Our Interns

Since the beginning of Prairie Faith we have been fortunate to have been assigned an intern each year. The purpose of an internship year is to experience ministry, reflect on what was learned from the experience (including Biblical/theological reflection) and to develop Pastoral identity. Pastor Randy is the supervisor for the Prairie Faith internship site and works with each intern to accomplish their internship goals.


Members of St. John & Emanuel congregations are the most directly involved with the Intern on a daily basis. These congregations have proved that they are very flexible about things like schedules and learning opportunities. For example, the interns may plan and lead a variety of worship experiences, although we often are not that fond of variety!

Now just look at how many there have been!! All of us of Prairie Faith have been part of their training and especially those that so tirelessly serve on the internship committee. During the internship year we have provided feedback, experience, and direction for future Pastors of the ELCA and they are quite literally taking that experience all over the world.

Where are they now?

Intern Hayden Kvamme

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 IMG 0374Seminarian Alexandra Smith 2016-2017: Has returned to Wartburg Seminary to complete her last year of seminary. Look for updates in the newsletter.











BRUDVIG-JON-129Pastor Jon Brudvig 2014- 2015: Ordained July 15, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, IA. Pastor Jon will be returning to the Central States Synod with his wife Pastor Barb Jones. They have been called to serve as co-pastors at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend, Ks.

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Pastor Marie Sager: 2013-2014. Marie was ordained September 19, 2015 at her home church, Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN. Marie has been called to serve as Pastor at Trinity Luthern Church, Hays Ks. She has come back to serve in our very own Central States Synod. 

Paul Rosin

Pastor Paul Rosin: 2012-2013. Paul Albert Rosin was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament Sunday, July 6, 2014 at our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colorado. Paul has been called to serve as Pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church in Austin, Colorado.



Erik Grayvold2Pastor Erik Grayvold: 2011-2012. Erik Lee Grayvold was ordained  on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Ewen, MI. Erik has been called to serve as Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Chesterton, Inidana. Contact information: primary e-mail: grayvolde@gmail.com">facebook: Erik Grayvold (Grayvey),






Dana Helsing

Pastor Dana M. Helsing: 2010-2011, Christ the King Lutheran Church, PO Box 48, Goldendale, WA 98620, (509) 773-5750, E-mail: danahelsing@hotmail.com"


Melinda McClusky

Melinda McClusky: 2009-2010, associate Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, Iowa. View her ordination by clicking on the following link: http://salemlutheranlakemills.weebly.com/      

Ann Klavano1

Pastor Ann M. Klavano: 2008-2009 after serving as  an ELCA missionary,  in Papua New Guinea for three years, Pastor Ann is now back in the states. She is currently visiting family and friends and renewing friendships.


Toby Burk

Pastor Toby J. Burk: 2007-2008: After a couple of years in a Nebraska congregation Toby finally made it back to Texas. He is now an Associate Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church, 1500 Salem Rd, Brenham, TX 77833, (979) 836-9320

Chris Heinhold

Pastor Christopher Heinold: 2006 – 2007, St. James Lutheran Church, PO Box 250, Ganado, TX 77962, (361) 771-2461, E-mail: chrisheinold@hotmail.com"


Suellen 3Pastor Suellen Bahleda: 2005-2006, after nine years at Resurrection Lutheran Church,  in Juneau, AK , Pastor Suellen has recently accepted a call at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Portland, OR.

D J Rasner

Pastor Donald J. Rasner: 2004 – 2005, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1000 W Quincy St. Hancock, MI 49930, (906) 482-2381. Pastor DJ and his youth group recently stopped by and spent the night at BLC and attended church at St. John. Great to see them!!


Tim Rahn

Pastor Tim Rahn: 2003 – 2004, served the Lutheran Parish of Western Kansas for several years.  His wife carol has now retired and they have moved to San Antonio, TX. He served as intentional interims within the SW Texas Synod for a few years. Currently he is on leave from call and working for the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, Driver\'s License Div. Carol and Tim continue to enjoy life here in San Antonio.

Barry Levine

Pastor Barry Levine: 2002-2003, began his Internship with Our Redeemer and finished with Prairie Faith. Pastor Barry has recently accepted a new call as chaplain at Homme Home, a long term care and rehab center in Wittenberg, WI and Forest Park Village. This is an independent and long term care community in Wausau, WI.

Rev, Barry Levine [rev-lev@att.net]

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