Estevan- St Peter's- Pastors

Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada

Names of Various Pastors that served in the SE Sask. area
Before the Congregation had an Official Church

Rev. S. Peterson- ca 1904

Rev. B. Wiebe

Rev. J. A. Stein

Rev. E. C. Schutt

Rev. A. Ulkus

Rev. R. Heineland

Rev. Aug. Stodt

K.J. Pritz

W. List

Pastor J. Stein

Pastor Messerli

Pastor C.F. Gottberd

Rev. Meyer

Pastors of St. Peter's Lutharan Church

The next set of names, marked with an asterisk * would be the “Official” Pastors of St Peter's.
Others filled in during various times as Vacancy Pastors, or Christian Educators:

*Rev. William A. Reitz- ca 1918- 1926
b- July 28, 1893-in Arcadia, Lapeer, Michigan, USA, d- May 23, 1969, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
son of Jacob S. Reitz, and Wilhelmina Rubel.
married Adele Maria Elenor Huth, July 12, 1921 in Milwaukee, WI, USA.
They had 4 children, all born in Estevan, and now all deceased.
He is shown in 1921 census, age 27, living with Rev. Krueger family in Estevan, (see below)
He immigrated Aug 30, 1918 at North Portal, from Arcadia, Michigan, USA to Estevan on the train.
1918-1921 he was serving the Oxbow St Peter's Lutheran Church Congregation in their homes, as well as serving in Estevan. I have typed letters he sent to my Gesell family, dated 1957, from Guttenberg Iowa, USA. Pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Guttenberg, 1952-1959. In Nov 1926, he left to become a full time Mission Secretary of the newly formed, Manitoba and Saskatchewan District.

Rev. Reitz and Confirmation class, 1922/23,
Outside Church #3, with First City Watertower, in background,
Tillie and Rose were daughters of Gus and Mae Gesell

Rev. Leopold (Leo) P. Krueger- ca 1918- Nov 4,1923
b- 1856, (shown age 65 in 1921), in Germany, d- Nov 4, 1923 in Estevan, Buried in Estevan City Cemetery.
He was from Wordsworth, May 1917,
He Retired and moved into Estevan in 1918.
He was living in Estevan at 617 First St. in 1921.
The Krueger Family, Immigrated to Canada, Dec 1, 1914, to Wordsworth SK, from Melrose MN, USA.
Wife- Helena “Helen” “Lena” Krueger, nee Hannemann,
b- June 1875, (age 46 in 1921), in Germany, d- 1953 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, USA
Married June 3, 1908 (Date?), Otter Tail Co., MN, USA

Daughter “Amelia” Emeline Theodora- b-1903, d-Mar 20, 1921, buried in Estevan City Cemetery
Daughter- Concordia L. Krueger, b- Oct 15, 1905 in Melrose, Stearns, MN, USA , d- 1985
son- Ewald William Krueger, b- Nov 23, 1906 in Melrose, Stearns, MN, USA, d- 1977
son- Leopold (Leo) F. Krueger, b- Dec 19, 1907 in Stearns, MN, USA , d- aft 1941
son- William Adelbert Krueger, b- July 22, 1911 in Melrose, Stearns, MN, USA, d- 1976
Living with the Krueger family in 1921, Rev Reitz, (see above)
His widow and son Leo were living in Fergus Falls MN in 1941.

Pastor Bill Kreuger and Gesell Family Sun Aug 30, year ?

*Rev. Karl Fredrick Eisele- 1926-1928
b- June 1, 1899, Hamilton, Ohio, USA , d- June 24, 1950 Indianapolis, Marion, IN, USA, age 51
Originally a Machinist in Indianapolis
son of Edward J. Eisele and Minnie K. Eisle, nee Humbach

Came to Emerson Manitoba, Sept 14, 1926, from Hamilton, Ohio, USA
They were heading to Lutheran Missionary board in Moose Jaw at that time.
Immigrated with his wife- Leona Dorothy Eisele, nee Moeller, b- 1900 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Daughter of Charles Moeller.
They had a son Karl Fredrick Eisele Jr., b- 1929 in Milan, Ripley, IN, USA.

*Rev. H. C. Wolters 1928-1929
He went to Cole Camp Missouri after Estevan, and stayed for 7 years there.
Feb 1937 he had arrived at Falls City Nebraska.
He was located in Luzerne, Iowa, in Sept 1945, preaching in German, until Nov 20, 1949.
Nov 20, 1949 to at least 1953, he was Pastor of St. Ansgar, Iowa, Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Buried in Holy Family Cemetery, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA.

Rev. Lutz 1929 and 1934-35
(Vacancy Pastor)

*Rev. R. Daniel Ludwig 1930-1934
(Pastor when Church #3 was dedicated)
In 1933 Services were all held in English,
prior to this they were all held in German.

*Rev. A. E. Koslowsky 1935-1939
Rev Koslowsky Officiated at my Mom and Dad's wedding in 1936, in the old Church at #1005 2nd St.

*Rev. L. S. Winter- 1939- 1945
He was in the play “The Man From Nowhere”

*Rev. K. J. Durdel - 1945-1947

*Rev. John C. Werschler- 1948-1954
b- July 4, 1906 Shellmouth, SK.
d- June 23, 1963, St. Benedict Hospital, Jerome, Jerome, Idaho, age 56
Buried June 27, 1963 in Yorkton Cemetery, Yorkton SK.
This was the Pastor that Baptized me, in the old Church on 2nd St
1941 in Wordsworth SK, 1944 in Beresina SK, 1946 in Churchbridge SK.
He was Pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Craig, Missouri in 1959
Father- Frederick Werschler, b- Austria, Mother- Marie Wirth, b- Austria.

(renovations took place in Church #3 at this time)

*Rev. L. A. Koehler- 1955-1959

Pastor Koehler and his wife 1991
In Dec 1955 the Parish numbered 255 Souls, and 175 Communicants.

Rev. J. Kemp
(Vacancy Pastor)

*Rev. Dr. Roy Kenneth Holm- 1960-1978
(May 4, 1936- Nov 25, 2005)
Rev Roy Holm and his wife Maxine, instrumental in building the new Church

Rev. Roy Holm was one of the best Ministers I have met, a real people person.
He died a few years ago, and is sadly missed.
(Pastor when Church #4 was dedicated)
He was the Pastor when I was confirmed
Pastor Holm became the District President

Vicar Robert (Bob) Wagner- May 1978- Dec 1978
He now serves as Pastor, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fair Haven, Michigan, USA.
He has been there for 24 years, since Feb.1985. Received a very nice email from him Feb 10, 2009

Pastor Beiderwieden- 1978
(Vacancy Pastor)

*Rev. Rudolf Zwingle- 1978- 1979
Came from Oklahoma to Estevan

*Rev. Ron. Meyr- 1980- 1986
(He Officiated at my Dad's Funeral)

Vicar B. Burt- 1985- 1986

*Rev. R. (Dale) Mohr- 1986-1989
(Introduced Stephen Ministry Series)

Pastor A. Harlos- 1989-1990
(Vacancy Pastor from Wolseley SK)

Pastor R. Simpson - 1989- 1990
(Vacancy Pastor from Grenfell)

Pastor K. Reisdorf - 1989-1990
(Taught Confirmation classes)
(He was from Frobisher)

*Rev. Gary Kuenzel- July 8,1990- 1995

Pastor Gary Kuenzel

Jo Ann Benson-
(Christian Education, Music, Youth group) 1991-1992

Ralph Arndt-

(Director of Christian Outreach)-Aug 1992- ?

*Rev. Dale Mohr- 1995- 2003

Involved in the design of the new addition, Construction started in Sept 2001

*Rev. Clair Denninger- 2004 -Sept 2007

He officiated at my Mother's funeral, His wife's name is Joan,
He is now Pastor at Pembroke-Grace, in the Ottawa Circuit

*Rev. Randy Kleemola- 2008 -

Sources- Some Names from “A Tale That Is Told” book, and other Church documents shown on this site,
Special Thanks to the Archivist, Lutheran Church - Canada, Central District, Mrs. Maxine Holm,
for copies of the 1957, and 1991 District History Book listings, plus her additions to bring them up to date.

My Main St. Peter's Home Page- Estevan St. Peter's Lutheran Church History
Pastors of St. Peters Lutheran Church
Church Dedication, 1964
50th Anniversary of St. Peter's, 1969
Mortgage Burning, 1978
75th Anniversary of St. Peter's, 1994
Women's Mission Circle History
My Memories of St Peter's
Memories of Rose Gesell, pre 1936

Pages Created Mar 2008, update 2010, and revised to this new format June 2017


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