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Prairie Star Ministries welcomes Amy Swenson

By: Norma Dittman, staff writer

September 21, 2012

Amy Swenson. Swenson Intern Pastor for Prairie Star Ministries 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
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Amy Swenson. Swenson Intern Pastor for Prairie Star Ministries
Intern Amy Swenson. Swenson
Prairie Star Ministries members recently welcomed intern Amy Swenson. Swenson will work with church members at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Fulda, First Lutheran Church, Dundee, Amo Lutheran Church, Storden, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Heron Lake, and Grace Lutheran Church, rural Worthington.

She grew up in Underwood, MN, (located near Fergus Falls), and is a graduate of Underwood High School.

Following high school, Swenson attended Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor degree in Religion. She participated in a service-type organization called Outreach Ministries which allowed her to be a part of several congregational teams who were sent to area churches to aid in leading worship. Community teams would also lead youth programs on Saturday evenings.

“The goals of the Outreach teams were to build relationships with neighboring congregations and share God’s love with the youth in our area,” Swenson explained.

During two years of college, Swenson worked as a camp counselor for Camp Emmaus, one of three Pathways Bible Camps. Camp Emmaus is located near Menahga, MN, and surrounds Lake Morgan. “It was from working at camp that I began working at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo,” Swenson stated. “I started working there my senior year of college. I grew up in a small church congregation with a pastor and a part-time secretary. I didn’t imagine what being a full-time youth minister would be like. I worked there for seven years,” Swenson said.

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