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

Administrative Assistant

Verna Kimball

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Hello! I am the Administrative Assistant at Salem Lutheran Church.  I was born and raised in Fremont, Ne.  I am a member of First Lutheran Church.  I have a daughter Amanda that is a Housing Coordinator at Life House and a grandson Kolby that keeps me very 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.

Little Saints Director

Lily Bowman


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 love being outdoors and spending time with my family and friends!

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.

  September 2022  
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