Our Pastor
Pastor Rodewald grew up in south-central Minnesota and attended a large Lutheran Elementary School in New Ulm, MN.  He attended Martin Luther Academy in New Ulm for his first two years of high school and when his church body decided to move the school to Prairie du Chien, WI, he moved along and graduated in 1981.  He then attended our pastor training college (Northwestern College) that was located in Watertown, WI.  This college would be combined in 1996 with our teaching training college in New Ulm, MN, and be called Martin Luther College, which is our current college of ministry.  Following four years at NWC, Pastor Rodewald continued four more years of study at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, graduating in 1989.
Pastor Rodewald spent his vicar (intern) year at St. Mark in Green Bay, WI, and at the end of that year (1988) he and Karen were married in Prairie du Chien, WI.  During his final year at the Seminary, Karen taught preschool at a nearby Lutheran Elementary School, as Pastor finished his preparation for pastor ministry.  In May of 1989 they moved to Saginaw, MI, where pastor had been assigned as a tutor at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, one of our WELS ministry preparatory high schools.  (A tutor is like a campus pastor.)  After two and a half years (he filled in for a time as the acting Dean of Students), Pastor accepted a call to a large congregation in Tomah, WI, where he served from 1991-1996.  He then accepted a call back to Michigan Lutheran Seminary as the Dean of Students and served in that position from 1996-2004.  In January of 2004, Pastor Rodewald accepted the call to serve here at Abiding Peace Lutheran Church.
Pastor Rodewald and his wife Karen have been married for 30 years and have been blessed with three sons.  Lucas teaches English, Art, and coaches volleyball at Great Plains Lutheran High School, Watertown, SD. Daniel is at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary for his senior year before entering public ministry. Joseph is a Senior at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN and is studying to be a teacher.

The Rodewald's enjoy sports and movies, as well as exploring the rapidly growing Greenville Area.

Read the most recent Pastor's Update.

Our Vicar

Caleb Schaewe is serving as a vicar* this year. He grew  up in Bay City, Michigan. Caleb attended St. John’s from preschool all the way through 8th grade. He then attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary for high school. There he was involved in baseball, the Concert Choir, plays and musicals, student council, and intramurals. He graduated from MLS in 2013, went straight to Martin Luther College, graduated from there in 2017, and continued on to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He is married to Miriam Schaewe who is serving as our K4 preschool teacher this year. Caleb’s hobbies include bowling, baseball, attending sports events, watching movies, getting together with others, outdoor/backyard games, and reading.

*A vicar is a candidate for ordained pastoral ministry, serving in an internship in the third year of seminary training. At the end of the year of vicarage, the candidate returns to seminary and completes a final year of studies. After being issued a call or assignment, the candidate is ordained as a pastor in the ministry of Word and Sacrament.