It’s been a journey of faith for Kurt Hagestuen. Baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Aitkin, Kurt was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ECLA) on June 22 at his home church amid a large gathering of family, friends and contingent of Heartland Conference and NE Minnesota Synod pastors. Long-time friend, Pastor Sarah Cordray, and her family from Syracuse, Neb., were also guests.
Rev. Tom Aitken, bishop of the NE Minnesota Synod, presided over the festive service with several of the guest pastors participating in the Rite of Ordination. Kurt personally chose the scripture readings, hymns and special music, “Known,” performed by Sam Sadlowsky, Nathan and Aliana Hagestuen. Participating as communion assistants were Kurt’s sisters, Rebecca Wyffels and Naomi Lafrenz, and brother, Erik Hagestuen. Patricia Lundeen, Music Director and organist at Crosslake Lutheran Church, was the guest organist. A celebration luncheon and fellowship time was held after the service.
Kurt, a 1987 Aitkin High School graduate, attended Concordia College, Moorhead, for one year before starting Kurt Hagestuen Construction Company. He served as a part-time youth director at First Lutheran for seven years.
In 2012, Kurt responded to the call to full-time ministry by enrolling at Central Lakes College and St. Scholastic and completed his college degree in Organizational Behavior. In the fall semester of 2014, he began a five-year program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, commuting between on-campus and online classes. During that time he served the Cedar Lake Norwegian Lutheran Church in Aitkin and interned at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake. On May 19, Kurt graduated with his Master of Divinity degree.
Pastor Hagestuen has accepted the position of associate pastor at Crosslake Lutheran Church and will begin serving that congregation on July 8. The service of installation will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sep. 22, with a meal and fellowship time to follow.
Pastor Hagestuen, his wife, Kelly, and children, Jacob, Nathan, Joshua and Aliana reside in Aitkin.