whowearePosition Title: Associate Pastor

Location: First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hastings, NE



-Dale Schultz, Call Committee Chair: 402-460-1137 (cell); dschultz1949@gmail.com
-Pastor Joel Remmers, Senior Pastor: 402-984-6866 (cell)
-Church Office: 402-463-1329

      First St Paul’s Lutheran Church is currently seeking a full-time associate pastor who will assist in worship leadership, pastoral care and either youth or educational ministry. Our church is located in Hastings, in south central Nebraska. First St. Paul’s has recently left the ELCA but has been the largest Lutheran church in the community for well over 100 years. Weekend worship attendance averages about 500, both traditional and contemporary in style. Salary will be commensurate with experience. A parsonage will be provided.

Our mission: “Together we are discovering, sharing and connecting people to the love and truth of Jesus Christ.”

Minimum Qualifications:
- 4 year college degree
– MDiv or the equivalent thereof from an accredited seminary
– Successful criminal history background check

a. Preaching and worship leadership
b. Children’s sermons in rotation with the other staff
c. Weddings and funerals as requested/scheduled
d. Pastoral care as needed
e. Visitation with shut-ins, hospitalized, etc.
f. Maintaining positive productive relationships with other church staff
g. Implement the use of technology and media to stay relevant with our youth

In addition to the responsibilities mentioned above the associate pastor will assume responsibilities in either youth ministries with senior high and college students or educational ministries with both the Sunday morning and Wednesday evening activities. Those responsibilities are listed below.

Additional Education duties:
a. Coordinate the Sunday School Program, preschool through 6th grade, including recruitment and training of teachers.
b. Be the staff liaison for the Wednesday evening planning team to help coordinate the educational units from preschool through 6th grade.
c. Administer Vacation Bible School, including recruitment and training of its staff and leaders.
d. Help to plan educational events/activities (from Bible studies to retreat ideas, etc).
e. Work with the children’s educational committee.


Additional Youth Ministry duties:
a. Supervise the youth program, including Wednesday evening and Sunday morning.
b. Coordinate youth retreats and/or mission trips.
c. Work with the youth committee.
d. Work with college ministry.


  1. Pr. Richard Barry Fritts

    I am writing to express interest in the open associate pastor position recently posted on the LCMC website for your First St Paul’s Lutheran Church. I have my MDiv from Luther Seminary and am currently listed on the LCMC roster as being available for call. I have served congregations as a full time pastor in both Pennsylvania and Montana. At present I am working at the Boeing company in the Seattle area. My wife Marney has completed her PhD in Systematics from Luther Seminary and teaches online courses for St Paul Lutheran Seminary. I am a native of the Seattle area. My wife grew up in Hillsboro, OR. We have two children: Zoe who is 4 and Zack who is 19 months. Please respond with any questions and/or instructions that the committee has regarding the call process.

    Email: rfritts001@luthersem.edu
    Phone: 425-572-6996

    May God bless your congregation during this time of discernment.
    Pr. Richard Barry Fritts

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