Although I am a native of Rhode Island where my dad was a Lutheran pastor, I grew up in Miami, Florida. After graduating from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, I received my Masters of Divinity degree from Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. It was a wonderfully scenic and historic place to live. It was during my Intern year in Aitkin, Minnesota, serving two rural churches, that I fell in love with my wife, Pam. Never did I imagine that I’d be returning to Aitkin for family vacations and, eventually, owning my father-in-law’s lake home! But that’s what happened.
Prior to coming to Hawley as Interim Pastor in August of 2018, I had spent 39 years serving as senior pastor of a large urban church in Philadelphia. There Pam & I also raised 4 children and were actively involved in the community. More recently I was privileged to be an associate pastor to Morningside Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa for 6 years.
Among my personal interests are my family and their well-being, my faith, photography, history, walking in the woods, and travel. Europe, especially Norway and Sweden, is a favorite destination. I live thankfully, knowing I am living a grace-filled life. I hope you are, too!
I was born (Mankato) and raised in St. Francis, Minnesota! I graduated from Concordia University St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a bachelor’s degree in education with a Lutheran minor. From Concordia I taught in Lutheran schools for six years in both Minnesota and Iowa. 10+ years’ working with children/youth ministries.
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A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't remember the Psalm.
After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation,Rick was so nervous, when it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know."
Maria graduated from High School in Alberta, MN and attended college. She is a Registered Nurse and has a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration. She is the Senior Director for Enterprise Dialysis with Sanford Health. Maria is married to Tim and they have four children, one grandson, and one on the way! She has been a church organist/pianist for over 40 years, serving in many congregations. One of her passions in music. “God speaks to me mostly through music!” Maria is active as organist, pianist, and choir accompanist for Hawley Lutheran Church.
Casey was born and raised with Hawley Lutheran Church in her backyard. As an RN at Sanford Health in Fargo, she is dedicated to the work of health and healing. Outside of her love for nursing, she has a passion for event planning. Casey and the love of her life, Nick, are parents to son, Kohen, and daughter, Kylin. Serving the church as a Wedding Coordinator, she looks forward to working with couples during such an exciting time in their lives.
Lori Buhaug is a life long member of Park Lutheran Church. As of October 2018, she has been employed here at Hawley Lutheran Church for 9 years.
She is very thankful for her job and to know the members of Hawley Lutheran Church.
Elaine Holmes Kluck graduated from high school in Oakes ND and college from Valley City State University with a music education degree. She taught grades K-12 Vocal and Instrumental music in Edinburg, ND for 2 years before moving to Hawley in 1980. She taught mostly vocal music in Hawley for 34 years, retiring in 2014. She married Gerry Kluck in 1981. They have 3 daughters, Allison, married to Jason Stuart who live in Dilworth; Megan, married to Patrick Brejcha who live in Wahpeton; and Gretchen, married to Dustin Hjelmstad who live in Moorhead. Elaine and Gerry are the proud grandparents of Annika, Sophia and Lane Stuart; and Noah and Caleb Brejcha.
Elaine has served as Sanctuary Choir director for over 30 years. She has directed the SONic singers for 5 years. She also serves as pianist for the Worship on Wednesday music team. "I feel serving God through music is a special blessing. I love what I do!" Elaine also works with the mission team which serves our community and nation helping with fundraisers that help those less fortunate. "Growing up as an Episcopalian, church has always been a very important part of my life. Hawley Lutheran is a loving and giving church family and one that I am very proud to serve".
Dave Tuil grew up in Parkers Prairie, MN. He moved to Hawley in 1968 and was Manager of Hawley Creamery. He was employed at State Bank of Hawley for 40 years. Was church treasurer from 2000-2010 and Assistant to treasurer 2010-2018. Dave is married Glenna. They have 2 children and 2 grand-children.