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Brainerd congregation finds fresh start with new identity


Jim Walth is after one thing: truth.

That’s why the formerly retired, but now back to work, pastor is changing the name of his 11-month-old Brainerd-based Lutheran congregation.

“The name change comes as a step of faith,” Walth said. “A step taken to establish a unique and individual identity as a worshipping community that welcomes folks of all denominations, including those folks searching for a church home.”

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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