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Winds of the Prairie Ministries is a parish consisting of two churches: Bethany Lutheran in Arco, Minnesota and Bethany-Elim Lutheran in Ivanhoe, Minnesota. We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Southwestern Minnesota Synod.
When Lutherans talk about faith, we are talking about the relationship God's Holy Spirit creates with us. It's a relationship where God's promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.
God has planted us in rich prairie soil to nourish the faaith, reach out with the good news of Christ, and to serve our neighbors.
Winds of the Prairie Ministries is proud to announce we have received a settled pastor, Pastor Jeff Greathouse started with us on November 1, 2018
Pastor Jeff grew up in New Cumberland, WV, he went to New Cumberland Elementary and Jr. High, and then Oak Glen High School. He graduated in 1990, and went on to obtain a BA in Christian Education from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL. He graduated there in 1994. He received his MA from Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, OH in 1996. He also has a BA from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. Pastor Jeff received his TEEM Certificate in 2018 from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. Prior to coming to us, Pastor Jeff worked in multiple churches in many states over the last 20 years.\, most of these were working with children, youth and family ministry. Outside of ministry he has worked part-time or seasonal jobs in retail and industry.
Pastor Jeff has been married to Stacey for 24 years and they have three children that will be around the area. Isaiah will attend the University of South Dakota, Jacob will attend the University of Minnesota TC and Bethany will attend Marshall High School. Along with his current position at WOTP you will also find Pastor Jeff working at Lutheran Campus Ministry on the campus of Southwestern Minnesota State University.
Pastor Jeff is looking forward to leading worship and presiding over the sacraments of communion and baptism with the community, and spending time with the congregation simply doing life together!
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