Exerpt from a letter to Trinity from our Interim Pastor, John Jensen
When we look back, we can see how the pieces of the puzzle of life fit together and how God has brought us to where we are today. In my calling, I have claimed as my verse John 20:21b, “Jesus said…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you”. And in the latest chapter of my life, God has sent me to Trinity Lutheran as your interim pastor. I serve with humility, knowing that it is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that I can do this. I look forward to our time together.
Here’s a little bit about myself. I grew up and have always lived in the Everly area. I am a farmer. I met my wife, Pat Nielsen from Royal, when attending Iowa State and we have been married 54 years. We have 3 kids – Tim is in Indianapolis, Teresa Hansen lives in Everly, and Dena Morgan is in Corning, IA. We have 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 30 years to 5 months.
I consider myself a “tentmaker” following in the footsteps of the apostle Paul. While serving in my role as supply pastor for area congregations, I have also been full time at CommStock Investments in Royal, working in finance and computer networking. I will be retiring from that job on December 31st, which will give me more time to serve Trinity. I will continue to farm with my brother.
“’For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord”. Trinity Lutheran is about to be the start in a new chapter in God’s Plan – My Story. I’m excited to be a part of the plan. And here’s the key to success – I don’t intend to do everything myself! One of the great things about interim ministry is watching other members stepping up to help. To help do things that often times we just assume the pastor will do or has done in the past. So let me know what you are willing to do and where you are willing to help. The days ahead will be exciting days for Trinity Lutheran as together we proclaim the good news of the Gospel. Thanks be to God.