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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Pastor Hellmann serves at St. John's

  • Pastor Robert Hellmann has been called to serve the needs of the congregation at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.
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  • Pastor Robert Hellmann has been called to serve the needs of the congregation at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.
    Pastor Hellmann has been the vacancy pastor since the end of August when former pastor Kevin Draper left to pursue other opportunities. Pastor Hellmann will remain in place serving as pastor until a permanent pastor answers the call.
    "It has been very enjoyable being able to serve in this way," Pastor Hellmann said. "I enjoy being with people, helping them in their spiritual needs and walking with them through the struggles of life." 
    In addition to preaching the Sunday service, Pastor Hellmann said he visits residents at Sleepy Eye Care Center, in addition to providing a sermon there on a rotational basis and teaching catechism class at St. John's Lutheran School.
    "It has all been very fulfilling," he added.
    Pastor Hellmann retired in July, 2012, after serving two congregations at a church in Montrose for the past 29 years. Before that he was the pastor at a church in Olivia for 10 years.
    Robert and his wife, Susan, moved to New Ulm in July. Originally from Peshtigo, Wisc. (north of Green Bay) his father was originally from the New Ulm area and both were familiar with the area when they decided to retire in New Ulm.
    Robert went to college to study for the ministry at Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisc. He attended four years of seminary school in Mequon, Wisc., and his first call to serve was in San Diego, Calif.
    In retirement, Pastor Hellmann said he has enjoyed being a vacancy pastor. Before coming to St. John's he served as a vacancy pastor at a church in Fairmont for several months.
    The couple has two daughters and one granddaughter.
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