Trinity Lutheran welcomes new pastor 1.28

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Trinity Lutheran Church has a new pastor.ralph.stuebs.jpg

The Rev. Ralph O. Stuebs began serving the congregation this month. The Wisconsin native has been in the ministry for 37 years.

Rev. Stuebs was born in Kewaunee, Wis.,—one of 11 children—and grew up near Manitowoc. He is a graduate of the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon and completed his one-year vicarship in Savanna and Mt. Carroll, Ill.

During his career, he has served churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio. Morenci is his first Michigan church.

Rev. Stuebs is pleased with this year’s snowy weather. When the Green Bay Packers fan served in Ohio, the snow melted away too quickly.

“I’m really enjoying it here,” he said. “It’s a very friendly community.”

He has a preference for small towns and he’s hoping to enjoy his hobbies here: bowling, fishing, golfing and umpiring Little League ball games.

Rev. Stuebs is the father of four children and 12 grandchildren.

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