Pastor Michael Helwig was born in Milwaukee in 1971. The sixth of eight children, he spent most of his elementary years in Two Rivers, WI until his family moved to Northern Wisconsin. His father served as school principal and teacher in various Lutheran schools. His mother held various careers in the medical field as a registered nurse.
Pastor and his wife, Rachel (Seiltz), have five children. Rachel is a graduate of our College of Ministry (now MLC) in New Ulm MN. She began her teaching career as a second grade teacher in a large school in Beaver Dam WI. Rachel currently teaches our 3-K class and serves other various roles in our early childhood programs.
The Helwig’s oldest son, Samuel, recently married Maddie (Tackmier), and is studying for the pastoral ministry. Another son, Philip, is studying for mechanical engineering in Milwaukee. Two of the children, Isaac and Miriam, currently attend Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI and hold local jobs. Their youngest son, Gabriel is in our Christian Day School here at Crown of Life and plans to attend Kettle Moraine Lutheran.
Pastor Helwig currently serves as the Pastor of Visitation & Outreach and enjoys a great partnership with our new pastor, Rev. Johnold Strey, Pastor of Worship and Education. His primary roles take him off campus visiting people and homes for various pastoral needs. Pastor currently teaches Bible lessons twice per week to the 5-6 grade students in our school. Together with the rest of the staff Pastor Helwig seeks ways to support the Christian training of our all people in our congregation and community.
Pastor Helwig has a love for music of all kinds. He plays piano, guitar and some mandolin. He enjoys preaching and teaching God’s Word where ever he has opportunity. He also looks forward to his personal time with his family at their new home in Richfield. He loves the outdoors; especially camping, boating and fishing. The Helwig family looks forward to the many ways they are welcomed into the ministry of their church family at Crown of Life.
Education and Experience Notes
- 1989 Graduate of Martin Luther Prep School (then in Prairie du Chein, WI).
- 1993 Graduate Northwestern College in Watertown, WI (Liberal Arts Degree)
- 1995-6 Vicar (Student Assistant) at St. John’s in Baraboo, WI
- 1997 Graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. (Master of Divinity)
- 1997-2003 Resident Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church and School in Grand Island, NE.
- 2003 to Present Pastor of Crown of Life Lutheran Church and School in Hubertus WI.
- Pastor Helwig shares a common trust among his colleagues and parishioners that professional growth is a vital part of being a pastor in a world that is constantly learning and changing. He has been blessed to return to WLS for various post graduate studies. His furthering education include several Old Testament Hebrew studies, practical parish concepts, a guided trip to Israel.