ABOUT US: The Fish Welcomes Martin Fredricks and Paula Mehmel

Unheralded.fish welcomes two contributors aboard our ship.

We believe you’ll enjoy reading blogs from Paula Mehmel and Martin Fredricks.

Here’s some background on each from short bios they wrote for the Fish.

Paula V. Mehmel

Paula, who describes herself as a  “radical, evangelical, Lutheran mystic,” is currently parish pastor at Elim Lutheran Church in Fargo.

Based in Casselton, N.D., but a Minnesota native, she holds an undergraduate degree in English and German from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

“Pastor Paula,” as she is widely known, is a popular speaker, writer and proud single mother of two sons, who both attend Harvard University.

With a passion for serving the last, the lost and the least, Mehmel is a committed community member with a special interest in homelessness, refugee resettlement and addressing issues of sexual violence.

She also created a no-cut community theater in Casselton to assure herself a small role in the ensemble each summer, fulfilling her desire to sing and dance on stage. She relishes the opportunity to share her thoughts on anything from social justice to theology to random musings about her latest travel adventures.


Martin C. “Red” Fredricks

Martin is a husband, father of three, small business owner and writer.

His op-eds, columns and blog posts have tackled everything from condoms in university residence hall bathrooms to application of the death penalty, the warmth of a North Dakota blizzard to robots that play soccer, the curse of Christmas present to an unexpected meeting on the way home from the Winter Olympics.

Martin’s past experience includes a stint as editor of a weekly newspaper, a strategic planner and copywriter at a couple of advertising firms, a constituent service rep on a U.S. senator’s staff and a senior writer and editor at a university.

His business, Fredricks Communications, provides strategic copywriting and content creation for clients that do business around the world. Check out his site at www.fredrickscommunications.com.



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