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Local pastor retires after nine years of service

Local pastor retires after nine years of service

Pastor Vernon Kleinig, Zion Lutheran Church, Angaston, is retiring from service after nine years in the Barossa.

Pastor Vernon has been the president of the Barossa Lutheran Pastor Fraternal and a member of the Lutheran Community Care.

“I have really enjoyed being the pastor at Angaston. It’s good to be here in this welcoming region where you can touch base with all the cross sections of the community,” said Pastor Vernon.

Originally born in Kapunda in 1948, Pastor Vernon spent the first eight years of his life living in Neukirch where he attended the Neukirch Church.

He then moved into the Barossa Valley for a while before his father, a farmer, shifted to the South East.

He boarded at Immanuel College, Adelaide before studying to become a Pastor at the St Barnabas Theological College in North Adelaide.

Pastor Vernon graduated in 1972 and received a scholarship to study his Master of Theology in St Louis, USA.

His first parish was in Western Australia, 1974 -1977, before he became the chaplain at Melbourne University, Melbourne in 1977-1982, and then chaplain at St Peter’s College, Queensland, 1982-1986.

Pastor Vernon came back to the Barossa for a period of time and was an assistant pastor at
St Petri Church in Nuriootpa. 

He was also the Director of Christian Education in Nuriootpa between 1986, 1989.

The rest of his service was in Minyip, Victoria, 1989-1995 and Ballarat from 1995 -2006.

Pastor Vernon said that he enjoyed his time at Ballarat due to the young congregation that had many young families and students from the local university.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.