhile stay in their daughter’s basement 10760 Hummingbird St NW in Coon Rapids. Their belongings are currently in PODS storage units.
Pastor and Paula are so looking forward to meeting everyone at Pilgrim and carrying out ministry together!