Pastor Hanson

Pastor Hanson and his wife Dorothea have served at Our Savior's Lutheran Church for 26 year. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

After 26 years serving the community, Pastor Dennis Hanson of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Osage has accepted the call to serve at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.

While he will begin his ministry at Nazareth Lutheran on Sunday, August 7, the congregation at Our Savior's and the community of Osage will see him off with two special farewell events.

The first will be Saturday evening, July 23 at 5:30 p.m. worship followed by ice cream and reception. Then after worship on Sunday, July 24 at 10 a.m., a dinner and reception will held for Pastor Hanson and his wife Dorothea.

"It has been a blessing to serve as pastor at Our Savior's for 26 years and to live in the Osage Community. Dorothea and I have greatly appreciated your support," said Hansen. "We have developed countless relationships at Our Savior's and in the Osage community through my call to be pastor and Dorothea's leadership in beginning and administrating the Growing Tree Lutheran Preschool."

"All three of our children, Katie, Kristen, and Daniel, received their elementary, middle school, and high school education in the Osage public schools. We will always call Osage home," added Hansen. "Osage is a great place to live, worship and raise a family."

Hanson explained he was called by the Lord to serve in Cedar Falls, and while he will miss Osage, he knows that God will guide him in his new role.

"One of the promises a pastor makes to the Lord is to be always open to the calling of the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit has called us now to move to Cedar Falls and for me to serve at Nazareth Lutheran Church," explained Hanson. "We have been told by many we will be missed. We will also miss you.

"As we venture on in faith, we thank the Lord for the long season we had to serve and live among you, and the friendships we share. We also cling to the hope of Jesus Christ that the Lord will guide us in our new context of ministry and that God will provide another pastor who will be blessed by living in Osage and be a blessing by bearing much good fruit of God's Kingdom at Our Savior's Lutheran and in Osage."

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Hanson's path to the Lutheran ministry started many years ago. He grew up on a family farm 15 miles east of Fort Dodge and as a child was influenced greatly by his parents.

"My father and mother operated a family farm where neighbors helped neighbors. My family lived out their faith every day," recalled Hanson. "My father was a good Christian steward of his land, teaching me that the farm was on loan to us from God to preserve for future generations."

Hanson enrolled in classes at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in the fall of 1975, and in 1977-1978 was assigned an internship at Kent Lutheran Church in Kent, Washington.

Hansen graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in 1979 and accepted his first call to serve as an Associate Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. He was married to Dorothea Schultz on August 25, 1978.

In February of 1985 Hanson was informed that Our Savior's Lutheran in Osage was looking for an Associate Pastor. "I agreed to put my name in for an interview. The call committee interviewed me, and we (Dorothea and I) liked what we saw at Our Savior's and the community of Osage," Hansen reflected.

He accepted the call and began his ministry at Our Savior's in July of that year.


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