Meet Our Pastor

Vacancy Pastor: Pastor Allen Schroeder

Pastor Allen Schroeder grew up on a small dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. Even as a young child, his thoughts were directed to becoming a pastor. His wife Barbara is the daughter of a man who was the plant manager of a large family dairy in the Los Angeles area.

Pastor Schroeder and his wife Barbara live in Mesa, Arizona. They met at Pastor’s first congregation, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, in Sierra Madre, CA. It was a new mission with a total membership of 25 when Pastor arrived. Barbara was an organist and prepared the Sunday bulletins. After nine years in Sierra Madre, Pastor and Barbara moved to Mesa, AZ where he served Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School for 14 years. Barbara was the choir director and one of the organists. The Schroeders moved to Findlay, OH for 6 years, where pastor ministered to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Barb was one of the organists. Two years serving as the development director of California Lutheran High School in Wildomar, CA followed. Pastor then took a call to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Kingman, AZ. Barb again served as one of the organists and as the office secretary. Having a love for the East Valley, they decided to retire in the familiar territory of Mesa.

Pastor and Barbara’s son Ryan is a quality control manager at Black Knight Financial Services in Denver, CO. He and his wife Amy, along with their three granddaughters, live in Aurora, CO. The Schroeder’s daughter Kali is an elite applications engineer at MLC CAD Services in Tempe, AZ. She and her husband Mauricio Gonzalez live in Mesa.

Pastor Schroeder began serving as the vacancy, or interim, pastor at Peace in the middle of April, 2021. He has known several members and Pastor Hein, Peace’s first resident pastor, for several years. It is good to be here. Pastor’s direct contact information is:

Cell – (928) 293-0642
Email –

Save the Date

Pastor Mark Schroeder Installation Date

Pastor Mark Schroeder will join Peace in July 2021.  Married to Alissa, Pastor has three children–Lydia, Elijah, and Mya.  Pastor Schroeder has earned a B.A. in theology and biblical languages from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN and a M.Div. from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI.  Since graduating from Seminary, Pastor has worked in congregational ministries in Cary, NC and Watertown, WI, as well as taught Religion and History at high schools in Saginaw, MI and Watertown, WI.

Please save the date, Sunday, July 18, for Pastor Mark Schroeder’s Installation service. This service will be at 4:00 pm at Basha HS. This is an important event both for Pastor Mark and for our congregation. The service acknowledges Pastor Mark’s call to Peace Lutheran Church. During this service, Pastor Mark publicly accepts the responsibilities of being our pastor and our congregation publicly accepts Pastor Mark as our pastor and our responsibilities to him. He will then be installed by the laying on of hands by area pastors. This service officially marks the beginning of the next exciting chapter in the course the Lord has chartered for Peace Lutheran Church. More details will be provided as the date gets closer.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Mark and his family as they prepare to move to Arizona and join the Peace family!