Shari Schwedhelm


Shari Schwedhelm



I am Pastor 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 15 to 28. The two girls living at home are now in high school. I am also Grandma to an adorable toddler! 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 through 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 served here at Salem since July of 2018 and was called here to serve as the pastor of this congregation as well as St. Timothy Lutheran in March of 2019.


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 hope and pray that our time together is joy-filled and transformational and that we will form relationships that continue far into the future. I see God at work here. I see God in the many unique ways these two churches work together, and through their deep commitment to love and serve God and their neighbor. Thank you so much for the grace to continue growing in faith here.


To God be the Glory,

Pastor Shari Schwedhelm

  September 2022  
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