Pastor Rolf Preus

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.

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

Church Growth God’s Way — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Church attendance has been dropping throughout America for a long time.  All church bodies – mainstream Protestants, Evangelicals, and Roman Catholics – are affected.  People are quitting church, or they never join.  The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has lost … Continue reading

Confirmation Sermon – “Teaching Is Life”, by Pastor Rolf Preus

The rite of Confirmation is not a sacrament. It is neither commanded nor forbidden by God. God does command that parents teach their children his holy word. God does tell the ministers of his church to baptize in the name … Continue reading

The Righteousness of Faith — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell.  Jesus told a story about a rich man and a poor man.  The rich man ignored the poor man in his need.  He ignored Lazarus and did not help … Continue reading

The Danger of Taking the Holy Spirit for Granted and Neglecting the Means of Grace — A Pastoral Letter of Pastor Rolf Preus

May, 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: During my first year as a pastor I was shocked to learn from my catechumens that they had never heard of Pentecost. How could anyone grow up in the church and be … Continue reading

“It Is Finished” — Vespers Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Wednesday Vespers March 16, 2016 “It Is Finished” John 19:30-37 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that … Continue reading

“The Price, the Promise, the Persecution” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus, Lent 5, 2016

The Fifth Sunday in Lent March 13, 2016 “The Price, the Promise, the Persecution” Hebrews 9: 15 &, John 8:51 + + + And for this reason He is the Mediator of the New Testament, by means of death, for … Continue reading

“I Thirst” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Wednesday Vespers March 9, 2016 “I Thirst” John 19:28-29 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they … Continue reading

My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me — Vespers Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Wednesday Vespers March 2, 2016 “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:45-49 The Christian faith rests on a truth that mystifies the wisest of men but provides deep comfort to millions who suffer pangs of guilt. … Continue reading

“Love Versus Lust” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Third Sunday in Lent February 28, 2016 “Love Versus Lust” Ephesians 5:1-9 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a … Continue reading

“Today you will be with Me in Paradise” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Wednesday Vespers February 24, 2016 “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” Luke 23:39-43 Two evildoers — criminals – were facing their just deserts. They did the crime and now had to ‘face the punishment. Matthew and Mark tell … Continue reading

“When It Seems God Won’t Help You” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Second Sunday in Lent February 21, 2016 “When It Seems God Won’t Help You” Matthew 15:21-28 When afflictions sore oppress you, Low with grief and anguish bowed, Then to earnest prayer address you; Prayer will help you through the … Continue reading

“Father, Forgive Them” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Ash Wednesday February 10, 2016 “Father, Forgive Them” Luke 23:32-34 “There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the … Continue reading