Reverend Gustave E. Bergemann
Our first resident pastor
Pastor Bergemann was born August 9, 1862, in Dodge County, Wisconsin. He grew up working on the family farm and could only attend English school in the winter. He continued his education and graduated from Northwestern College. He had completed two of the three year seminary program when, due to the shortage of pastors, he was called to the mission congregation of Trinity in South Bay City.
Candidate Bergemann was both ordained and installed by Pastor John Oehlert at Trinity on June 26, 1887. Reverend Bergemann’s ministry at Trinity was marked by tragedy, the death of his four-month-old son preceding his illness and the great fire which swept South Bay City.
While serving St. Paul in Tomah, Wisconsin, Pastor Bergemann was called to St. Peter’s congregation, Fond du Lac, in 1899. During his pastorate, he served as chairman of the seminary board, committee chairman for the Lithuanian mission, secretary of the Indian Mission commission, board member of Northwestern College, chairman of Synod Board of Trustees, and president of the Wisconsin Synod.
He was called to eternal rest with his Savior, May 13, 1954, after 67 years of ministry.
Reverend Bergemann’s favorite scripture passage was Psalm 93. He is quoted as saying, “Here then, we have the answer to every perplexing question, the solution of every troublesome difficulty: The Lord reigneth!”