Senior Minister since 2004 ~ Keith Haemmelmann
It has truly been an experience of joy and satisfaction to serve as the Senior Minister at Pass-A-Grille Beach United Church of Christ, these past fifteen years. I have found this congregation to be composed of people who genuinely care for others. It is a place where what you do in the world, bows to who you are as someone created in the image of God. I love their commitment to mission and outreach and their willingness to respond, whether the need is local or in some other part of the world. Likewise, I enjoy the conversations shared as visitors, as well as members, come not just from the United States, but many countries about the world. it is a blessing to partner with the people of Pass-A-Grille Beach UCC as they work to improve themselves and better our world..
Keith holds a Bachelors degree from Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington; a Master of Divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School, Boston, Massachusetts; and a Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological School, Chicago, Illinois. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he has led seminars and taught courses on “Preaching” and “Transformational Leadership”. He is the author of numerous articles on “Sacred Space: “How Where We Worship Shapes What We Believe”, and a book published by Pilgrim Press, “Growing Older, Thinking Younger: Ministry to Boomers.”
Keith is a forward thinker with a profound commitment to the mission of the local church and its active involvement in the community and world. He is a strong believer in the educational ministry of the church, believing that spiritual growth comes through our “head” as well as our “heart”, often stating, “These are challenging and complex times, requiring that we love our God fully, not just with our hearts and souls, but also our minds.” In light of this, Keith works dilengetly to make every Sunday personal and relevant, challenging and inspiring.
In his spare time, Keith loves to read books of all kinds, but particularly in regard to history. He is an avid fan of college football, especially the Nebraka Cornhusters! His most recent joy has been the addition of two granddaughters to the family, who he loves spending time with.