Al Solmonson

Interim Pastor

My Dad asked if he had time to get another load of hay. The nurse attending my Mom gave thumbs up. She was wrong. I was born between two loads of hay in an Iowa farm house in 1937. The farm is deeply embedded in my heart. My Dad wanted me to take over the farm after high school but gave in to my request to go to college. I graduated from St. Olaf (Minnesota) and followed that with four years at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. I served as full time pastor in congregations in Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Upon retirement, I completed four interim ministries… all of them in Alaska. I served Shepherd of the Valley from 1985 to 1995 and returned October 27th, 2019 to begin serving as their interim pastor.

I am married to Mary Ann and we are blessed with twelve grandchildren ranging in ages from six to twenty seven. We just celebrated the wedding of the first grandchild to marry. Mary Ann and I love Alaska and spend much time in Petersburg where I was called to do two interims seven years apart. Mary Ann is addicted to her sewing machines and her creations have touched the hearts of many. My addiction is two-fold: Counted-cross-stitching and fishing. Some of my creations with thread and catches with hook and line have also brought warmth to many.

If you are reading this on our website and would like to taste “worship-time” at Shepherd of the Valley we warmly invite you to come worship with us. We believe that we are saved by God’s Grace, given to us as a Gift by Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. Our mission statement is “We are a caring community touched by Christ, touching others for Christ! Welcome to Shepherd of the Valley!


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