Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Ron Nieman has been serving our Lord in multiple capacities since before his college graduation in 1976, with a Mechanical Engineering degree from what is now Kettering University in Flint. While working as an engineer and manager in the automotive industry for 45 years, Pastor Ron acquired his Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Leadership and Administration.
Although becoming a minister was suggested many times over the years, starting when he was only 14, it wasn’t until 2010, that the Lord led him to become a Licensed Lay Deacon in the Michigan District of the LCMS, and then to go through the colloquy process to become Pastor Ron in early 2019. He has served four other congregations as a Deacon and Pastor before being asked to serve Hosanna – Tabor as Vacancy Pastor, while this congregation waits on the Holy Spirit’s direction as to who will be their next permanent pastor.
Pastor Ron grew up in Clinton Township, Michigan, outside of Mount Clemens, and attended elementary school at St. John Lutheran Church and School in Fraser, where he was Baptized, Confirmed, and married to Lenore, a now-retired Lutheran School Teacher. They met through the Motor City Lutheran Young Adults, which was an organization for Christian singles and which Pastor Ron served as President. Pastor and Lenore designed and built their home, which sits on almost 11 rural acres. They have two grown and married children as well as two grandchildren, with whom they enjoy spending time regularly. He looks forward to watching how our Lord will use the people of Hosanna – Tabor to perform the work of Christ’s Great Commission of making disciples by telling others about our Savior.
by Pastor Ron Nieman
Besides being one of my favorite times of the year, September is also in many ways a time of transition. Labor Day, which is celebrated on the first Monday of September, marks the unofficial end of Summer and signals the upcoming transition to the season of Autumn, which will occur this year on September 22nd. During September, the weather also transitions from the hot and muggy days of August to a moderate and in many ways more comfortable temperature range, that still allows for multiple outdoor activities without producing large quantities of sweat while only requiring a light jacket or none at all. This time of year also sees the transition from summer vacation to the more regular routines of work and school, which for our Concordia School students began last week on August 25. In addition to the usual transitions that occur most every September, our hope and prayer is that our lives will also be able to transition from COVID mode to one more closely resembling what we considered “normal” some 18 months ago. To support and encourage this transition, the Board of Elders is sponsoring a “Back to Church” Sunday on September 19th, and you will soon receive a letter outlining the plans for that day.
In many ways, the congregation of Hosanna – Tabor Lutheran Church has been experiencing a time of transition for the last few years, with your long-time pastor accepting the call of a sister congregation, then working with an Intentional Interim Minister to examine the congregation’s options going forward, before being served by Pastor Mau as your Vacancy Pastor.
Once again, a pastoral transition has occurred as I have been contracted by your Board of Elders and Church Council to be the Vacancy Pastor here at Hosanna – Tabor for at least six months and possibly until such time as the congregation calls a “permanent” pastor. Although there have been a multitude of faces leading the congregation in worship over the last few years, I will “preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:23), just as each of my predecessors have, as I continue the task assigned to all pastors, that of “equipping the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). I look forward to working with the staff, Church Council, and Elders over the coming months as together we strive to ascertain the direction God already has planned for the congregation of Hosanna – Tabor. May we as a congregation and individual believers continually strive to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission, which is recorded for us in Matthew 28, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”. We are able to confidently begin this work right here in our local community because we have Jesus’ own promise that “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In HIS Service,
Pastor Ron Nieman