Rev. Neal Solomonson<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Rev. Neal Solomonson

On Feb. 17, the Wilmington Lutheran Church congregation of rural Spring Grove welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Neal R. Solomonson.

Council president Tyler Engen introduced and welcomed Pastor Neal, as he likes to be addressed, to his first worship service with the congregation.

Fellowship and a noon potluck meal provided an opportunity for introductions and getting acquainted.

Bishop Jim Arends will conduct an installation service at a later date.

Pastor Neal has been an ordained minister for 25 years. Prior to Wilmington, he served nine years at the First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy.

He lives in Decorah, Iowa, with his wife, Nancy, who is pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church at Locust, Iowa, and the Hauge Lutheran Church, Decorah.