Reverend Michael Redeker
Pastor Michael “Mike” Redeker is the son of a retired pastor in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He was born in San Jose, California where his father started a mission church. They relocated to Sheboygan, Wisconsin when he and his twin sister were three years old in 1965. His Wife, Mary, was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They celebrated their 30th anniversary this past October (2016). Pastor and Mary have been blessed with seven children and one granddaughter.
Pastor Redeker earned his BBA in marketing from UW – Milwaukee in 1985. He worked for the Plough Corporation as a territory manager after graduation, and for Lutheran Brotherhood following Plough.
He entered the Concordia Seminary St. Louis in 1991. His vicarage was at Saint Paul Lutheran Church on the north-west side of Chicago. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in May 1995 with his Master of Divinity degree. He earned his Master of Sacred Theology in February 2016. The focus of his paper was the Flesh/Spirit conflict in Galatians 5. Rev. Dr. Jeff Gibbs was his advisor.
Pastor Redeker served a dual parish, St. Paul/Zion Lutheran in Bowler/Eland, Wisconsin, from July 1995 to August 1998. He then served Concordia Seminary St. Louis in the admissions department from August 1998 to December 2004. From January 2005 until July 2010 he served St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He was called back to the Seminary in July 2010 and served in various capacities until accepting the call to Messiah Lutheran in Grand Junction.
Reverend Joshua Schmidt
Pastor Josh Schmidt graduated from Concordia Seminary St Louis on May 18, 2018. He was Ordained at his father’s church in Erie, Pennsylvania on May 27, 2018 and installed at Messiah on June 3, 2018.
Pastor Schmidt grew up in the Midwest. He was born in Minnesota, moved to Wisconsin, and lived in Iowa through High School. From 2008-2012 he attended the Concordia University of Wisconsin in Mequon, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Pre-Seminary Studies. In the fall shortly after college graduation he moved to St. Louis to begin his seminary studies there.
While at seminary, he has been involved with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. This ministry has allowed him to serve in Montana, Utah, and Death Valley as a chaplain/church planter. Continuing church work, he served as a vicar in Clio, Michigan. Now he enjoys his time serving here in Grand Junction, preaching and teaching, starting a campus ministry at CMU as well as a young adult Bible study, and even hiking.
His father and mother now live in Erie, PA where his father is an LCMS pastor. His sister, who graduated with an art degree from Concordia St. Paul, lives in Milwaukee, WI. and his brother who graduated from the University of Valparaiso with a Computer Engineering Degree now serves at an Air Force base in Dayton, OH.
Preaching and teaching the truth to His expanding kingdom, reaching out to all!
Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS)