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Shari Schwedhelm,



My name is Shari Schwedhelm. My husband Alan and I married in August of 2013, and we live on an acreage outside Kennard. Together we have eight children ranging in age from 13 to 26. The three girls living at home are 13, 14, and 18. In January I also gained the title Grandma! Our busy family owns horses, gardens, rodeos, hunts, fishes, and lives the American dream, Nebraska style.

I first sensed that I was called to be a leader in ministry while working as a camp counselor in 1990, but I have taken a long and winding path though several careers and a 25-year detour to bring me to this place in time, where I am at long last answering that call. Prior to entering seminary, I owned and directed a child care center, worked in a variety of roles for Omaha Public Schools, and served as the Director of Faith Formation for Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, NE. I have spent the last 20 months serving as the intern and interim pastor for two rural congregations in Western Iowa. I completed my Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in December of 2017.

My faith has always been guided by a deep understanding that God is truly present with me in every situation. I believe that despite evil and darkness in the world, God works through each of us to bring about good. This confidence has been my comfort in times of trouble and my peace when the future is unclear.


I am humbled and honored to walk with you through this season of transition. I hope and pray that our time together is joy-filled and transformational, and that we will form relationships that continue far into the future. Thank you so much for inviting me, and for the grace to continue growing in faith here.


To God be the Glory,

Vicar Shari Schwedhelm, MDiv.

Administrative Assistant

Verna Kimball

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My name is Verna Kimball, I am 56 years old.  I was born and raised in Fremont, Ne.  I am a member of First Lutheran Church.  I was married for 27 years to Patrick Kimball (now deceased).  I have a daughter, Amanda, that is 25 years old who is now attending Metropolitan Community College and will be graduating in the fall of 2016.  I have a grandson Kolby that is 7 years old who keeps me busy going to all his activities with school and sporting events.  I like getting together and spending time with family and friends playing cards and enjoying the outdoors.

Coordinator of Music and Worship

Jeff Hoffman

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Jeff Hoffman is a native of West Point, Nebraska, where he served as organist at Grace Lutheran and St. Paul Lutheran churches. He attended Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska and served First Baptist Church as organist. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln studying organ performance.


Jeff has served as Director of Music at Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont, on the staff of First Lutheran Church in Fremont directing the Bell Choir and worship ensembles, and as an accompanist for the Fremont Public Schools. Mr. Hoffman also served as Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont, the Archdiocese of Omaha as an organist at St. Cecilia Cathedral and Accompanist and Administrator for the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir. Jeff served as Executive Director for John C. Fremont Days for ten years and is currently Director of Music at Salem Lutheran Church and St. James’ Episcopal Church’s Academy for Sacred Art and Music.


He has served in leadership positions on the board of directors of the Omaha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Friends of Keene Memorial Library, Fremont Area Art Association Board, Jefferson House Advisory Board, and active in the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Membership and Professional Development Councils and chair of their Youth Leadership Academy. 


Little Saints Director

Lily Bowman

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I'm the Director at Salem Little Saints! I graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I've worked in child care centers since May 2007 and have previously been the Assistant Director at Salem Little Saints. I'm originally from Hayes Center, NE and now live in Fremont. I loves being outdoors and spending time with my family and friends!

Assist. Director

Sarah Pehrson


Hello!  I'm the Assistand Director here at Salem Little Saints.  I have worked here since 2012, starting as a teacher aid.  I live here in Fremont with my husband, Jacob, and our dog.  We enjoy spending time outdoors and going to musical concerts.  It has been a treat seeing all of the positive changes here at the center and am excited for more years to come!  

Children's Ministry Director

Sandy Terry

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Sandy Terry is a fourth generation member of Salem Lutheran Church.  She and her husband have two grown children.  Sandy retired from the Fremont Public Schools in 2010; served 2 ½ years as Director of Christian Education at First Lutheran Church in Blair and is currently the part-time Receptionist for the Nebraska Synod ELCA.

Sandy received her undergraduate degree from College of Saint Mary in Omaha and her certification as a Parish Ministry Associate through the Nebraska Synod in 2008.

Sandy enjoys leading the children of Salem in their spiritual journey through Bible story and activities.  She is excited to be back volunteering as Director of Children’s Ministry in her home congregation.

Adult Choir Director

Rosie Parde

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Rosie and her husband Les have been members of Salem Lutheran twice.  First from 1972-1977, and then again from 1982 to current date.  She began her work at Salem by working initially with the Children's Choir which later expanded to the addition of the Adult Choir.  She has also been a member of the praise teams since blended services have been a part of Salem's ministry.  Rosie taught vocal music in public schools having retired in the Spring of 2012.   Education includes degrees from Dana College and UNL in Music Education.  She has also taken various continuing education courses from the University of Northern Colorado and the Vandercook School of Music in Chicago, IL.  Rosie and Les have three grown children, all of whom now have families of their own.  The grandchildren have been blessings to both parents and grandparents.

Ministry through music is powerful.  Singing religious songs is just one of the ways that people worship.  For many, it is the message through song that their own lives are touched in very meaningful ways.  Music is such a powerful means of worship in and of itself.   Music has a way of connecting to individuals in a way that often cannot even be explained, but seems to touch the very heart of each person in very special ways.

Salem is always looking for more people who love to sing to the glory of God.  Our adult choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings.  We welcome any new members who love to sing for the glory of God.  We would love to see the choir expand with having more members.  Rehearsals are fun at the same time of being very productive.

Rosie also serves in the capacity of sharing music with the Sparks program during the school year, teaching and having the children perform music with the congregation at least once a month. 

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