Lutherans in Minnesota

New WELS school dedicated in Redwood Falls

As most Minnesota students were putting together scissors and backpacks to prepare for the post-Labor Day return to school, some young people and their families in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, participated in the dedication of their private school, St. John Lutheran School. St. John is a school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

The school, with classes from preschool through 8th grade, opened on August 23. St. John Lutheran School is a ministry of St. John Lutheran Church, a WELS congregation in Redwood Falls.

Throwing open the door for a public reception, St. John pastor Michael Otterstatter offered a prayer to commit the building to God’s glory and the transformation of students’ lives. “We set apart this building to God,” he said.

Charles Degner, president of the Minnesota district of the WELS, told the Redwood Falls Gazette, “As I look at this building, it was beautifully planned. … But a school is more than just steel and cement and backboards and chalkboards, it’s about the people who make an impact on the next generation through the teaching of God’s word.”

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