AXTELL — The Rev. Marcia Dorn was installed as the pastor at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Axtell Dec. 9.

Pastor Marcia (Bertrand) Dorn grew up in Hildreth and graduated from Hildreth High School and Kearney State College where she earned an education degree. Dorn owned and operated Kiddie Koop Preschool in Hildreth and substitute taught for several years prior to working at the State Bank in Hildreth then First Bank & Trust in Minden.

Dorn was commissioned as an associate in ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and served four years at First Lutheran Church in North Platte. She then entered the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries program through the ELCA at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, while serving Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach.

Dorn was ordained as a pastor in 2015. She served Trinity Lutheran in Wolbach for six years before accepting the call to Bethany Lutheran Church in Axtell.

“Pastor Marcia is a great fit for our congregation,” Matt Strolberg, Bethany Lutheran Church council president, said in a news release. “Her mission really meshes with ours, especially her desire to work with youth. We are excited for the next chapter for our congregation.”

“I have always had a deep respect for this congregation,” Dorn said. “I’m excited to be closer to home and part of the Bethany family. I’m looking forward to what we can do together in ministry.”

Dorn’s family includes son Andrew Dorn of Minden, daughter and son-in-law Emilee and Jacob Hoffschneider and grandson Dallas of Axtell.

Bethany Lutheran Evangelical Church is located 2 miles east and 1 mile south of Axtell at 903 25 Road, and is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

For more information, call the church office at 308-743-2597 or visit

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