Pastor Moen will retire from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
A retirement celebration and lunch for Pastor Al Moen will be held by the congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 26, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Plover.
The day will begin with a 9 a.m. service followed by a program and lunch. The event will be held in the newly remodeled and expanded fellowship hall at the church. Moen’s last sermon at Good Shepherd will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 19.
Growing up in Waco, Texas, Moen received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Texas Lutheran University and a Master’s of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
He met his wife, Bonnie, in Minnesota, and the two married in 1977. In the summer of 1978, Moen served at First Lutheran in Ogdensburg and St. John in Weyauwega. After 14 years of service there, he became the senior pastor for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in 1993 where he has served for 23 years.
During his ministry at Good Shepherd, he was the supervisor for nine interns from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and provided them all with on-the-job ministerial experience with the church community.
Moen provided service to the church and community in numerous capacities during his long tenure as a pastor. In the Synod, he has served on the Communications Committee, the Resource Center Committee and the Church Council.
He was also a delegate to the American Lutheran Church (ALC) National Assembly when it voted to become a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
In the ’80s, he served in many different leadership roles in the Clintonville Conference of the ALC, including president. In the Tomorrow River Conference of the ELCA, he held many different leadership roles, including dean.
He served as a fund raiser at the conference level for the ALC Seminary Appeal, ELCA Mission Appeal and for the Crossways Camping Ministries. He has been a board member of Bethany Home in Waupaca, and in Stevens Point he served on the boards of Family Connections as well as the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum.
He is currently on the Interfaith Food Pantry Board in Plover. He was also a Cub Master in Weyauwega and helped revive its Boy Scout Troop. Moen presently serves as church representative to Cub Scout Pack 205 and Boy Scout Troop 205, both of which are sponsored at Good Shepherd.
Eight years ago, Good Shepherd called Pastor Ben Sheets as its associate pastor. Sheets will transition to senior pastor July 1.
For more information on Good Shepherd, go to www.eflock.org.