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Pastor Berger

Meet the Berger Family
Frederic Elmer Paul Berger was born to Frederic (pastor) and Ilene (registered nurse) on January 28th, 1984 in Council Bluffs, IA. He is the youngest and has three older sisters – Jenny (Pat) McCann, Jeannie (Jason) Schulz, and Kathy (Ryan) Wiechmann. In 1990, the Berger family moved to New London, WI. Pastor Berger attended Lutheran Elementary School at Emanuel Lutheran in New London and then went to Fox Valley Lutheran High School (FVL) in Appleton.

Stephanie Leigh Woldt was born to Timothy (manager of local newspaper) and Mary Sue (teacher) on December 14th, 1985 in Green Bay, WI. She is the youngest and has two older brothers – Derek (Jackie) Woldt and Jason Woldt. In 1987, the Woldt family moved to Appleton. Steph attended Lutheran Elementary School at St. Matthew’s Lutheran in Appleton and then went to high school at FVL as well.

At FVL, Pastor Berger was good friends with Jason Woldt and so became acquainted with Steph, his younger sister. After high school, Pastor Berger went to Martin Luther College and Steph went to Marquette University. Their time in the Milwaukee area overlapped when Steph was finishing nursing school at Marquette and Pastor Berger was attending Seminary. They were married on July 11 th, 2008, a few weeks before leaving for vicar year in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

After a great experience in Canada, they returned for Pastor Berger’s last year of Seminary. In 2010, Pastor Berger was assigned to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Livingston, MT. Hunter Shenandoah (a yellow lab) became part of their family shortly after the move to Livingston. She was good practice for when Grace Charlotte would be born on September 23rd, 2013. Pastor Berger is an avid hunter. He loves to hunt pheasants, quail, grouse, turkey, deer, elk, ducks, geese, squirrels, and rabbits, to name a few. He also enjoys fishing and sports – football, baseball, softball, golf, and pretty much anything else active. Steph also enjoys the great outdoors. You will be sure to see her and Grace going for strolls around town. Steph enjoys relaxing while reading a book over a good cup of coffee. Grace likes to swing, pull Hunter’s tail, and read books. Don’t be surprised if you see Grace practicing her latest hobby, climbing stairs.

The entire Berger family feels privileged to be here in Plymouth and is looking forward to getting to know the church family and being involved in the community. Many have wondered how they could leave the beautiful mountains of Montana. Although they love and miss their former church family which is dear to
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Most importantly, we thank our Almighty God who has brought us here to you. What a blessing it will be to weekly and daily worship Him with you as we marvel at His amazing love for us. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).

Thanking God for this privilege to be your pastor and share the “one thing needful,”

Pastor Fred Berger

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