Pastor Ralph Stuebs of Morenci’s Trinity Lutheran Church, WELS, will celebrate his 40th year in the ministry with a special worship service at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.
Pastor Jeff Bolwerk of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jenera, Ohio will serve as guest preacher and Pastor Robert Krueger of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio, is the scheduled guest liturgist.
The Trinity Choral ensemble and the Trinity Kids will perform selections in Pastor Stuebs’ honor. Friends and colleagues will also be invited to speak.
A meal, prepared by members of the church, will be served following the worship service.
Pastor Stuebs, and his twin brother Ron, were born Aug. 27, 1945, in Kewaunee, Wis. They are the oldest of 11 children.
Ralph was received into God’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sept. 9, 1945, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaunee.
He attended various schools throughout northeastern Wisconsin. His family finally settled near Newtonberg (Manitowoc) Wis. He was received into communicant membership at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newtonberg through the rite of confirmation on May 24, 1959.
Ralph graduated from Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis., in 1963. He graduated from Northwestern College in Watertown in 1967 and completed his ministry training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., in 1971. During his seminary training, he served as a vicar at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savanna and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll, Ill.
Pastor Stuebs has served in the following congregations: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belview, Minn., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Seaforth, Minn.; Immanuel Lutheran Church in Globe (Neilsville), Wis.; St. John’s Lutheran Church in Christie, Wis.; Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Urbana, Ill.; and Grace Lutheran Church in Kenton, Ohio.
Since moving to Morenci, Pastor Stuebs is a member of the Wauseon Lions Club and serves as a Little League umpire.
Pastor Stuebs has four children, Kent of Kenton, Ohio; Kevin (and Teresa) of Greenfield, Ohio; Kate of Findlay, Ohio; and Kyle (and Jenna) of Marysville, Ohio. He also has 12 grandchildren.