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Southwest Spotlight: Answering the call: Husband and wife lead St. John’s Lutheran in Killdeer

December 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

KILLDEER – Pastoring to a rural community in the Oil Patch was the last thing Rachel and John Simonson wanted for their first church out of seminary, but after coming to Killdeer and seeing the community and meeting the people, they knew St. John’s…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Southwest Spotlight: Answering the call: Husband and wife lead St. John’s Lutheran in Killdeer

December 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

KILLDEER – Pastoring to a rural community in the Oil Patch was the last thing Rachel and John Simonson wanted for their first church out of seminary, but after coming to Killdeer and seeing the community and meeting the people, they knew St. John’s…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Faces of the Boom: Preacher in the Patch reaches out to oilfield workers, jail inmates

November 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

WILLISTON — “Crank it up for another 90 seconds with A Preacher in the Patch …. Oil Patch, that is.”
That catchphrase is well-known to radio listeners in western North Dakota, where lifelong Williston man Ron Evitt began a radio ministry in …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Pastor Calvert moving on

June 25, 2013 in The Osakis Review

Pastor Ron Calvert will explore ministry as resident chaplain in clinical setting Continue Reading

George McGovern recalled as a pastor in 1940s Illinois

November 5, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Before becoming widely known as a liberal Democrat, George McGovern spent a brief period in a resort area near Mundelein, Ill., crafting sermons and tending to a modest congregation. Continue Reading

Beloved pastor retires after years of spiritual guidance

July 30, 2012 in The Daily Republic

After the Lord, the Rev. Dave Astrup was the most honored presence Sunday at the Mitchell First Lutheran Church’s 10 a.m. service.
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Local Lutheran pastor plans to retire at end of July

July 17, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The Rev. David Astrup, senior pastor since 1996 at First Lutheran, Mitchell, will retire at the end of July. A luncheon honoring Astrup and his wife Pat will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 29, in First Lutheran’s Family Life Center. Continue Reading

Pastor allows people looking for work to stay

July 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Each time someone new arrives at Concordia Lutheran Church looking for a place to stay, the Rev. Jay Reinke has the same reaction: “Oh Lord, not another one.” The small Missouri Synod Lutheran church in Williston has 30 to 40 job-seekers sleeping inside the church on a typical night, with dozens more who stay in their vehicles in the church parking lot. Continue Reading

New pastor hired for Mitchell, Armour Lutheran churches

April 17, 2012 in The Daily Republic

On Sunday, the Rev. Craig Benson will be installed as the pastor of Amazing Grace Free Lutheran Church in Mitchell and St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Armour. Continue Reading

Church bad boy turns good: a look at Pastor Berge’s career

July 28, 2011 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Most people would never guess that when Pastor Phil Berge was young, he was one of three obnoxious kids to get kicked out of ninth-grade Sunday school class. Continue Reading