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Our Saviour's Church installs pastor

The Rev. Brian Davidson

Dickinson's Our Saviour's Lutheran Church has named South Dakota native Rev. Brian Davidson as its pastor.

Installation ceremonies were held May 22 at the church.

"I feel very much at home here," said Davidson. "I grew up in northeastern South Dakota. Dickinson is not totally different. We just had more Norwegians back home."

Duane Stockert, a member of the church council, believes Davidson's youthful spirit inspires young and old members alike.

"His messages are captivating and clear," he said. "I felt his knowledge of the Word goes beyond most pastors I've heard -- the Word truly directs his life."

Davidson also is reaching out to other pastors in the area, said Stockert.

"He's very open to bringing spiritual unity in this community," he added.

Davidson was born at Webster, S.D., and grew up at Ortley, S.D. He graduated from Waubay High School in 1969.

"My father farmed and ran the post office," he said. "I still have the family tractor -- an Allis-Chalmers."

Serving in the U.S. Navy, he was assigned to the USS Blakely, stationed at Charleston, S.C.

After discharge in 1977, Davidson enrolled at the College of Charleston and graduated with a degree in business administration. He also attended a year of graduate school in business.

Having committed his life to Christ, he enrolled in the Association Free Lutheran Theology Seminary in Plymouth, Minn., in 1981.

After graduation, he was ordained in the Amery Free Lutheran Church, Amery, Wis.

"After I left Amery, I had interim calls in lots of places -- Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas," he said. "The last two years before I came to Dickinson, I was the manager of the radio station in Naknek, Alaska. "I called 51 basketball games last year."

Naknek is located in the Bristol Bay Borough where the Discovery Channel produced the film, "Deadliest Catch" about Alaskan King crab boats, he said.

In addition to radio duties, Davidson also assisted a missionary who served the area.

Responding to a call from Our Saviour's, Davidson arrived in Dickinson Aug. 6.

Since then, he has been trying to meet everyone in the congregation. He relies on technology to reach members and prospective members. He has established a church website -- www.aflcchur

"We have a calendar and news and all of our sermons are archived on the page," he said. "We are live on KLTC Sunday mornings."

Davidson is single and his mother, Phyllis lives in Watertown, S.D. His interests are varied from hunting and fishing to computers.