Pastor Dennis Nelson retires after 23 years at Bethel Lutheran
A passing of the torch service will be held the second Sunday of August at Bethel Lutheran Church.
The Rev. Dennis R. Nelson, the church's senior pastor for the past 23 years, will hand the leadership to incoming Pastor John Lestock, who previously served at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, Minn.
Lestock will play the role of Joshua and he will be Moses, Nelson joked during a conversation in his office in the parish's downtown church Monday afternoon.