Pastor Dan. I am writing this site as a memory of my time in South Dakota. I am the director of the Lutheran Lakota Shared Ministries at the Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center in Pine Ridge SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. For more on the center go to pineridgereconciliationcenter.org the website for the center.
I am a third career pastor having chosen to go to seminary in my late 40’s. I graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in May of 2018. I was called as the associate pastor at The Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Florissant MO that same day. I served in that capacity for 2 years prior to answering God’s call to come serve the Oglala Lakota people here in Pine Ridge.
Prior to entering ministry, I was in technical sales. In 2007 I felt the call to youth ministry and served for 9 years at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Creve Coeur, MO. It was at Holy Cross that my life changed, and I met my beautiful wife Jackie and our incredible kids Emily, Nick, and Sam.
Recently the Episcopal church brought a potential new Preist to town to get a feel for what ministry is like on the reservation. During our time together we talked about what funerals are like. I am asked to do funerals on a regular basis. Many times, I am asked to lead a funeral for someone […]
This morning I had the pleasure of someone else leading the worship service. Mother Lauren of the Episcopal church was in town for a meeting with the members of Holy Cross. I did the readings, but she did the rest. While listening to her preach I was captivated. The Gospel text was the story of […]
The Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center is a ministry of the South Dakota Synod of the ELCA. We are one of several non-traditional ministries supported by the Synod. What are Neighbors in Solidarity? Across the South Dakota Synod, we have many specialized or supported ministries. Each of these ministries proclaims the Gospel and carries out the […]