Lutheran Church to install new pastor

The Pondera Valley and Golden West Lutheran Churches are pleased to announce the upcoming installation of their new pastor, Rev. Alan Daugherty.

The installation will take place on Nov. 18, 3 p.m. at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church in Conrad on the corner of 6th Ave. and Delaware.

Following the service there will be a reception at the church.

A native of Washington, Daugherty grew up and graduated from high school in Spokane and went on to attend Washington State University where he earned a BA degree in Political Science.

He went on to attend Willamette University in Oregon, attending their law school and graduating with a law degree in 1978.

For a year he was a member of Volunteers in Service to America, which is more recognizable by its acronym, VISTA.

It is one of the oldest branches of national service and was inspired by John F. Kennedy with the creation of the Peace Corp. It serves low-income communities.

He was with VISTA for a year, living in St. Louis where he was a team organizer.

Daugherty practiced civil law for 15 years along with tax law, national resources and had cases in the court of appeals at the federal and state levels.

In addition, he had a family business Heir Finder that connected people with abandoned property. He has been inactive in law since 1995.

He felt a calling and went on to attend the Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. and has since served churches and congregations in California, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and now Conrad.

He and his wife Sandy, also a Spokane native, have six children, four girls and two boys and seven grandchildren.

His goal as a new minister is to be, “A faithful and caring pastor and help the congregation(s).”

“I hope to challenge the congregations to live out the life of God and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the community.”

Admittedly he has never been hunting, but does go trout fishing, spending time with his family and going antiquing with his wife.

Here is a little known fact about the new pastor; he collects old comic books and toys from the 1950s-60.

He has somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000 comic books, everything from Archie and Super Hero books to Uncle Scrooge.

And, going one step further, he is also a professional grader of comic books. “There are some comic books worth over $1 million,” he says.

Pastor Daugherty is also looking forward to working with the youth of the congregation and wants to continue to have the church thrive into the 21st Century.

The pastor has a wry sense of humor. At the installation, ask him for a card and you will notice his name is spelled “O’Daugherty.”

It’s not a mistake. Ask him about it; it will be a good conversation opener.

Editor’s note: This article was fashioned by I-O Editor, Buck Traxler