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By Caleb Vierkant
Sentinel writer 

Island of Faith welcomes new pastor back to Southeast


March 18, 2021

Sue Bahleda

After an extended period of lay leadership, Island of Faith Lutheran Church has welcomed its new pastor, Sue Bahleda. She and her husband, Bill, arrived in Wrangell about a month ago and have settled into their new roles in the community.

"This church was looking for a pastor, I was contacted, and we did the search process together," she said. "It's called 'calling.' They called me to this church then."

Bahleda comes to Island of Faith with years of experience behind the pulpit and in Southeast Alaska. She pastored in Juneau for nine years at Resurrection Lutheran Church, she said, before movi...

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