Pastor Janet Mathistad
I have served at Bethany Lutheran and Deering Lutheran since 1994. I grew up in western North Dakota as a preacher’s kid, and attended college at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, majoring in English and German Literature. I completed my seminary education at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, while also spending 3 years in Germany as a nanny and as an exchange student at the University of Tubingen. Following seminary, I returned to serve in mission with the folks of North Dakota. My first parish was the Max-Douglas Lutheran Parish where I served from 1989-1994. I and my husband Todd have raised our three children here, and are about to become empty nesters. Outside of Bethany, I enjoy reading, bicycling, and playing viola in the Minot Symphony Orchestra.
I was born and raised in Norfolk Virginia, where some of my family still reside. I left Virginia in 1989 to join the United States Air Force and I spent almost 26 years serving our country all over the world. While serving, I completed both my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and my Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I am presently a school teacher until the summer of 2019, as I continue transitioning into ministry.
I am married to an amazing woman, Kathy Jo (Nelson) and we have three children, Lyn-Marie (age 28), Thomas (age 24), and Leif (age 12). We also have three grandbabies that we just can not get enough of. My free time is spent working in the yard, reading, and spending time with Kat.
Originally from Carpio, ND the daughter of Ronald and Blanche Johnson, I have lived in N.D. all my life. I am married to Stacy Abrahamson for almost 20 years now. We have one daughter, Hallie, who has started her freshman year at NDSU-Go Bison! I have 3 stepsons and a grandson, Joshua and his son Hunter(Minot), Jordan(Fargo), and Justin(Minot). We ranch south of Blaisedale on the Roy Abrahamson farm where we currently raise cattle and a couple horses. We also own and operate Abrahamson Trucking here in Minot. In my spare time, I enjoy running after the kids & their sports, spoiling my two puppies (Izzy & Dora), gardening, cooking, haying and looking after cows. Before coming to Bethany Lutheran Church, I had spent many years at Center for Family Medicine in the billing office. I am very excited to become a part of Bethany Lutheran Church as Office Manager! Everyone has been so kind and welcoming!
My husband Charlie and I have been married for 25 years and we live in Minot. Our kids and granddaughters live in Texas. I grew up in Velva and my parents still live there. My brother and his family live in Bismarck and my sister and her family live in Sidney MT. We enjoy spending as much time as possible with our family. With our kids and grandkids in Texas we don’t get to see them as much as we would like but skype helps a little. I also enjoy baking. I am the Office Secretary here at Bethany!