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The Lutnes Years

Pastor Robert W. Lutnes was Pastor for the Student Congregation at Pacific Lutheran College (PLC) from the time that it was established in 1955 until 1958. Prior to being pastor at PLC, he taught English there for two years. He is the author of Ever One God (Augsburg Publishing House, 1955). In 1954 he wrote a pageant called "The Eternal Slave" for PLC's Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration. Events that took place during his time as pastor were Mission Emphasis Week, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Family Life Conference, and the founding of the Student Congregation.

The Larsgaard Years

Pastor Larsgaard was Pastor of Student Congregation and University Chaplain at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1959 to 1969. During Larsgaard's time, PLU hosted Spiritual Emphasis Week, Mission Emphasis Week, and Faith in Life Week, as well as the Family Life Conference. In 1967, chapel attendance was changed from mandatory to voluntary. Associate Pastors during Larsgaard's time were Malmin (1960-1962), Moe (1961-1967), Kraabel (1962-1967), Shefveland (1965-1967) and Dalton (1967-1969).

The Taylor/Dalton Years

Donald W. Taylor was Pastor for the Student Congregation and University Chaplain for Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1969 to 1971. During his time at PLU, the Religious Life committee was formed to address the religious needs of the students (1971). Though the Student Congregation continued to be the dominant worship community at PLU, other religious groups gained popularity and attendance. Efforts were made to give students the opportunity to worship with off-campus congregations. Student Congregation services were moved to the Chris Knudsen Hall in the University Center. Morris Dalton was his Associate Pastor from 1969-1970.

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