WELCOME TO SALEM — Several ministers joined together to greet the Rev. Fred Poeppel as interim pastor at Salem Lutheran Church. Shown are the Rev. Donald Loos, the Rev. Travis Grubb, the Rev. Karl Haeussler, the Rev. Dr. David Belasic, the Rev. Fred and Mrs. Janet Poeppel and the Rev. Richard Rolf.
SPRINGVILLE –– Salem Lutheran Church welcomed the Rev. Fred Poeppel on July 22 as intentional interim pastor, a post he will occupy for the next two years.
Poeppel received his Master of Divinity degree in May 1995 from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. and accepted his first position as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albion, Pa.
During his 17 years in Albion, he also served on the board of directors of Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center in Angola for 12 years (six as chair) and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Eastern Board of Directors, for six years. He was a circuit counselor of the Pittsburgh northwest circuit for the last three years.
While serving at Trinity, he also ministered at several neighboring churches, as a vacancy pastor.
Poeppel was born in Germany and emigrated with his family to the United States, that same year. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cabot, Pa. Prior to becoming a minister, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, with a minor in secondary education, from Pennsylvania State University in 1974, after student teaching in the Panama Canal Zone.
He worked as a research analytical chemist and also for a company that manufactured mass spectrometers, in which he held various positions.
He married Janet Lang in May 1975 and the couple has three sons: Kurt, Keith and Scott.
Poeppel has an apartment in Springville and commutes weekly back to Conneaut Lake, Pa.