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116 North Third St. , Kiester , MN 56051
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595 First Ave. SW , Wells , MN 56097
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Christopher Leistra Appointed as Open Doors UMC's next Pastor

posted on April 23


It is the intention of Bishop Bruce Ough to appoint the Reverend Christopher Leistra as pastor of Open Doors United Methodist Church in Wells and Kiester as of July 1, 2018, and acting on behalf of the congregation, the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee has confirmed the Bishop’s intention. Pastor Chris’s first Sunday at Open Doors will be July 1st.

Pastor Paul Woolverton, who has served Open Doors UMC and Wells UMC since July of 2008, will shift to the retired status. He and his wife, Becky, will be moving to Darwin, MN, at the end of June. His last Sunday with Open Doors will be June 17.

Pastor Chris Leistra is married to Teal, and they have two children, Noah (4 yrs) and Charlotte (3 months). Pastor Chris is a life-long United Methodist, having grown up as the son of a UMC pastor. Pastor Chris has served congregations in Blanchardville and Lamont, Wisconsin. He will be completing his Masters of Divinity at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary this August.

Plans are being made for a farewell gathering for Pastor Paul on June 17. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

Please pray for Pastors Paul and Chris and their families as they prepare for this transition.

Open Doors United Methodist Church

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