THE REV. RODNEY Dietsche stands at the pulpit from which he’s preached for nearly 37 years.		   Ian Stepleton photo
THE REV. RODNEY Dietsche stands at the pulpit from which he’s preached for nearly 37 years. Ian Stepleton photo

     FOR NEARLY 37 YEARS, one thing hasn’t changed in Green Lake: the Rev. Rodney Dietsche has been behind the pulpit at Peace Lutheran Church.

     Whether sickness or snow, Dietsche has made his way to the front of the church every Sunday (minus the occasional vacation) to lead his flock.

     “The only time I missed for sickness was when I had a surgery,” he said.

     He certainly is one of the most tenured pastors, if not the top tenured pastor, in the area.

     Since 1982, Dietsche has shepherded congregants through countless weddings, funerals, joys and heartbreaks. And, of course, countless sermons.

     This weekend, however, he will give his last at 440 Lake St.

     On Sunday, Aug. 4, Dietsche will lead his final service at 9 a.m. before retiring.

     A presentation about his life will follow service at 10:30 a.m., with a retirement meal set for 11. It’s a chance to give friends, family and congregation members a chance to thank him for his service — and even learn a bit more about the man in their midst for so many years. ...

     To read the entire column, including Pastor Dietsche’s hope for his legacy (and the time a cat snuck into church), see the Aug. 1, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.