Lauren Hauger is the newly appointed pastor of Hubbard United Methodist Church. She will begin her ministry Sunday, Sept. 8, leading the congregation in its 9 a.m. worship service.

Hauger is taking the position of Laurie Kantonen, pastor at HUMC since 2010, who has been appointed district superintendent of the North Star District of the United Methodist Church. The Hubbard church is a member of the North Star District, which encompasses 78 churches in the northwest portion of Minnesota.

Hauger comes to Hubbard after having served five years as the pastor of the Federated Church UMC in Morris. From 2016 to 2017, she also served as a part-time pastor at Herman United Methodist Church in Herman.

Hauger studied at Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago and is currently enrolled at Sioux Falls Seminary in the master of divinity program. She was awarded the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 2008.

She is married to Jeffrey Hauger, and they have five children and seven grandchildren.