The Rev. Kristine Stedje will be installed as pastor at First Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon.
The 4 p.m. Installation Worship Service will be held at the church, 3939 Cheyenne Blvd. It will be followed by a celebration dinner in Fellowship Hall.
Stedje succeeds the Rev. Alan Wicks as the church’s senior pastor. Most recently, she served at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
A native of Kalispell, Montana, Stedje attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle, receiving a biblical studies degree. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and worked in human resources, first for the Pillsbury Company, then at Qwest Communications.
Following a lengthy career in human resources, Stedje decided to switch careers and become a minister. She graduated from Luther Seminary, also in St. Paul, and, during her tenure, served as an intern at St. John Lutheran Church in Arthur, N.D. She was ordained at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 2014 before accepting the call in Menomonie.
The public is invited to attend the afternoon event.