Beginning his call at First Lutheran Church on Oct. 1, Senior Pastor Reggie Denton was installed by Pastor Amy Odgren of the Northeast Minnesota Synod on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Pastor Denton graduated from Barnum High School and Gustavus Adolphus College. After college, he worked as a counselor at the Leo A. Hoffman Center, a residential treatment center for adolescent sex offenders, for two years. He heard God’s call when he was just a teenager and considered himself an atheist. Pastor Denton can trace his pastoral future to the day he was “born again” and credits his being invited to worship by his young Lutheran friends. He attended Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and graduated in 2000.
On his first call, he was the solo pastor of a two-point parish in Granville and Norwich, ND He was a member of the Western ND Synod Executive Committee, a member of the visioning task force for Camp Metigoshe, and a mentor in the GIFTS program. Moving to Robbinsdale, Minn. in 2006, he served as Associate Pastor and as Interim Senior Pastor for six months.
Pastor Denton served in Moose Lake since 2011 and helped grow the youth program there from 40 to 140 kids. He was instrumental in bringing technology in the form of screens and video clips and bringing more accessibility to his congregation. During this time, he also served on the Synod Council and chaired the area Ministerium.
When asked what brought him to First Lutheran, he said, “It was God’s call.” He said he was impressed with the church’s outreach programs, especially the various ways it feeds the community. “Feeding people is one step closer to their coming through the door to worship.” He’s all about accessibility and welcoming everyone. Enthusiastic about youth and family ministry, he plans to incorporate innovative and creative features to draw everyone into Christ’s family of faith.
Pastor Denton is looking forward to beginning his ministry here and becoming a part of the Aitkin community. First Lutheran is delighted to have Pastor Denton join them in their ministry and invites the community to welcome him and his family.