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Mossman has been named director of Evangelical Mission

The Rev. Jim Mossman has been named director of Evangelical Mission for the Western Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Mossman’s new call is a partnership between the ELCA’s churchwide ministries and the Western Iowa Synod.

He will work with congregations in the areas of stewardship, mission support, congregational vitality and evangelism.

A native of Hastings, Minn., Mossman earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., where he majored in political science with a concentration on South Asian studies.

Later, he completed a Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill., and Lutheran studies at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago.

His first call was to Christ Lutheran, Jefferson; and Ascension Lutheran, Coon Rapids, both in Western Iowa.

In 2003, he was called to St. Paul Lutheran and Presbyterian in Rockwell City, where he continued to serve.

His wife, the Rev. Lorinda Hoover, is a United Methodist pastor in Lohrville, Lanesboro and Glidden. She will continue to serve in those communities.

“I am excited to work with the Church in this new way,” Mossman said. “At the same time, I am thankful for the people of St. Paul, who gave a preacher the best gift possible – their willingness to listen to what I had to say and trust where I tried to lead them. I will miss them.”

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