Hello, my name is Pastor Julé Ballinger, a fellow sister in Christ! I am the Senior Pastor here at Bethel Lutheran Church. I am a farm girl at heart, raised on a grain farm outside of Verona, ND. I received my BA from Concordia College in Moorhead and graduated with an Elementary Education Degree in 1996. After college, I worked as a Youth Director/Youth Parish Education Director for five years at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. I loved youth and family ministry (and still do!)
In 2000, I took a leap of faith and moved to Berkeley, California to attend Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. During my time in seminary, I spent a summer in Nome, Alaska fulfilling my Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) requirement. I graduated on May 15, 2004, became ordained on July 11, 2004 in Verona, North Dakota where I was baptized and confirmed.
Since ordination, I have served at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Minnesota; Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, North Dakota as the Associate Pastor; and Lutheran Church of the Cross, West Fargo, North Dakota.
I live in Wahpeton with my two amazing boys: Caleb and Nathan. They keep me hopping! Besides being a pastor and mom, I love to camp, hike, and travel! Life is good! ♥BE.THE.Love!
~Pastor Julé Ballinger