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Mission Statement

Chosen to Serve. Sharing the Journey. Making Christ Known.

Our History

The Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids was formed in March 1918 when Stordahl Church and St. Peter’s Lutheran congregations consolidated. The St. Peter’s Church was used for worship and Stordahl’s parsonage was used as the parsonage. On March 29, 1918 it was decided to enlarge the present church building and dig a basement under the new addition and a part of the old structure. A bell was placed in the church tower in 1921 and a new addition to the church was completed in 1923 at a cost of $4,000. The art window project began in 1936 and was completed in time for the church’s 75th anniversary. The pipe organ was installed in the fall of 1947, along with rebuilding the chancel, extending the choir stall, and other renovations. The Ray Wood property was purchased in 1959 and the construction of the Education Unit was begun in 1960. The facility provided eight large and five small classrooms for the Sunday School space. In 2003, the new sanctuary was completed.  The congregation voted in April 2016 to renovate the original chapel. 

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Our Staff


SORENSON, Pastor JeffRev. Dr. Jeff Sorenson

Rev. Dr. Jeff Sorenson has been serving as Senior Administrative Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids since August, 2016. Prior to coming to Dells, he served congregations in Sioux Falls, Madison, Aberdeen, and Edgemont, SD, and as an Assistant to the Bishop of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA. Pastor Jeff’s early years were on a farm in northern Minnesota. His education includes degrees from the University of Minnesota, Crookston and North Dakota State University, Fargo in Animal Science, and a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Seminary, St Paul. His wife, Siri is Senior Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Their family includes a daughter, Anna who is a senior, and son, Jorey who is a freshman at Brandon Valley High School. He also has two grown sons Mike (Alliance, NE) and Wayne with his three children (Aberdeen, SD). His family lives on an acreage north of Brandon. For fun, he loves to be outdoors - hunting, tending a large garden, caring for their acreage, and “playing” with a small herd of beef cattle that spend their summers there. Pastor Jeff enjoys people of all sorts, especially kids, loves to preach and preside at worship, to be creative, and to encourage a congregation to grow in our service to God’s mission. He also loves coffee; so invite him for coffee to get acquainted!

Youth Director

STANFORD, Sara_ Youth and Family DirectorSara Stanford

Sara has been with LCDR for 7 years this fall.  She work part time with our 5th-12th grade youth and families including youth group, fellowship activities, parent bible studies, and confirmation.  She has her Master's Degree in School Counseling and loves being able to talk about faith with the youth and help them grow closer to the Lord.  Sara is married to Justin and they have 3 children, Nealie age 7, Maesa, age 3 and Nash, 6 months old and they reside in Sioux Falls.

Education Coordinator

KRINGEN, Darcie_ Children's Education CoordinatorDarcie Kringen

Darcie has been serving as the Education Director since May of 2012. Darcie works with the Board of Education and coordinates Sunday School volunteers and curriculum. She also helps coordinate Vacation Bible School with the other area churches. You can find her most Sunday mornings running around making sure everything is going smoothly and that teachers, helpers, and kids have everything they need! Darcie and her husband Kevin keep very busy with their kids: Alex, Maddie, and Ethan. You might also find her occasionally filling in during worship, as she loves to play the piano.

Office Administrator

DUNN, Nancy_ Office AdministratorNancy Dunn

Nancy has been serving as the Office Administrator since February 2014. In addition to answering phones, she designs the monthly newsletter, prepares the weekly bulletins and Powerpoints, prepares the Annual Report, coordinates the Church council packets each month. Nancy also maintains member information and works closely with the Pastor to keep things running smoothly at LCDR.

Find Us

Located in Beautiful Dell Rapids, SD

Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids

701 Orleans Ave

Dell Rapids, SD 57022

Phone: (605) 428-3197

Sunday School:  9:30a.m

Worship times:  8:45a.m and 10:45a.m

Coffee Fellowship:  9:30a.m.

New Here?

New Member Class Schedule

Join us for New Member Classes on Sunday, Sept 24th at 12:00pm. Lunch will be served and you will have a chance to meet Council Members and here all about the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. We would love to have you join our congegration!

Time and Talents

Donate your time and talents. Print and submit your sign up sheet to the office.  

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