O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Pastor Installation


1st Row (standing on the floor, left to right) - Rev. Thomas Van Hemert - St. John Lutheran Church, Center Point, IA, Rev. Duane Jalas (retired?), Rev. Leon Rosenthal (retired), Rev. David Kuhfal - Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Des Moines, IA, Rev. Don Meyer - Zion Lutheran Church, Paullina, IA, Rev. Chad Dietrich - Immanuel Lutheran, Rockwell City, IA and Trinity Lutheran Church, Knierim, IA. 2nd Row (1st step, left to right) - District President Rev. Steve Turner, Rev. Brett Witmer - Bethel Lutheran Church, Sutherland IA. Back Row (left to right) - 2nd District VP Rev. Paul Egger - St. John Lutheran Church, Galva, IA, Rev. Don Erickson - St. John Lutheran Church, Germantown, IA, Rev. Luke Zimmerman, Calvary Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg, PA.

Bethel Lutheran Church of Sutherland installed a new Pastor Sunday, July 19, 2020. Pastor LeRoy Riemer served the congregation of Sutherland and the surrounding area for just under 49 years. Health forced his retirement in 2019 and he moved to Wisconsin.

The search for a new minister for the congregation began well before Pastor Riemer's departure, but finding a minister is a challenging task. But earlier 2020 a call was answered. Pastor Brett Witmer answered the call and today resides in Sutherland, Iowa and is taking up the gigantic challenge of filling the spiritual needs of the Bethel C...

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