Our History

In February 1972, the Rev. Bruce E. Rudolf accepted the call to Redeemer, and stayed with the congregation for almost 13 years. During his pastorate at Redeemer, the congregation began a Youth Canteen in conjunction with the Sussex County Association for Retarded Citizens; began Redeemer Nursery School; was active in the resettlement of refugees from Southeast Asia: began a mission congregation in Blairstown, and initiated a building expansion program. Pastor Rudolf left Redeemer to accept a call to become pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Patchogue, N.Y.

The first pastor of the mission church at Blairstown, later called the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, was the Rev. Edward J. Grant, assistant pastor at Redeemer. Since then, Good Shepherd has been pastored by the Rev. Robert Klemm, a nephew of Herman Kleindienst Sr. Many members of Redeemer who lived in the Blairstown area transferred their membership to Good Shepherd when it was organized in 1977.

Miss Gloria Klawiter was installed as a deaconess of Redeemer in September 1982. Deaconess Gloria, as she was known in the congregation, served as youth minister. She left the staff in July 1987 but remained an active member or the congregation until October 1994, when she moved back to California.

The Reverend Lynn A. Podoll came to Redeemer June 15, 1985, from Purdue University, where he served as associate campus minister while pursuing post-graduate studies in theology and counseling.

Dennis Meyers joined the staff in September 1987 as Director of Christian Education and youth minister, and served in that position until.

In May l993, Redeemer dedicated an addition, the first major expansion of its facilities. The addition enclosed the loggia and contains the community center, called Redeemer Hall; redesigned office space, and a new office for the pastor.

At the end of 1993, Redeemer Lutheran Church had 512 members and about 120 children enrolled in the Sunday school, with a number of adults participating in adult education programs.

In June of 1998 Pastor Podoll left Redeemer to answer a call to Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Broadlands Illinois. After more than one and a half years without a pastor, the Rev. Thomas Diamond was installed as the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church on February 13, 2000.

After 10 years Pastor Diamond retired to North Carolina. In September 2010 the Reverend Brian Handrich was installed as Redeemer's new pastor.


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