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Pastor Vern and Dee are very thankful to God for the wonderful years serving Grace Lutheran congregation!

Pastor Vern served his Vicarage (Internship) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalispell, Montana. This is where he met Dee in 1981 and where they were married in August 1983.

First called as missionary-at-large to western North Dakota in 1983, Pastor Sandersfeld served the dual parish at Grassy Butte and newly established Watford City, North Dakota. They were called to Whitefish, Montana in 1988, and then to Sherwood, Oregon in 1997. In Sept 2006 they were called to Grace Lutheran in Hamilton, MT. It was good to be home!

To everything there is a season. After 40 years in the ministry, Pastor Vern is officially retired as of October 31, 2023. 

"We are looking forward to spending time with our kids & grandkids, traveling, creating and having more availability to help family when needed. We are very thankful for the kind sending and ending on Reformation Day 2023. Folks were so good with gifts, sentiments and prayers. It is proper that we now take a necessary hiatus from our local congregation, so although we remain in the Bitterroot Valley, we will be visiting sister congregations and in due time, perhaps serving pulpit supply when needed. You might even catch PV on his new electric bike! Thank you all!"

We hope that you will encourage one another by your faithful fellowship and worship together. The grass withers, the flowers fade; the word of the Lord endures forever!

God is good! He is worth worship! Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life!

Let God order your life and trust God to carry every day of your past and every day to come.

In Christ Jesus, our Lord    


Pastor Vern Sandersfeld