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Rev. Clint K. Poppe, son of the late Henry C. and Adeline J. (nee Kucera) was born on August 7, 1958, in West Point, Nebraska. He attended the University of South Dakota, Dana College, Northeast Community College, Concordia College, Seward, Midland Lutheran College and Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin, where he received his Lay Ministry Certification in 1988. In 1994, he entered Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in February of 1998. Pastor Poppe was ordained into the pastoral office on April 26, 1998, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Point, and was installed as pastor of Good Shepherd on May 3, 1998.
Rev. Poppe served two three-year terms as First Vice President of the Nebraska District and was a member of the Nebraska District Board of Directors (2003-2009). He has also served as vice-chairman and chairman of the Outreach and New Mission Commission of the Nebraska District, chairman of the District Nominations Committee, voting delegate to the 2001 Synodical Convention, and is the past Nebraska District Coordinator for the “Tell the Good News about Jesus,” a Synod-wide personal evangelism emphasis.
Rev. Poppe is an advisory member to the Board of Directors for the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society, USA. He has taught as a guest instructor in Haiti, and at Concordia University, Seward. Rev. Poppe married the former Barbara Pagels of West Point on May 13, 1978, at Grace Lutheran Church in West Point. They have been blessed with three sons, Adam, John and Clint Jr. (and grandsons Derek, 9; Jacob, 5; and Jaxson 10 months).
The Rev. Daniel L. Freeman son of Keith and Sharon Freeman was born in Corvallis, Oregon on December 21, 1972. He was reborn of water and the Spirit on January 21, 1973.
He was raised in Albany, Oregon where he graduated from West Albany High School in 1991. In 1995, He graduated with a B.A. in Theological Studies from Concordia College in Portland, Oregon. He attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (when it was on DeMun; before it moved to Seminary Place) where he graduated with an M.Div. in 1999.
He served as pastor of Grace and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran churches in Three Forks and Ennis, Montana from 1999-2002 and has served as pastor of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, U.A.C. in Chehalis, Washington from 2002 – present.
While attending Concordia College, he met his future wife, Dawn Iverson. They were married in Damascus, Oregon in March of 1997. The Lord has blessed (and, at times, befuddled) them with four children, Hannah, Rachel, Jonah, and Abigail.
Pastor Freeman enjoys both fishing and hunting and finds that catching and killing are not absolutely necessary for the enjoyment. (Many years, it’s a good thing he feels that way.)
The Rev. Bruce G. Ley graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, in 1994. Prior to entering the seminary (1990), he spent 17 years as an Electrical Engineer in a private electric power company. In 1993, he served as a delayed vicar at Christ Lutheran in Veneta, Oregon, where he was subsequently called as Pastor upon graduation from Concordia. In 1997 he received and accepted the call to Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran, Albany, Oregon, where he continues as Senior Pastor. He served as Superintendent of The Augustana Ministerium from 2008-2011.
Bart Goddard was born in Imperial, Nebraska and lived at various times in McCook, Holdrege, Ord, Wilcox and Kearney. After finishing high school in Imperial, he went to MIT to major in math. In 1989 he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has been a professor of mathematics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, at Texas A&M Commerce, Texas, at Concordia, Austin and is now lecturing at the University of Texas at Austin. He makes his own beer, roasts his own coffee beans, makes his own tortillas, smokes his own brisket and, at the age of 50, foolishly decided to learn to play the pipe organ. Five years later, though undaunted, he is still not an organist.
After 35 years of marriage, he remains convinced that his wife Susan still loves him. They have two children, both of whom have been quite stubborn over the issue of grandchildren. He doesn't know where he went wrong, but receives absolution weekly at Trinity Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, where "Page 15" will never go out of style.
Rev. Drew Newman is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kearney, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City). He is married to his wife of 45 years, Linda. They have two adult daughters. Pastor Newman, a 1985 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran since October of 1987. The position of Webmaster is not an elected, but an appointed position. The ACELC webmaster serves at the pleasure of the Board. Pastor Newman is one of the founding members of the ACELC, and his congregation has been a member since 2012.