Pastor Mark Orf was installed as Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Pastor Mark, a St. Paul, Minnesota native, along with his wife Heather, and children Nathan (5) and Chloe (4) joined the congregation at Gloria Dei after serving the sole congregation of Shishmaref, AK.
Pastor Mark served in the US Army and received his Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in December 2010. During his vicarage (Pastoral Internship) he served the congregation of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Avon, Connecticut.
Pastor Mark has a heart of a servant and enjoys meeting with the members of Gloria Dei and the community of Anchorage where they are at in their lives and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ whenever he is able to do so.
The Orfs enjoy family time and are excited to share their love for spending time together! They are Minnesota Twins fans and enjoy the winter sport of hockey as spectators and participants. With Nathan in Kindergarten, Chloe in Preschool, and Heather serving the community as a registered nurse employed by Alaska Women's Health, they have a busy schedule! However they are always excited to visit and share their love and joy with the members and friends of Gloria Dei!
We, as a congregation, feel blessed and look forward to the continued ministry that God is calling us to live out together.