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Home Missions Director:

Pastor Paul M. Nash

One word could sum up Pastor Nash's life – passion. Passion for the Word of God and for the local congregation. Pastor Paul M. Nash has been the Director of AFLC Home Missions since 1995. He graduated from AFLBS in 1973, Moorhead State University in 1976, and the Association Free Lutheran Seminary in 1979.

Pastor Nash married his Bible School sweetheart, Laurie Dietsche, in 1974. Together they have three children and nine grandchildren. Their decades of ministry together have taken them to four different congregations in MI, ND, MN, and TX. Two of these were Home Mission churches, which gave him an on-the-ground understanding of the everyday challenges and joys that a mission congregation experiences.

Among his unique interests, Pastor Nash is a licensed pilot, flying as a Search and Rescue for many years. He now uses his flight training to minister to AFLC congregations across America.


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Free Lutheran Association of Pilot Supporters (FLAPS) Director:

Mr. Lavon O. Bohling

Lavon Bohling has been married to Fern since 1962. Together Lavon and Fern have three children and eight grandchildren.

Lavon earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 1965 and a Masters degree in Aerospace Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1973.  His prior work experience includes teaching high school science and working for two manufacturing companies in Kansas and Nebraska. An active pilot since 1967, flying has been a significant part of his work for nearly all of his working life. He holds Commercial and Flight Instructor certificates plus several additional ratings.

Lavon was called to work in the AFLC  Missions office in 2001 and recently resigned from that position January 2012. He still serves as executive director of FLAPS, the Free Lutheran Association of Pilot Supporters.


Director of Resource Management


Mr. Loren Tungseth 

Loren Tungseth and his wife Sharon live in Fergus Falls, MN. Loren's expertise is accounting and finance, a field he worked in for 38 years before retiring from ShoreMaster, Inc. spring 2011.

Loren has an inside view of Home Missions, having worked closely with Director Paul Nash as a valued member of the Home Missions Committee from 2002-2011. The Home Missions Committee called Loren for a new part-time position as Director of Resource Management summer of 2011. His three fold job description is 1) to oversee teh AFLC Home Mission work in Alaska. 2) TO help oversee the presentation of Home Mission ministry opportunities (Come Join Us) to the ALFC. 3) To help oversee and steward AFLC Home Mission finances.

 


Administrative Assistant:

Mrs. Christie Friestad

Christie is a Minnesota transplant (2009) from the Hill Country of Glen Rose, TX. Christie grew up in a pastor's home, and watched firsthand the establishment of an AFLC Home Mission congregation. Christie and Chad Friestad (AFLBS Director of Student Development) were married August 2011. Together they have a heart for discipleship, hospitality, and serving ministry workers. Christie is actively involved with mission mobilization among students on the AFLBS campus. 

Christie graduated with a BA in Communications from Thomas Edison State College in 2003. Before coming to the Home Missions office, Christie enjoyed working as a Program Advisor for CollegePlus! a Christian college mentoring program. Christie is also a Gospel chalk artist, presenting chalk talks at churches, camps, and special events.  

 


Home Missions Committee

Chairman:
Rev. Richard Long, Arlington, WA

Vice Chairman:
Mr. Willis Kettelhut, Deshler, NE

Secretary:
Rev. Joe Ocker, Frost, MN

Members:
Rev. Dale Finstrom, Fertile, MN
Mr. Carl Busse, Humbolt, TN
Mr. Bob Christian, Newark, IL
Mr. Ron Jorgenson, Beulah, ND

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HM Support Staff - Women's Ministries
 
Mrs. Laurie Nash 

Laurie (Dietsche) Nash married her Bible School sweetheart, Pastor Paul Nash and is the mother of three children and nine grandchildren.  She graduated from AFLBS in 1973, studied piano for a year at University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI and graduated from North Dakota State School of Science in 1975 as a LPN. She has served as a pastor’s wife in four congregations and now as a valuable ministry partner when her husband took the call as Home Missions Director in 1995. In addition to supporting and traveling with her husband to various Home Mission congregations, she serves as a liaison for International students at AFLBS and AFLTS.  She is a gifted pianist and blesses many congregations with her musical worship.
 
 

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HM Support Staff - Evangelism

Pastor Jim Rasmussen

Pastor Jim Rasmussen was born into a Christian home in rural ND. He and Jane married in 1972 and together they have four sons, three daughters-in-laws, and three beautiful grandchildren.

Jim attended AFLBS and later North Dakota State University, where he earned a B.S in Agriculture. Jim farmed for several years before yielding to the call of God to attend the Association Free Lutheran Seminary. After graduating from AFLTS in 1988, the Rasmussen family spent ten years serving at Grace Free Lutheran in Edinburg, ND and Victory Free Lutheran in Park River, ND.

In 1998 God moved the Rasmussen’s to Minneapolis, where Jim accepted a call as AFLC Director of Evangelism. One aspect of Pastor Rasmussen’s ministry is providing evangelism training for new Home Mission congregations.

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HM Support Staff:

Pastor Al Monson

Pastor Al Monson was born in Fargo, ND. He attended Moorhead State College and later Independent Lutheran Seminary.  He is married to Connie and currently pastors Calvary Free Lutheran, a Home Mission congregation in Mesa, AZ.

Prior to serving at Calvary, Pastor Monson spent time on the Home Mission committee. When Home Missions puts on special training events for new churches, we like to call in Pastor Monson. His enthusiasm is contagious and he shares, practical, creative ideas for church ministry “outside the box.”
  

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HM Support Staff:

Pastor Ollie Olson

Pastor Oliver (Ollie) Olson attended the Univ. of Minnesota and Northwestern Theo. Seminary. He has served congregations in Duluth, MN, Minneapolis, MN, Fridley, MN, and Hawthorne, CA. He taught at California Lutheran Bible School and Omaha Bible School, and teaches today at Living Word Ministries in California. His pastoral experience brings valuable training for our Home Mission congregations.

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HM Support Staff - Parish Builder Training

Pastor Jim Johnson 

Pastor Jim Johnson is married to his lovely bride Linda, father to nine children, and Pastor of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran in Camarillo, CA.  

Pastor Jim is graduate of AFLBS, the University of MN, former sports journalist, and graduate of the Free Lutheran seminary in 1992. He came to serve as Dean of the Free Lutheran Bible School in 1996. He enthusiastically ministered to thousands of college students over his 10 year tenure as Dean. The Johnson’s sensed God’s call into church planting ministry, and in 2006 they moved to Camarillo to work with Good Shepherd, a new AFLC church plant. Pastor Jim serves as a trainer and advisor in the development of Parish Building ministry.