Meet our Pastor
Pastor Dan Schneider was born in Madison, Wisconsin on September 29, 1955, and has one older brother, a younger brother and one sister.
Pastor Dan grew up in Madison and the Milwaukee area, where his father attended college, grad school and taught at Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Martin Luther High school. He attended 5 different elementary public and Lutheran grade schools and then Martin Luther High School, Greendale. There, he met his wife Jeri, a native of Milwaukee.
They were married on August 23, 1975, while students at Concordia Teachers’ College, River Forest, Illinois. Graduating in February of 1977 with teaching degrees, they moved to Fort Wayne, IN to attend Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He graduated in 1980 after serving a split vicarage in Flint, MI and Hamill, SD.
After graduation and ordination in 1980, Pastor Dan served for 7 years, at Immanuel, Auroraville, and Trinity, Borth, WI, for 3 years at Divine Savior, North Fond du Lac, WI, for 10 years as Pastor at St. John, Glendale, and then 20 years at Immanuel, Brookfield. Retiring from Immanuel, Brookfield in March of 2020, he accepted the current call to serve once more here, at St. John’s.
Pastor Dan has been privileged to serve in congregations with his wife, Jeri, who loved being a stay-at-home mom. She served as a substitute teacher in Fort Wayne, IN, Berlin, WI and North Fond du Lac, WI. She was an instructor for Head Start in Fond du Lac, WI. She taught 3rd grade for 9 years at St. John, Glendale and then 4th grade for 10 ½ years at Immanuel, Brookfield. She served as the admissions counselor for 7 years at Immanuel, Brookfield after leaving full-time classroom teaching. It has been Jeri’s joy and delight to provide child care for many of her nine grandchildren.
Pastor Dan and Jeri have been blessed with 4 children, Jessica, Joshua, Peter, and Matthew. All are married and they have 9 grandchildren. Their children and families live in Milwaukee, Berkeley, IL, Alexandria, Virginia, and Durham, NC
Pastor Dan has a heart for missions and ministry mentoring. He and Jeri have mentored new pastors and wives through the LCMS’s PALS program, and mentored a French-speaking Congolese man in pastoral training through the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and a layman in pastoral training through the Specialized Pastoral Ministry of the LCMS. He has been to Uganda 4 times for mission trips, preaching, teaching, dedicating churches and a school, and sharing in the life of the Lutheran Church Uganda over the past 17 years.
In his spare time, he loves to read, cook, exercise, ride bikes, boat, go to concerts with Jeri and play with their grandchildren. Since becoming empty nesters, they have enjoyed travel to Ireland, England, Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, and a Mediterranean Cruise
Pastor Dan says, “I love people, and I love God’s Word. It is a joy and privilege to marry these two loves in the calling I have received from the congregation to serve as pastor.”
Pastor Dan can be contacted by email or at the church office (414) 352-4150 or cell 414-614-7126