Pastor Helms was born December 31, 1956 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, to Tom and Shirley Helms. He had the joy of sharing the message of God’s love with his younger brother, Mike, who is now actively involved in sharing Christ with countless people through his Christ-centered music ministry. Mike lives in the state of Oregon. Pastor’s sister Ann, and her husband, Paul live in Wisconsin, and have two children; Matthew and Sarah.
Pastor Helms came to trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior through the ministry of Rev. James Knuth and Rev. Carl Selle at Calvary Lutheran Chapel, the LCMS campus ministry on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This event changed the direction of pastor’s life and instead of attending law school he enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St Louis, Missouri. Pastor received his Master of Divinity in 1984, and then accepted his first call to St. Peter Lutheran Church, in Richmond, Michigan, where he served as associate pastor and assistant pastor through January, 1993. He accepted a call to serve as the sole pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and served that congregation from 1993 through August of 1999. He arrived at Holy Redeemer in September of 1999.
Pastor Helms has two adult children, Rebecca and Mark. Both of his children live in Michigan. The Lord has also blessed him with three beloved grandchildren; Nathan, Karmyra, and Xavier. Besides spending time with his grandchildren Pastor Helms enjoys reading, cycling, fishing, camping, canoeing, and visiting America’s National Parks.
The call to Christ’s congregation is both an honor and a challenge. Scripture says, “If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.” The work of preaching/teaching God’s Holy Bible and administering the sacraments in a way that is faithful to God and builds up God’s people is a great responsibility and a privilege. But there’s more to a pastor’s calling than just the Sunday morning ministry. A pastor also walks with God’s people through the highs and lows of life when Christians need individual spiritual care and encouragement. Please don’t hesitate to call on me when you need pastoral care. The work of Christian ministry is more than one pastor or even several pastors can accomplish, so God commands pastors to “prepare God’s people for works of service so that the whole body of Christ may be built up”. Together the pastor and God’s people are partners in ministry serving God in the church and the community.