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About Us

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Christ centered Word and Sacrament ministry for the care of souls (enabling good works through our vocations)

St. Paul Lutheran Church

St. Paul is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the South Dakota District

Worship Service Information

Bible Study - 8:30 a.m. (Currently studying the Large Catechism)

9:30 a.m.: Sunday Worship Service (Lutheran Service Book)

After Service: Sunday School - Sept - May after services


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Rev. Terry Makelin (2017-present)

Pastor Makelin has served as pastor in dual parishes in Bartlett, Chambers, Pilger, and rural Wayne Nebraska since his ordination in 2010. With degrees in electronics, organizational management, MDiv, and a CPE, he is a ‘second-career’ pastor with previous experiences in industrial maintenance, industrial and manufacturing safety, retirement planning, emergency management, and hospital safety, security, & hazardous materials. He and his wife Mary have been married since 1982 and have had five children (one with the Lord), thirteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

(605) 925-7219

Our church

St. Paul Lutheran Church was organized in 1882 and served by Rev. Melcher.  In 1886 the First Lutheran Church building was built and a 400 lb church bell was purchased. The children needed a Christian education so in 1888 the Lutheran Day School was built and operated until 1988. In 1899 the original church was outgrown again and a larger church building was constructed next door. In 1963 a new church was built at 615 E 7th Street, the bell installed, and is currently serving Word and Sacrament ministry.

615 East 7th Street

PO Box 96

Freeman, SD  57029


618 East 8th Street

PO Box 608

Freeman, SD  57029

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