Meet Our Pastor
Rev. Robert (Rob) Nedbalek

Born into a Nebraska farm family, Rob still grieves the great loss incurred when his father chose to move the family into town (population less than 200) to make a “better life” for his family. He straddled his first motorcycle, a Ducati, at age 14, and his first Harley at 16. The love affair with two wheels continues to this day.            

Baptized in a Congregational Church (now UCC), confirmed in a LCMS congregation, married in a Methodist church, he got his first taste of ministry as youth pastor, Sunday school teacher and bus driver at a Baptist church (ABC). Joining an ELCA congregation, he ultimately went to Wartburg Theological Seminary, seeking an M/Div and ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament.            

Ordained March 17, 2002, he served as pastor of rural, multi point parishes in Montana, North and South Dakota.            

Convicted of Vehicular Homicide in 1980, gave Rob a different appreciation for prison ministry, and while at the seminary, he became acquainted with Ed Nesselhuf of Prison Congregations of America, who encouraged him to consider making himself available for call to Prison Ministry in the PCA. But Rob chose to return to Montana, where family ties tugged at him, and entered parish ministry. In March of 2012, Rob was called to serve as the pastor of Freedom in Christ Prison Ministry, an ELCA worshiping community inside Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana.            

Rob and his wife Lori had six children: Todd, Tara, Trebor, Danyelle, David and Johnathan, fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Todd died of a heart attack in November of 2020. Johnathan remains at home, along with David, and two grandsons, Connor and Colton.            

Vocationally, Rob has a background in retail and wholesale business, automotive and motorcycle mechanics, and a myriad of other “jobs.” To quote a friend, “You name it, Rob’s done it.”            

“So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

                                                                   ~John 8:36