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Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl

Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl has served as bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl

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Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl has served as bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is currently serving as Interim Senior Pastor at Lutheran Memorial Church, Pierre, SD

Previous Positions:
- Bishop of the South Dakota Synod/ELCA, 1995-2007
- Assistant to the Bishop, Western North Dakota Synod/ELCA, 1990-95
- Supervisor of Pastoral Care, St. Joseph's Hospital, Minot, ND, 1987-90
- Pastor, Hope Lutheran Church, Surrey, ND, 1983-87
- Interim Pastor, Glenburn and Lansford Lutheran Churches, ND, 1982-83

Education:
- BA - University of ND, Grand Forks, ND (1968-71)
- M. Div. - Wartburg Theol. Sem, Dubuque, IA (1973-77)
- Honorary Doctorate - Wartburg Theol. Sem, Dubuque, IA (1996)

Current and Past Board, Committee, and Community Involvement:
Good Samaritan Society Board Member, 2007-present; Lutheran Social Services of SD board member, 1995-2007; ELCA Conference of Bishops, Vice-Chair, 2001-07; Good Samaritan Foundation Board member; Association of Christian Churches of South Dakota Board member, 95-07; Augustana College Trustee, advisory, 95-07; SD Lutheran Campus Ministry Coordinating Committee, 1995-07.

She is married to Gary Nesdahl, and they have three children--Charlie, Joey, and Katie. She enjoys drama and theater a great deal, and tries to schedule some camping time every summer.


Latest Content by Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl

Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl

Sermon for the 1st Sunday After Christmas

Isaiah 49:1-10; Eph. 3:1-10; Luke 14:16-24

December 27, 1998

Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl (ELCA)

Many of us may come to the Gospel or this first Sunday after Christmas with very recent memories of a great meal at Christmas.

Our meal memories may include both anticipating and enjoying some traditional foods. Particular dishes of ethnic importance to us, or which we always have at Christmas. Maybe the feast of Christmas is enhanced by who we share it with -- family and friends who gather with us; or we may have the tradition of always having Christmas in the same place with pretty much the same people. Whatever our traditions, certainly a significant aspect of how we celebrate Christmas in America is food -- and plenty of it.

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Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl

Sermon for 1st Sunday in Advent

November 29, 1998

Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl (ELCA)

Welcome to Advent, season of hope and anticipation. Season of awaiting the promise of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem and the promise of His Second Coming at the end of time. Today's Gospel from Luke lifts up that theme of the second coming to help us focus on our lives today with that new insight about our promised future with Christ, when he comes again.

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November 22, 1998

Sermon for Christ the King Sunday

Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl (ELCA)