Reflections on a Life in Ministry

Date posted: Wednesday 15 September 2021

The Saint Paul Area Synod held its 2021 Honorees Gathering on Sept. 13 at Shepherd of the Valley, Apple Valley, to celebrate milestone anniversaries of pastors, deacons and congregations as well as rostered minister retirements. The event recognized 2021 honorees as well as those from 2020, who were not able to gather due to the pandemic. Visit the photo gallery.


The program included a special video presentation, "Reflections on a Life in Ministry," featuring interviews with several synod pastors with 50 or more years in ministry: Wendell Friest, Don Fultz, Arland Hultgren, Ron Letnes, Richard Mork, Paul Pallmeyer, David Tiede, and Carl Vaagenes. We invite you to take a few minutes to enjoy their reflections on joys and challenges, their advice for seminarians and other insights from their years in ministry: