St. John Church welcomes new pastor

By the Lincoln Sentinel

The Rev. Benjamin Siebert will be installed as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church during a special service at 4 p.m., Sunday, a press release from the church said.

Following the service, hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Those attending the meal are asked to bring a side dish to share.

Siebert family

Rev. Benjamin Siebert and his family, Erica and Noah, have answered the call to serve as St. John Lutheran Church’s new pastor. (Courtesy photo)

Rev. Siebert, who was born in Midland, Mich., lived for a time in San Bernardino, Calif., before his family returned to Midland a few years later. After returning to his hometown, Siebert attended St. John’s Lutheran School and graduated from Midland High School.

Following graduation, Siebert attended Central Michigan University, majoring in political science, with an emphasis in international relations, and minoring in history. He received his bachelor’s degree in May 2001. After college, Siebert temporarily remodeled houses with his grandfather and uncle and also worked as a substitute teacher.

In September 2008, Siebert entered Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. Nearly two years later, in August 2010, he traveled to the Seminário Concórdia in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he studied for one year.

After returning to the United States, Siebert served as vicar at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., under the supervision of the Rev. Clint K. Poppe. He later received the call to serve the congregation at Peace Lutheran Church in Hastings, Neb. Having accepted the call, Rev. Siebert was ordained and installed on July 14, 2013.

Siebert and his wife, Erica, were married May 23, 2015, at Peace Lutheran Church, and later welcomed their first child, Noah, on March 7, 2016.

In his spare time, Siebert enjoys taking care of his son, gardening and watching the Detroit Tigers and the Michigan State Spartans.