Pastor Fredric E. Piepenbrink
Pastor Fred Piepenbrink was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois. His parents and siblings moved to Tucson, Arizona, when he was 20 years old. There he studied electrical engineering at the University of Arizona. After being led into the public ministry, he attended Bethany College in Mankato, Minnesota, for his preseminary training, then Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin, where he graduated in 1980. He was assigned to St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Antigua, West Indies. Four years later he accepted the Call to Atonement Lutheran Church and School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he spent the next 17 years. In 2001 he accepted the Call to start a mission congregation on the northwest side of Atlanta, Georgia. That church became Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church in Hiram, Georgia. He retired in March of 2014.
He and his wife, Diana, are presently living in Sun City West on the northwest side of Phoenix. Diana nee Kuhl is a 1970 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. She taught at Redeemer Lutheran School in Tucson, Arizona; Pilgrim Lutheran School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; and Atonement Lutheran School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She retired from Still Elementary School in Powder Springs, Georgia, where she worked as a paraprofessional in special education. They have one daughter, Amy, who is married to Brian Seeger. They live in Avondale, Arizona, with their two children, Ayla and Avery. Since retirement Pastor Piepenbrink has served as vacancy pastor in Layton, Utah; Flagstaff, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; Modesto and Santa Clarita, California; and Fort Worth and Killeen, Texas.
Pastor and Diana have enjoyed the vacancy work, meeting the many faithful Christians and touring the areas where they have served.