About Pastor Rolf Preus

Pastor Rolf David Preus grew up on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, the fourth of ten children, where his father, Dr. Robert David Preus, taught for many years. Pastor Preus graduated from high school in 1971, from Concordia College, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1975 and from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1979. He was ordained on July 1, 1979, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Clear Lake, Minnesota. He served Trinity Lutheran Church in Clear Lake (1979-1982), First Lutheran Church in East Grand Forks, Minnesota (1982-1989), St. John’s Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin (1989-1997), River Heights Lutheran Church in East Grand Forks, Minnesota (1997-2006), and First American Lutheran Church in Mayville, North Dakota and Grace Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota from (2006-2015). On February 15, 2015 he was installed as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sidney, Montana and St. John Lutheran Church, Fairview, Montana. Pastor Preus received his Master of Sacred Theology degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1987. His thesis topic was, “An Evaluation of Lutheran/Roman Catholic Conversations on Justification.” Pastor Preus has taught courses in theology for Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Concordia University Wisconsin, and St. Sophia Lutheran Theological Seminary in Ternopil, Ukraine. Pastor Preus married Dorothy Jean Felts on May 27, 1975, in Coldwater, Michigan. God has blessed Pastor and Dort with twelve children: Daniel, David, Paul, John, Mark, Stephen, Christian, Andrew, James, Mary, Samuel, and Peter. David, Paul, John, Mark, Stephen, Christian, Andrew, and James are pastors in the LCMS. God has blessed Pastor and Mrs. Preus with forty-three grandchildren so far. Pastor Preus’ mother is living in Minneapolis. Three of his brothers and two of his brothers-in-law have served as pastors in the LCMS.

What We Really Need Is . . . — Pastoral Letter by Pastor Rolf Preus

November, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The Church is not the pastors. It is the people. The only reason we need pastors is because we need the word of God that the pastors preach and teach. What we … Continue reading

The Life of Repentance — Reformation Day Sermon, Pr Rolf Preus

Reformation Day October 31, 2017 The Life of Repentance Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 Five hundred years ago today Martin Luther nailed 95 … Continue reading

Luther’s Tower Experience — Pastor’s Class Notes, Reformation Sunday 2017, Pr Rolf Preus

Luther’s Tower Experience: Martin Luther Finds the Gospel St. John and Trinity Lutheran Churches Sunday, October 29, 2017 We date the Reformation back to October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar and professor of theology, nailed the ninety … Continue reading

Reformation 500 Pastoral Letter to the Congregation — Pastor Rolf Preus

October, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: This month, we Lutherans celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. That event … Continue reading

“Grace Alone” — Reformation 500 Sermon No. 1 by Pr Rolf Preus

“Grace Alone” The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity October 8, 2017 Romans 3:23—25a “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God … Continue reading

The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession June 25, 2017 “Confessing the True Faith” Matthew 10:26-33 Faith alone makes us Christians. Confession alone marks us as Christians. Only God can judge the heart. Only God can see what we really and … Continue reading

What’s the Big Deal about Christ’s Ascension – A Pastoral Newsletter by Pastor Rolf Preus

May, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: For some years now, wherever I have served as pastor, we have observed the Ascension of our Lord on the Sunday before Pentecost. In fact, the Ascension of our Lord falls three … Continue reading

The Lord Jesus is Our Shepherd — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Ezekiel 34:11-16 The most popular psalm in the Psaltery is Psalm 23 where David begins with the words, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.”  Jesus calls himself the good shepherd.  St. Peter calls Jesus the shepherd and … Continue reading

“God Bearers” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than … Continue reading

The Fall and the Promise — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The First Sunday in Lent March 5, 2017 “The Fall and the Promise” Genesis 3:1-21 Biblical history explains the way things are.  What Moses records in today’s Old Testament Lesson is history.  It happened.  What Matthew records in today’s Gospel … Continue reading

“God’s Word Does What God Wants” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, … Continue reading

The Revelation of God’s Glory — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” St. John 2:11 When God appeared to Moses on Mt. Sinai, Moses asked to see his glory. God refused.   … Continue reading

Our Faith Needs Baptism — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Baptism of Our Lord St. Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, say­ing, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You … Continue reading

The Angels’ Sermon is the Christian’s Song – Christmas Day Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! Luke 2: 13- 14 Is it a hymn or … Continue reading

The Government of God Incarnate — Christmas Eve Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.” Isaiah 916a Paul Gerhardt asks the question: If our blessed Lord and maker hated men, Would He then be … Continue reading

God With Us and Our Children — Sermon for Children’s Christmas Service, by Pastor Rolf Preus

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, … Continue reading

The Lord Is at Hand — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Philippians 4:4-7 Editorial Introduction: The Lord is at hand. Jesus could return at any moment. We live on the edge of eternity.  Paul tells us how to live, knowing that Christ could return at any moment. He tells us how … Continue reading

Ministers of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Today we are going to talk about preachers.  The Bible has many names for them: pastors, teachers, preachers, elders, bishops, even angels.  Our text for today uses the word minister, which means servant.  What God requires of … Continue reading

The King’s Wedding – Advent Vespers Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Psalm 45 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2 You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; … Continue reading

The Bible: The Cradle of Christ — Advent Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Romans 15:4-13 The Bible is the most revered book in the world.  People who rarely read it and know little of what it teaches treat it with respect.  The Bible is a symbol of tradition, of stability, and of truth.  … Continue reading

Christ’s First Advent: The Triumph of Humility — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Advent means coming. Jesus’ first coming was at Christmas. He came in humility. His second coming will be on Judgment Day. He will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead. He came in humility. He … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Day Sermon – by Pastor Rolf Preus

1 Timothy 2: 1-8 We should pray for our government because it serves us as God’s servant. The Bible teaches that all governments instituted among men get their power to govern from God. We should submit to all legitimate human … Continue reading

The Wise and Foolish Virgins — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Twenty Seventh Sunday after Trinity Matthew 25:1-13 Today is the last Sunday of the church year.  Next Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent.  The church year ends just over a month before the calendar year does.  People stay … Continue reading

When God Tests You — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has … Continue reading

“The Testimony of the Holy Spirit” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

I know of no other part of the Bible that provides as much comfort to the troubled soul as Romans chapter 8.  When I visit someone who is facing a critical life-threatening event I often turn to this beautiful chapter … Continue reading