Published On: Fri, Jul 14th, 2017

Area parishioners welcome Pastor Hjelmstad to Concord Concordia

Pastor Christine, Bella and Eric  Hjelmstad

CONCORD — Concord Concordia Lutheran and Allen First Lutheran Churches were excited to welcome their new minister Christine Hjelmstad on July 2 at their services.
The first question people ask her is how do you pronounce your last name?  Her name is pronounced Helmstad, the j is silent.
Christine and her husband Eric came from a parish in Ruskin. Ruskin is located in south central Nebraska, 12 miles from the Kansas border and 15 miles from anything else with a population of 120 people said Christine.
Christine grew up in Arvada, Colo., a suburb of Denver and enjoys reading and hiking. Eric is a native from Colorado Springs and loves playing hockey. Between the two of them they have five children, four live in Colorado and one dog.
Isabella “Bella” is their granddaughter they have adopted. She is seven years old and will start the second grade in the fall.
Eric works at Malloy Electric in Dakota Dunes, S.D. as a machinist.

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