All Biblical preaching must contain both Law and Gospel. The Law shows us our sin and our need for a Saviour. The Gospel shows us Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, who is our only Saviour from sin. Only those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour can be saved and enter into God's eternal paradise of heaven. Out of love and gratitude for Him who first loved us, we will live lives to God's glory by: 1) Gladly obeying what He commands, and 2) Giving him our heart-felt thanks and praise.
Pastor Dan is a native Nebraskan, born in Wakefield on December 14, 1954. He entered God's family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on February 13, 1955, baptized by his grandfather, The Rev. Dr. Martin A. W. Schroeder. He was then confirmed in his Christian faith on May 18, 1969. He grew up in Emerson and Lincoln, NE. In order to fulfill his pre-theological requisites for the seminary, he attended Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota, where he received his Associate of Arts Degree. He then attended Minnesota State University at Mankato where he received his Baccalaureate degree, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He then entered Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod where he received a Candidate of Theology (Masters of Divinity) degree. He was ordained into the holy ministry of the Lutheran Church August 28, 1988. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in July of 2010, and subsequently was awarded a life membership in the Epsilon Kappa Lambda Society for Academic Achievement. His doctoral dissertation on Holy Baptism can be found under the "Theology & Doctrine" tab on this website. During his ministry, he has served congregations in the following locations: Princeton, MN (vicar), several congregations in Australia, two congregations in metro Atlanta, GA, and currently Mighty Fortress in Seward, NE since May of 2004. In addition to his pastoral duties, he serves on the synod's Board of Trustees, and is the chairman of the synod's Comission on Doctrine and Church Relations (CDCR). He also served as the President of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Australia for several years.
Pastor Dan is a commissioned chaplain for the Lincoln Police and Lincoln Fire Rescue Departments, serving in this capacity since May of 1999. He was formerly employed by Lancaster County as a member of the Lancaster County Mental Health Board, retiring from this position in December of 2011.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
Thank you for visiting our congregation's website. It is our hope that through this small place on the internet, you will become better acquainted with our congregation and our ministry.
Our congregation is affiliated with the American Association of Lutheran Congregations, a full partner in ministry with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. For your information, we have outlined in specific detail exactly what our congregation believes, teaches, and confesses in our formal statement of faith; you'll find this in the "Doctrine and Theology" section on this website. Even though we have attempted to cover everything, there still may be areas where you might have specific questions that we did not address. Therefore, we invite you to Email, write, or telephone us with any further questions you might have. We will answer them in a timely manner, and might even include the topic in our "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" area (without giving your name, of course). We need your input so we can improve and refine our website to make it the best it can be.
As our congregation continues to grow and reach out to the community, we are reminded that the church doesn't belong to the pastor or any of the members. Rather, it is Christ's Church, bought with His blood, and for which He died. We are gathered together as a group of Christians, redeemed sinners who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, to give a living witness to Christ, and to live lives dedicated to His glory.
I also want to call attention to our latest addition. In December 2011, we began televising our regular Sunday services on Spectrum Cable channel 1302. If you live in the Lincoln Metro area (including Seward and Crete), and you have access to Spectrum Cable, then you can tune us in and see for yourself what we do every Sunday--and you can do it right from your easy chair! Our services are broadcast two times every week: Sunday afternoons at 4 pm, and Wednesday evenings at 9 pm.
However, we realized very quickly that not everybody who wants to watch our service can receive our TV broadcast, or the broadcast times don't coincide with everybody's schedule. To rectify this problem, we also video link our services on this website With this capability, you can watch the exact same video of our entire service that we broadcast on TV, right on your computer, anywhere you can get to an Internet connection, and whenever it suits you. You may also download the service for later viewing on your I-pod or other device.
Even with all the electronic media available, we cordially invite you to come and experience our congregation first-hand. And as you peruse our website, may you be edified and strengthened in your faith. We look forward to hearing from you, and we hope to see you in person soon for Worship, Bible Study, or fellowship. We trust that we can be the church home you've been looking for!