Greetings to my family in Christ,

The last two weeks have been the hardest days of my life. My wife, Kim, died on Thursday, December 13th• She was only 35 years old. The days that have followed have been filled with a mix of feelings. I have mourned and grieved at the hole in the hearts of my children and me. I have taken some comfort from knowing that she will never again have to do dialysis or stay in the hospital. I have shed more tears than I knew possible, even while being grateful for a church and community that wrapped their arms around the kids and me.

About five or six years ago, I remember telling Kim that t thought God was calling me to seminary and becoming a pastor. I knew saying this would mean leaving my job, selling our house, and moving away from everything that we knew. A part of me hoped that she would say I was crazy. Instead, she just smiled at me and said, "Yeah, I think you're right." She already had an idea that God was leading us down this path. We had no way of knowing where that path would lead and could only trust that God would not abandon us and would see us through.

That path brought us ultimately to Appleton. Over the past six months we have grown to love this community and its people. The children are thriving here, and the church has a great energy. Now, this huge challenge

has presented itself. It makes it hard to imagine what tomorrow will bring. I know that the coming weeks and months will be difficult as we cope with losing Kim.

However, I also know what Kim would want me to do. She would tell me to keep going and keep depending on faith in Jesus. She would tell me that now, especially, is the time that I need to remember that life is from God and held by God.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, God will be faithful even during this. The gospel message tells us that from the jaws of death, God grants life. Out of the darkness of the grave, Jesus Christ brought forth life.

I look forward to returning to the pulpit on January 6th• My family has no plans of going anywhere. You have all taken such great care of us during this time and we will continue to walk together.

God has called me to the work of preaching the Good News at Zion and St. John's.

I have work to do.


Pastor Roger Fears

Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Fears grew up on a farm in the little town, Lacona, Iowa. He received his college education at Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa, and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. He lives in the church parsonage with his two children Addison and Sawyer in Appleton.

Lead Pastor

  1. Pastor Roger Fears
    249 S Behl St
    Appleton MN 56208-1619
    Office: 320-289-2216