Our Pastors

Although St. Matthew’s first official pastor wasn’t called and installed until 1874, three pastors from surrounding churches served the Lemont Lutheran community by conducting baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals. 
Rev. Gustav Adolph Barth (Visiting Pastor from First Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago, IL) – 1869-1872
    St. Matthew’s first recorded baptism was conducted in January 1870.
Rev. Herman W. Querl (Visiting Pastor from Trinity, Willow Springs (now Burr Ridge), IL) – June 1870-June 1874
    St. Matthew’s first recorded marriage ceremony was conducted in December 1871.
    St. Matthew’s first recorded funeral was conducted in March 1872.
    St. Matthew’s first recorded confirmation class was confirmed in April 1874.
Rev. Martin Sondhaus (Visiting Pastor from ?, ?, IL) – June 1872-January 1873
 
Rev. William Uffenbeck – August 1874-September 1886 (First Called Pastor at St. Matthew)
Rev. Karl Wilhelm Gerhardt Koch – September 1886-March 1889
Rev. Barthold Burfeind – May 1889-July 1895
Rev. August Schuessler (Vacancy Pastor) – 1895
Rev. H. Lochner (Vacancy Pastor) – 1895
Rev.  Adolf Theodor Pfotenhauer – August 1895-September 1906
Rev. Herman Grefe – September 1906-1910
Rev. Justus Herbert Rupprecht – December 1910-January 1917
Rev. Karl Fred Lohrmann – March 1917-May 1929
Rev. Walter Frederick Pieper – August 1929-1956
Rev. Gilbert Schaller – 1956-February 12, 1978
Rev. Erwin Baumgautner (Vacancy Pastor) – February-May, 1978
Rev. Walther Eissfeldt (Vacancy Pastor) – June-August, 1978
Rev. George Klima (Vacancy Pastor) – July-August, 1978 
Rev. Paul S. Schwartz – August 20, 1978-May 14, 2000
Rev. Paul M. Dobberstein (Interim Pastor) – July 23, 2000-June 30, 2002
Rev. Ronald M. Loesel – July 14, 2002-April 18, 2004
Rev. Peter A. Zadeik, Jr. (Interim Pastor) – May 9, 2004-June 5, 2005
Rev. Michael R. Gudgel – June 12, 2005-Present

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