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New pastor installed at St. Paul’s PDF Print E-mail
By Shari Friedel
Tribune Staff
    Parishioners at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Venango welcomed Rev. Kurt Hatteberg to the pulpit Sunday, Jan. 11 with an installation service. Hatteberg’s assignment also includes sharing the gospel message at St. Paul’s in Amherst, Colo., where he and his wife reside.
    Hatteberg was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Waltham, Minn., area. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school and served four years of active duty, stationed in Tacoma, Wash., and a year in Korea. While in Washington, he met and married his wife, Suzan.
    He returned to farming in Minnesota, and through the hardships and celebrations he experienced in farming, came to appreciate that everything is a gift from God.
    When the church he grew up in experienced a three-year vacancy, Hatteberg was serving as an elected elder. After prayerful consideration, he decided it was time to serve God’s church in a direct capacity. In fall of 2000, he began his college preparation for entering the ministry and was eventually awarded a divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.
    Reverend Hatteberg’s family includes wife Suzan; daughter Theresa and husband Travis of Kasson, Minn., and their children Caleb and Cara; son Karl of St. Paul, Minn., engaged to be married to fiancée Katie in February; and son, Jared, a senior at the University of Evansville in Indiana.    
    Hatteberg is pleased to be serving the churches in Venango and Amherst, saying, “The Venango/Amherst and surrounding communities are a loving, caring people and I am blessed to be in their company.”