Herald JournalHerald Journal, July 19, 2004

St. Paul’s welcomes Nelson as new pastor

By Ryan Gueningsman

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Lester Prairie is welcoming a new pastor.

Pastor Eric Nelson accepted the call to serve at St. Paul’s and celebrated his first service July 17.

Although Nelson comes to Lester Prairie after serving for several years in Montana, he was born in Minnesota.

“My family moved to Lisle, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, when I was still an infant,” Nelson said. “Before I reached the second grade, my family moved to River Falls, Wisc. I not only graduated from high school at River Falls, but I also received my degree from U.W. - River Falls.”

Nelson attended the seminary at St. Louis, Mo. While he was in St. Louis, he met his wife, Katie, whose father is Rev. Gerhard Bode of Peace Lutheran in Hutchinson. In 1996, Nelson and Katie Bode were married, and that same year, Nelson received his first call to serve at Mt. Calvary Lutheran in Polson, Montana.

The couple’s three sons, Christopher, 5, Alexander, 2, and Zachary, two months, were all born in Montana.

“Our years in Montana were enjoyable,” he said. “In addition to my pastoral duties, I enjoyed skiing in the mountains and learned how to fly fish, as well. I also enjoy reading, bicycling, and golfing.

“My family and I are very pleased to be able to move back to Minnesota. The Twin Cities area is home for us,” Nelson said.

“We are looking forward to meeting everyone and working together in His kingdom,” he added.


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