Rev. John E. Klieve was born in East Cleveland, Ohio, in 1955, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Klieve. Rev. Klieve has two brothers and a sister. In school he was active in band and track and particularly interested in art. His family has always been very active in church functions.
Rev. Klieve is a 1974 graduate of Greendale High School, Greendale, WI, a 1976 graduate of Concordia College, Milwaukee, WI, and a 1979 graduate of Concordia Teachers’ College, River Forest, IL where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1983, Rev. Klieve graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, with a Master of Divinity degree.
During his seminary training, Rev. Klieve served his vicarage in Baldwin, MI, at Grace Lutheran Church. He was ordained into the public office of the holy ministry and installed as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Warren, MN, and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Radium, MN, on July 3, 1983. He has served parishes in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Rev. Klieve has been pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Port Washington since his installation on November 21, 1993.
On December 30, 1977, he was joined in holy marriage to Charlotte Schaefer of Racine, WI, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Armin Schaefer. God has blessed the Klieves with a daughter, Joanne and son, Nathan.