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Hagerstown church gets new pastor

May 06, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

The Rev. Eric Norgard is the new pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

Norgard earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., and his Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

He came to Hagerstown from Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he was since 2001.

Norgard was spiritual adviser at the Keystone Treatment Center in South Dakota, and pastored at Grace Lutheran Church in Needham, Mass., and Fox Point Lutheran Church and Independence Lutheran Parish in Wisconsin.

He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 10 years and have two daughters, Betsy, 5, and Kristina, 7.

Norgard has been active in continuing education and a variety of certifications during this years in ministry. He also has participated in community and church-related events in the communities he has served.

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Norgard said Evangelical Lutheran Church of America congregations - with confidence in their confessional core and obedience to an evangelical imperative - have a chance of overcoming traditionalized limitations.

"This is absolutely vital to a denomination confronted by a decline in numbers," he said in a prepared statement. "My sense of call is affirmed by everyday opportunities to serve the needs of those who are open to experiencing God's grace."

Trinity Lutheran Church is on North Potomac Street at Randolph Avenue. Contemporary worship is at 8:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Traditional worship begins at 10:45 a.m.

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