About Pastor Ryan Loeslie

Rev. Ryan Loeslie is pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Merna, Nebraska, having served there since his ordination in 2009. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary - Fort Wayne, having also studied at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Oberursel, Germany. He enjoys his family, rural ministry, the Psalms, catechesis, Lutheran hymnody, and grilling in the back yard. He and his wife Valerie live in the parish parsonage and are blessed to be raising two little girls.

Your Family As Impetus For Daily Prayer

Throughout my twenties, I remained unmarried.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I was able to pursue my education without other distractions.  Serving a parish as a single man had a lot of advantages too.  I was able to devote … Continue reading

Demystify Your Pastor With The Small Catechism

We all know pastors can be a bit mystifying sometimes.  Growing up in a small congregation with fairly high pastor turnover, that’s what I thought anyway, no matter which pastor it was who was serving us at the time.  They … Continue reading

The Bottom Of The Page – A Trick For Identifying Good Hymns

I remember when I was a boy how my mother received a small gift once from a friend.  It was a keychain.  On the keychain was a little electronic music box which played “Amazing Grace.”  My mom never used it, … Continue reading

The Most Memorable Sunday School Lesson Ever

After my parents, one of my heroes of the faith growing up was a man named Frank Knoll.  Growing up at Immanuel Lutheran Church outside of Radium, MN in the 80s and 90s, Frank was a good role model for … Continue reading