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The Rev. Dr. David Fielding, retired pastor of Hope Lutheran Church
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The Rev. Alan Beuster, the church's new pastor
GRANITE CITY — The end of June 2015 marked the retirement of the Rev. Dr. David Fielding, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church.
The native of Murphysboro, Ill., arrived in 1974 with his wife, Connie. The congregation watched his family grow, and he was always there when needed.
“Pastor Fielding was a part of everyone’s family, and our church family grew to love him and his family, and wish him only the best,” a church news release states.
Fielding was born July 11, 1944, son of Elbert and Lucille Hassebrock Fielding. He was baptized Aug. 13, 1944, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro, where he was confirmed and later married. He attended St. Paul’s Junior College, Concordia, Mo.; Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Concordia Seminary of St. Louis, graduating in 1970. He completed the degrees of master of divinity and master of sacred theology at Concordia Seminary. He earned a doctorate from the same institution in New Testament theology. He also holds a degree of master of arts from Washington University in St. Louis in Greek and Latin studies.
He married the former Connie Blackwood of Murphysboro on July 31, 1971. They are parents of David Matthias and Dr. Sarah Ann Marie. Fielding was ordained into the Holy Ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod on Pentecost Sunday, May 30, 1971, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He held the pastorate of St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Berlin, Ill., from 1971 to 74. He served as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church more than 41 years until June 28, 2015. He is a former Circuit Visitor and has held other district appointments.
On June 28, 2015, the Rev. Alan Beuster was ordained at Hope Lutheran Church. Beuster has served the congregation for three years as a seminary student and vicar.
“We are proud to call him our new pastor,” the release states.
Beuster has been called into the ministry as a second career, previously working for the Department of Defense; the last 25 years of which were spent as a supervisory general engineer with responsibilities to ensure production capabilities for all ammunition for all branches within the Department of Defense.
He was born in Kewanee, Ill., and raised in a rural farm setting. He has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. He also graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. While at the seminary, in addition to his time at Hope, his “field education” work included involvement with prison ministry as well as tutoring high school immigrant students to help them adapt to their new setting in the United States.
Beuster has been married 37 years to his wife, Sandy (Beaird). The Beusters have two sons, Andy and Nathan.