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New pastor to arrive at St. Andrew

Rev. Adam Harvala is pictured with his wife, Kasey, and three children. Submitted photo

Rev. Adam D. Harvala has accepted the position of assistant pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in West Fargo.

Harvala previously served in the Minnesota South District before coming to North Dakota. He is a 2007 graduate of Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, Missouri and a 2003 graduate of Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.

Harvala graduated from high school in Carrington, N.D. His mother was a music teacher in th district and his father, Rev. Larry Harvala was a pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Carrington, where he was confirmed. The senior Harvala is a past district president of the North Dakota District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Harvala’s wife, Kasey (Hanson) attended St. Johns Lutheran in Hillsboro, N.D., growing up. The couple have three children and are expecting another.

His primary functions will be preaching, teaching one of the three years of confirmation and assisting in ministering to shut-ins. He will be serving with Rev. Clark H. Jahnke, who has served St. Andrew for 22 years, Ken Koehler, the director of Christian education and youth ministry, who has served St. Andrew almost 39 years, and Emily Leising, who joined the staff in January as a director of Christian education intern for Concordia University in Seward, Neb.

St. Andrew in West Fargo serves over a 1,000 baptized members and 700 communicants and is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Harvala’s installation will be held at 1:30 p.m. June 8 and conducted by the Rev. David Wagner, circuit visitor of the Eastern Circuit on behalf of the district president. Rev. Michael Giddings, a fellow classmate from Concordia Seminary-St. Louis and pastor of Crosspointe Lutheran in Fargo will preach at the service. A reception will follow.