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PARK FALLS – Minnesota native Samuel Morsching feels blessed to serve the Lord as the new pastor of the Lutheran Peace Church in Park Falls.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be here and see what else (God) has in store for me,” he said.

Morsching served a Missouri Synod Lutheran church in St. Charles, Minnesota, before receiving a divine calling as a minister to the more than 700 Peace Lutheran members.

“Each congregation is a unique place where God is working,” he said. “I was blessed to be there (St. Charles) for eight years, but the Lord calls and you seek to go where he leads.”

Morsching was installed in the pastoral office of Peace Lutheran on August 1.

The installation took place nearly a year after Pastor Dale Heinlein retired as the congregation’s spiritual leader. Heinlein had spent the last 11½ years of a 36-year ministry at Peace Lutheran. In August 2020, the congregation bid farewell by honoring Pastor Dale and his wife Dianne with a drive-in thanksgiving parade.

Robert Pfeil served as a vacant pastor until Pastor Samuel took the pulpit.

“I am happy to be here and excited to learn of the opportunities the Lord will provide,” Morsching said.

Morsching grew up in New Prague, Minnesota, a small community about 45 miles southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Christian environment in which he was raised influenced his decision to pursue a vocation in the church. He said his parents were involved in their church and that worshiping with his family and seeing other people attend church was an integral part of his upbringing.

“I saw families living their faith and that led me to pastoral ministry,” Morsching said.

Morsching attended Concordia St. Paul University for her Bachelor of Arts. He then earned a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, graduating in 2007. He began his ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Litchfield, where he served for six years before moving to St. Charles.

After visiting Peace Lutheran last year and speaking with his church leaders, Morsching was excited about the church’s opportunities to preach and teach the word of God and share his faith. These include the free Peace-Full Gathering meals open to members and non-members on the last day of each month, a weekly radio service at 9 a.m. on Sundays broadcast on WCQM 98.3 FM, worship services streamed on YouTube and Bible studies on Sundays and weekdays.

Morsching and his wife Marsha and their children aged 8 and 6 live in Phillips. The family expects to grow from day to day. A baby is due on January 29.

The pastor builds relationships in Phillips as well as Park Falls. A passion for music led him to perform with the Northwest Players in the “Freaky Friday” production in mid-November at Phillips High School.

“You never know what door God is opening for you,” Morsching said.

When not working in the ministry, Morsching spent his first few months here visiting state and county parks and generally exploring the area with his family as he learned more about where God l placed.

“It’s a little different atmosphere in the Northwoods,” he said. “It’s a good place to raise a family.”