Bethany Lutheran Church of Nevis welcomes a new, full-time pastor.

Rev. John Dahlen takes office on Thursday, July 8, with his first service on Sunday, July 11.

Pastor Dahlen comes to the community from Big Grove Crow River Grace Parish in Belgrade, Minn., where he served as pastor for the last seven years. He has over 32 years’ experience in the ministry, and has also served congregations in Fosston and Browerville.

He and his wife, Lynne, currently live in Belgrade and have two grown daughters who live in Colorado and New Mexico.

“Pastor Dahlen brings with him a wealth of knowledge in pastoral guidance, community involvement and youth ministry,” a release from Bethany parish stated. “We are looking forward to growing in faith.”

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“My wife and I have just arrived in Nevis,” Dahlen said on Thursday. “A great crew from Bethany met us and helped us unload the Uhaul. We are excited to be here. We look forward to getting to know this community and to sharing in ministry with the people of Bethany Lutheran Church.”

The congregation worships at 9 a.m. every Sunday at 100 3rd Ave. in Nevis. For more information, call the church office at 218-652-2030.