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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Tolleruds transferred to Fairbanks for next ministry


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Lieutenants Jon and Rosie Tollerud have spent the last three and a half years growing The Salvation Army in Wrangell. On June 24, the couple will transfer to Fairbanks for the next leg of their ministerial careers.

When Lt. Jon Tollerud gave his first sermon in Wrangell, there was one person in the congregation, and it was a newspaper reporter covering the story of the new pastor in town.

Now, three and a half years later, an average of 20 congregants gather to hear the weekly message, and Sunday will be the last one given by Tollerud and his wife, Lt. Rosie Tollerud, as they have been transferred to Fairbanks by The Salvation Army.

In their time here, the Tolleruds have not only increased the number of people in the pews, they've increased the organization's food bank distributions from monthly to we...

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