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Please welcome our new
Associate Pastor Mark Lund

Lund FamilyPastor Mark Lund was born and raised in Marshall, MN. He has one older brother in St. Paul, MN. In 2007, he graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and in 2011 earned an MDiv from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

He was ordained on January 22, 2012 and served a mission congregation of LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) in Canby, MN, where he met his wife Hope. The two were married in October of 2012 He has also has served a two-point parish in Readlyn, IA and a congregation in Boyden, IA. (Both in the North American Lutheran Church)

Hope grew up on acreage outside of Canby, MN. The oldest of eight children, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Canby. She has most recently worked as a paraprofessional at the school and housekeeper at the hospital while they were In Boyden. On September 12 of 2019, Mark and Hope were blessed by God with the birth of their first child, Eleanor Jean.

Mark enjoys watching Minnesota sports (keeps him humble), Ole and Lena Jokes (same reason), cross country skiing, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family. Hope enjoys sewing, cooking and baking, watching movies, and spending time with family.  

For about four years, Pastor Mark and Hope have felt God leading them to the LCMS. They are excited to be joining the fellowship of the LCMS and the church family of Trinity Lutheran!

 

Please join us on Saturday, February 8th @ 4:00pm as we install Pastor Lund.  There will be a dinner following the service.  Please call the church office or sign up in the narthex to help us plan an appropriate amount of food. 

 

Call Process Updates

The process for finding a new pastor within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod moves slowly.  This is somewhat intentional so that both congregation and pastor take an appropriate amount of time to pray and seek the Holy Spirit's guidance throughout the process.  The office of pastor is not just a job that is hired or fired, but one that God has given to His church and fills through prayerful consideration by both pastor and people.

This page will be home to all of the updates along the way as we work toward identifying the person God already knows to fill our open Associate Pastor spot. 

Call Committee Members: Joe Gogerty, Chair, John Bilsten, Matt Divis, Rita Prunty, Abby Wolf, Aaron Siefken, Heather Studer, Melissa Lentz, Keith Kuecker, Tami Hankins, Chandra McMahon, Jane Bilsten, Pastor Tom Schlund, Pastor Thomas Cowell

Updates: 

  • June -- Call Committee appointed at the June Church Council Meeting (Members listed above)

  • July -- July 1, 2019 -- Call Committee meets with President Turner to learn about the process and discuss options
    • Questions were asked about the possibility of other positions like Director of Christian Education, Deaconess, or Vicar.  

  • An update was shared with the congregation on July 7th that summarizes the conversation with President Turner and presents the information we have moving forward. You can read that update by clicking here.

  • September -- President Turner sent a list of names to the Call Committee.  The committee met on September 10th to narrow down the list and select names to be interviewed further. 

  • An update was shared with the congregation on September 22nd about the work the committee had completed to that point. You can read the update by clicking here. 

  • October -- On September 30th the Call Committee interviewed the candidates that they selected from the larger pool of names. After the interviews, the committee feels comfortable bringing a recommendation to the Voter's Assembly. 
  • On Sunday, October 20th, we held a special Voter's Meeting to hear from the Call Committee and vote on how to proceed. The Voter's Assembly voted to call a Pastor who is currently serving in the North America Lutheran Church (NALC) and is nearing the completion of his Colloquy process to become a pastor in the LCMS. He was recommended by Pastor Turner and the committee was impressed with his experience and interview. 

    He needs to complete one final interview with the Colloquy Committee of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) in December and then he will officially be able to be placed here to serve at Trinity.  We're anticipating this to happen in mid-January.  We'll keep you updated as the details become more certain.