History of Esther

The Esther Lutheran congregation was organized on January 18th, 1893, at the home of David Nelson, at which Pastor Louis Johnson presided.  Pastor Johnson became the first pastor, along with his serving First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie.

 

The men included in the organizational meeting were David, Nelson, Lewis Larson, Lewis Peterson, Henry Sjobeck, Peter Anderson, Andrew Nelson, Andrew Anderson, Peter Erikson, Ola Johanson, Olaf Pehrson, Jons Westlund and Per Wiberg.

The first church building was completed in 1897, while the present structure was completed in 1921, following a fire in 1920 by lightening, which destroyed the first one.

Pastors that have served Esther congregation over the past 100 years are as follows:

Pastor Louis Johnson…………………… 1893-1895

Pastor J. P. Leaf…………………………….1897-1910

Pastor Olaf Wallin…………………………. 1911-1916

Pastor J. H. Ford……………………………. 1917-1921

Pastor J. Edor Larson……………………. 1921-1930

Pastor Lambert Engwall………………..1931-1944

Pastor C. E. T. Peterson…………………1944-1948

Pastor J. E. Tretheway…………………. 1957-1960

Pastor Maynard O. Hansen…………….1961-1968

Pastor Gene Schipper………………….. 1968-1972

Pastor Steven Streed…………………….1972-1979

Pastor Roger Tornes……………………. 1979-1984

Pastor Roger Prescott, Interim…………………….1984-1986

Pastor Obed “Duke” Lundeed …………………….1986-1991

Pastor Kenneth Thiele …………………….1991-2007

Pastor Katherine Rothman…………………….2003-2007

(One Point Parish)

Pastor Don Reisig, Interim…………………….2007-2008

Dawn Reisig, Synodically Authorized Minister…………………….2008-2011

Pastor Jeanette Bidne …………………….2011-2017

Pastor Tom Kolden, Interim Pastor…………2017-

 

 

 

 

One thought on “History of Esther”

  1. Olaf Perhson, my great grandfather, was one of the men to first organize this church. His daughter, my grandmother, Agnes (his fifth child) was baptized here, as was her daughter Lorraine Johnson; Married name Blabaum. I am Lorraine’s oldrest daugther who was also baptized here. What I would love to know is the date my younger sister, Barbara Lee Blabaum was baptized there; probably sometime after April, 1946l Please check your historical records and email me that information at: bevcox2039@hickorytech.net or call me at: (507) 388-2039. I sincerely appreciate your help getting me this information. Bev Cox

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