Pastor Arne Bergland

Interim Senior Pastor

Pastor Bergland has more than 35 years of experience serving the church, most recently as the Lead Pastor at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Helena, Montana. He also served as the Director of Church Relations for the California Lutheran University and at various churches in Washington, Iowa, Montana and Alaska in various pastoral positions. Pastor Bergland has Minnesota roots, graduating from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and receiving his Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife are relocating from Montana to Minnesota, where their two adult children reside. He will begin his ministry at Augustana on August 3.

Deb Kielsmeier

Interim Pastor

What I do at Augustana
As a part-time associate pastor, I will have preaching, teaching and pastoral care responsibilities.

My favorite Bible verse
John 10:10b is one of my very favorites. “I have come so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” In Greek there are two words for ‘life’ – one is bios (think: biology or biography) and the second is zoe. (Yup, just like the girl’s name.) Jesus uses zoe here, and also when he proclaims, “I am the way, the truth and the life” in John 14:6.   Why? Well, bios refers to our earthly mortal life (or the material stuff of life.)  Zoe is the life that has always been and will never end. We may strive to get more life from material things (more bios) but in the end, we will be disappointed. But the life Jesus gives us is the true life we seek – abundant, vibrant, and eternal – a life we can enter into today. Wow, what a gift!

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me…
Quilting and listening to audiobooks. (It can be a bit of an obsession!) I also love to garden, hike, ski, and travel. Best of all though, is hanging out with the kids, grandkids and extended family.

One more thing I’d like you to know
I love stories and story-telling. I love hearing how God shows up in so many different ways in the lives of ordinary folks.