CALVARY FREE LUTHERAN CHURCH
On December 14, 1967, individuals interested in forming a new Scripture-based congregation in Fergus Falls gathered for an informational meeting in the Community Room of the Security State Bank. After meeting with Rev. John Strand, President of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations on January 11, 1968, the group decided to affiliate with the AFLC.
On Sunday, January 28, 1968, the first Sunday School and Worship Service was held at the National Guard Armory. On March 4, 1968, the name CALVARY FREE LUTHERAN CHURCH was chosen. The AFLC Constitution was also adopted at this time. Services continued to be held at the Armory until the former Evangelical United Brethren Church located on North Union Avenue became available for rent. The first service was held there Easter Sunday 1968. The Sunday School, Luther League, and Ladies Aid were all organized in 1968.
Property at the junction of county roads 1 and 111 was purchased for the new location for the congregation in the spring of 1971. Ground-breaking for the new facility took place on September 30, 1973. The first service was held in the present building on Sunday, July 7, 1974. Dedication Services were held three months later on Sunday, October 20, 1974.
On March 28, 1977, Calvary Free Lutheran and Stiklestad Free Lutheran Churches joined to form a two-point parish. Soon the need for a larger facility became evident. The ground-breaking for Calvary's new sanctuary took place Sunday, August 15, 1993.
During 1998, the need for additional space encouraged the church to add another section to the back of the new sanctuary. Included in this addition, is a youth room, two storage facilities, a library, three offices, a lounge, an additional classroom and a restroom.
1968 Forrest Swenson (Seminary Student)
1968 Marvin Tungseth (Layman)
1968-1974 Julius Hermunslie
1974-1977 Ronald Hoehne
1977-1978 Julius Hermunslie, Harry Molstre, Melvin Walla (Retired Pastors)
1978-1981 Forrest Swenson
1981-1982 Donald Brue (interim)
1982-1984 Roger Krueger (lay-pastor)
1984-1985 David Rinden (interim)
1985-2000 Rodger Olson
1999-2007 Jason Holt (Associate Pastor)
2001-Present Jim Johnson
2008-Present Eric Rasmussen (Associate Pastor)