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First call brings new pastor to Ellsworth area churches

Pastor Mary Eide described her pursuit of the ministry as "kind of a surprise."

Eide said she was having a conversation with a seminary student who had come to visit her then-Minot, N.D., home and learn what rural life was like. The visitor shared her sermon of call to the ministry, inspiring her host.

"Now I can look back at events in my life that led me there," the new pastor at Bethlehem and Eidsvold Lutheran Churches in Ellsworth and Bay City, respectively, said Thursday.

Meantime, there was another surprise to come. Five years after the conversation she credits for her decision, she said her first call is making it possible to renew her acquaintance with that former seminary student in person. Amy Fondroy Eich is now pastor at Joy Lutheran Church in nearby Prescott.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 20.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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