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Association of Free Lutheran Congregations burned mortgage on campus student center

The Annual Conference of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) returned to the campus of the AFLC schools in Plymouth, Minnesota, June 15-18. While on campus, attendees celebrated the elimination of the debt on the recently constructed student center and classroom building named Heritage Hall. A mortgage burning ceremony was held during the conference.

From left, Pastor Jeremy and Lacey Crowell and Margaret and Pastor Robert Lee were commissioned as new missionaries to Naknek, Alaska, at the 2010 AFLC Annual Conference in Plymouth, Minnesota. Both pastors are 2010 graduates of the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary. Photo provided by Christie Ballmann

Conference participants passed a resolution encouraging the AFLC Schools Corporation to begin consideration of the next phase of building construction on campus. The schools’ Board of Trustees spoke of the need in particular for additional dorm space on campus.

The present women’s dorm on campus has been officially named Trygve Dahle Hall and the men’s dorm has been named John Strand Hall. A service of dedication of the chapel building was held during the conference in the recently renovated chapel which has been named Hans Nielsen Hauge Memorial Chapel. (See “AFLTS president catches up on Lutheran news.”)

In addition, a commissioning service was held for Jonni Silver, who will be serving at the Miriam Infant Home in Campo Mourao, Brazil. The Rev. Andy and Monica Coyle were introduced as missionary candidates preparing to move to the Ukraine in 2011 to help start a Bible school. The conference closed with an ordination service. Among those ordained were Robert W. Lee and Jeremy Crowell who will both soon begin service in Naknek, Alaska.

The Rev. Elden Nelson was re-elected as president of the AFLC. The Rev. Michael Brandt was re-elected vice president and the Rev. Brian Davidson was re-elected as secretary.

About 560 people attended the conference, which next year will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. More information can be found at the AFLC Web site.

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