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Celebrating 50 years

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What: Worship service to celebrate the Rev. Terry Anderson's milestone of 50 years as an ordained minister

When: 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18

Where: Montpelier Lutheran Church, 305 5th Ave., Montpelier

Details: A worship service starts at 9:30 a.m., and a fellowship hour with cake and an opportunity to thank Anderson and his wife for their service will follow. If anyone is interested in joining the choir for the worship service, go to the church at 8:45 a.m. for rehearsal.


Being involved in ministry wasn't the Rev Terry Anderson's first choice as a career when he went to college. But after serving as an ordained minister for 50 years, Montpelier Lutheran Church will recognize the pastor for his years of service on Sunday, June 18, at the church in Montpelier.

Anderson, who has resided in Jamestown since 1991, became an ordained minister on June 18, 1967. He was ordained by the American Lutheran Church, which is now known as Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

"I really appreciate the opportunity to preach for all these years and to tell stories," Anderson said. "You meet such wonderful people and many different kinds of people. The people have to know that you care about them, and so I have been fortunate in that way too."

He served at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jamestown and has been the pastor at Montpelier Lutheran Church for the last 10 1/2 years.

Shelly Jystad, Montpelier Lutheran Church Council member, said Anderson has always been in excellent communicator of the Gospel. She said he is very humble, approachable, never sets himself apart from others as being better, and is always interested in the people he talks to.

"I think his understanding of the Gospel of grace and his humor and ability to communicate articulately offers hope to those who are in his congregation," she said. "He is very willing to serve and that is evident through all his community service."

When Anderson, who graduated from high school in Bagley, Minn., first went to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., his initial plan was to major in music and direct bands and choir. He also shifted to being an English major.

Anderson said he hung out with people who were planning on majoring in music. Then some of his friends had to take Greek to prepare for seminary, so Anderson did the same.

"Some of those guys were going to seminary, and I thought I would go for a year and see what that is like, and if I don't pursue that, at least I will have a year of studying theology," he said.

After he graduated from Concordia College with a degree in English and a minor in philosophy, he attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He said he also studied for one year in Jamestown in the mid-1970s in a program called clinical pastoral education, and he studied at the North Dakota State Hospital for one year.

Anderson was the first pastor of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, which was just started, in Townsend, Mont. He also served at United Lutheran and Calvary Lutheran churches in Grand Forks.

Anderson has also been affiliated with the University of Jamestown, formerly Jamestown College, for 25 years. He has narrated the choir's Christmas concerts for 22 years, taught classes at the university and served as interim chaplain three times at UJ.

He has also served the community. He has served on the Jamestown Public School Board, the board of directors for Jamestown Hospital and Jamestown Regional Medical Center as well as playing in the pit orchestras for Jamestown High School and UJ.

Anderson was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

"I'm just thankful to God for his presence and guidance for all these years," he said. "I am very grateful for my family and kids. My wife, Sue, and the kids have been great. I have had some wonderful friends who have been supportive as well."