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St. John’s Lutheran Church recently recognized Pastor Daniel Kempin for his 25 years in ministry. He was ordained on July 7, 1996, as a pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. A celebration of his ministry was held between services on Sunday, July 11, with many of his family from Wisconsin and Illinois in attendance.
Kempin is the son of Judy and the late Alfred Kempin and was raised on a farm in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin before attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. During his four years at seminary, he earned a master's in divinity and a master's in sacred theology. He was also granted a “Preaching Excellence Award” for his ability to explain the Gospel message in simple, but meaningful language. His required year of “seminary vicarage” took him to Trinity Lutheran Church in Gillette, Wyoming, where he met his future bride, Karen Chance, who was working there as a director of Christian education (DCE). They were married on July 22, 1995, upon completion of his vicarage.