Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Bethany Lutheran Church –
The first congregation of the Bethany Lutheran Church was organized in September, 1887 by Ibriam Livius Lundeby. The first regular pastor for Bethany Lutheran was the Rev. J.U.Pederson, who served from 1887 to 1891. Construction of the first churc was started in 1895 and completed in 1896. The building was located on the site that would later be occupied by Mitchell Hardware and today is Val’s Cyclery – the corner of Third Street and Central Avenue SE. In the spring of 1912 this church was moved to a new location at Third St and Third Ave SE and eventually remodeled into the present day Church by 1915. The educational facility was added in 1953.