Rev. Jonathan Walla was born and raised in Fargo, ND. He was baptized and brought up in the faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo. After graduating from high school and taking one year to consider his future plans, he attended Concordia University in Seward, NE, graduating in 2006 with a major in history and pre-seminary emphasis. He then attended Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, MO. His vicarage was served at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, MI. Pastor Walla received the assignment of his first call to Zion Lutheran Church in Fairbanks, AK and served there as associate pastor from July of 2010 to January of 2016.

In addition to his ministries at Bethel, Pastor Walla serves as the Pastoral Advisor to the Bismarck-Mandan Lutheran School Association and is a regular contributor on KFUO radio.

Pastor Walla married his high school sweetheart, Niccy (nee Sedlmayr), in July of 2007. She and Pastor have three children: Josiah, Natalie, and Jason. If you can not find him at church, he is outside: gardening, hunting, fishing, picking berries or otherwise enjoying God’s creation!

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