Pastor LeRoy (Lee) Yarger • 218-766-7405 Email Pastor Yarger

We feel so blessed to have Pastor Lee Yarger serving as Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church. What a gift he has for sharing God’s Word and His love for His people. Come and see! Come and hear! Come and worship! God is so good.

His resume follows:


I was born February 25, 1942 in Starbuck, MN.  I married Janice (Jan) McDowell in 1964.  Jan is a retired RN who has worked for 35 years in Home Health, Hospice and Oncology.  She taught Parish Nursing at Trinity Hospital in Minot ND.  We had two sons:  Jon Yarger, who is an ordained Pastor in Aitkin MN. He has two daughters, Jessica (age 22), and Emma (age 17.)  Our son, Chris Yarger, was a teacher of German and Industrial Tech.  Chris was killed in a snowmobile accident on March 19, 2017.


  • High School Graduation, Faribault MN
  • College Graduation, St. Olaf College, Northfield MN, Majors in German and Psychology
  • Graduated from Luther Seminary, St. Paul
  • Post-graduate work with Professor Paul Sonnack, Luther Seminary


  • Pastor, Calvary Lutheran Church, Orr MN and Pastoral Program Director at Camp Vermilion, Cook MN
  • Associate Pastor, Atonement Lutheran Church, Overland Park, KS
  • Senior Pastor, Calvary Lutheran Church, Grand Forks ND
  • Senior Pastor, First Lutheran Church, Minot ND


  • Retired in 2005 to Kabekona Lake, Laporte MN.
  • Moved to Plymouth MN in February 2018. Church membership at Peace Lutheran, Plymouth
  • I have served Interim Positions at
    • Our Savior’s Lutheran at Valley City, ND
    • Associate to the Bishop in Eastern ND, twice
    • Messiah Lutheran, Fargo ND
    • Trinity Lutheran in Crookston MN
    • First Lutheran in Bemidji MN
    • Trinity Lutheran in Moorhead MN
    • First Lutheran in Detroit Lakes MN
    • First Lutheran in Baudette MN
    • Faith Lutheran in Bagley MN
  • I maintain an active interest in Theology, especially Martin Luther and Two Kingdom Theory.
  • I have created, with Jan, power point presentations on The Life of Christ, The Psalms, and Christianity and Art.
  • I have enjoyed book collecting, bookend collecting, poetry, The North Country Trail, The BWCA, genealogy, Concordia College (where I was on the Board of Regents for 10 years), and the Bush Foundation (where I received a Bush Fellowship in 1984.)
  • I have loved being alternately retired (for 10 times) and being a Pastor.
  • I have loved being married to Jan for 54 years.

Choir Director Julie Moser Bergman • 218-543-4740 •

Hi, I’m Julie Moser Bergman and director of Faith’s choir.  I’m happy to have found a way to combine my love of music with the opportunity to enhance our worship services.