Peace Lutheran is currently being served by a team of retired ministers, Rev. Richard Anderegg and Rev. Gary Brandt.
Rev. Rick Anderegg was born in Charleston, South Carolina but grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father was in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Nellis AFB in the Vegas Valley in 1968. Pastor Anderegg graduated from what was then Concordia Teachers’ College in Seward, Nebraska in 1985. Eager to live in a “normal” city, he accepted a call
to teach third-grade in Memphis, Tennessee. This would bring him into contact with the love of his life, Sara. On June 27, 1987 “Mr. Anderegg” married Sara Jo (nee Mundinger) Hefner and became a stepfather to two girls, Sheri Marie and Holly Ann. Later, he would become “grandpa” to a total of six amazing kids. Mr. Anderegg taught third grade for a total of seven years. During this time he sought and received a Masters of Science degree in counseling from what was then Memphis State University. In 1992, the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where Rick would attend Concordia Seminary and receive a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree. Upon graduation, “Candidate” Anderegg received a call to be the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in St. Robert, Missouri (next to Fort Leonard Wood). Pastor Anderegg served Faith for a total of eighteen years until a “collision” of two health issues led him to go on disability. For the next few years he worked toward his goal of returning to full-time work, which he achieved by starting his own business selling small form factor computers. Words cannot express how delighted Pastor Anderegg is to serve as a part-time pastor for Peace in Camdenton. It has allowed him to return to his “first love” (career-wise) of teaching, and more importantly studying, God’s Word.
Rev. Gary Brandt, a native of Crystal City, MO, graduated from MO State University in 1971 with a degree in accounting. After serving two years in the U.S. Army (Military Police Corps), ten years at St. Joe Lead Co., five years with Hardy/Diamond Crystal Salt Cos., lastly as Plant Controller in Manistee, Michigan, he made a major career change. In 1995, Pastor Brandt graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He then served 23 years at First Lutheran Church in Ada, OK and 30 miles away at Hope Lutheran Church in Sulphur, OK. He also served as the Norman Circuit Counselor for seven terms, 21 consecutive years, as well as being the part-time Spiritual Counselor at Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital in Ada. He was active in the Ada Sunrise Rotary Club and served on the Board of Directors for CASA. In June of 2018, Pastor retired and moved here to the Lake of the Ozarks. Retirement was short-lived as God had other plans. Now he enjoys serving part-time at Peace. I hope you have the opportunity to worship here with a wonderful group of loving Christians. All of his three children, six grandchildren, and great-granddaughter live in Missouri. The peace of the Lord be with you!