Pastor Ron Brauer retires from St. John’s Lutheran Church

“7-7-2020” was the retirement goal that Pastor Ron Brauer announced to members of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School—Missouri Synod—here in La Porte, Indiana.

It’s a goal that’s been reached, he said, as he announces his retirement to the rest of the community.

Pastor Brauer concludes his full-time ministry after coming to La Porte 16 years ago. At the time he served as associate pastor with Senior Pastor David Young. After Pastor Young accepted a call to Pennsylvania, Pastor Brauer was sole pastor until the Rev. Dr. Aaron Kretzschmar came in 2011. In 2017, Pastor Kretzschmar accepted a call to Alabama, leaving Pastor Brauer to serve as sole pastor.

In that same year, the Rev. Dr. Kendall Schaeffer came to St. John’s and soon was called to serve as assistant pastor.

“How can I help?” was the first thing he said in response to learning that Pastor Brauer would be serving as sole pastor. “The answer was given, plans were made, and the joy of ministry for both Pastor Schaeffer and for me welled up to serve the members of St. John’s,” he said.

Rev. Brauer grew up in Illinois and, after graduating from Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University Chicago) in River Forest, Ill., he taught in various Lutheran elementary schools in the Midwest for 11 years. Setting teaching aside, he became a wastewater laboratory technician for 10 years, in addition to working part-time at funeral home. He also continued to serve the church as organist, choir director, Vacation Bible School superintendent, and a host of other things.

It was in 1998 that he would move his wife Sandra, and children Michelle and David to Fort Wayne, Ind.  to attend Concordia Theological Seminary.

Pastor Brauer served his vicarage and was ordained and installed as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chariton, Ia. on July 7, 2002. Two years later, he accepted the call to serve here in La Porte.

In addition to serving the needs of the congregation, Pastor Brauer said he had a special place in his heart for the “senior” members of St. John’s, as well as the students of St. John’s Lutheran School. He routinely taught the religion classes for the 7th and 8th grade classes, and would occasionally make “guest appearances” in the other classes, he said.

His interests in retirement will continue in the areas of biblical studies and Bible study, visitation to the shut-ins, conducting funerals, and providing pulpit supply for vacationing pastors. He said his hobbies of stamp collecting, postmark collecting, woodworking, photography, and Legos will keep him busy “and off the streets at night as well as keeping my name out of the police reports!”

3 Responses to “Pastor Ron Brauer retires from St. John’s Lutheran Church”

  1. WWJD

    Jul 10. 2020

    What a wonderful,dedicated man.we will miss him.

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  2. Nicole Thode

    Jul 10. 2020

    Pastor Brauer,
    I hope you enjoy your retirement to its fullest. Thank you for all you have done for me in the past. Thank you for being you. I hope I will be able to “catch up” with you when I return for a visit.

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    • Rev. Ron Brauer

      Jul 11. 2020

      Thanks, Nicole. Hope everything is going well with you. Be blessed!

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