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Norman County Minnesota Churches

The following are churches in Norman County, or those that existed at one time. The churches are listed along with the community in which they were located. Their present day name is indicated, when known or applicable. This list is a work in progress and corrections and additions are appreciated. The cemeteries for these churches and burial sites not associated with a specific church are listed by township.

Religious History of Norman County

The Red River Valley was at one time called the “Bible Belt of the Northwest.”  The hardy pioneers that settled Norman County brought with them their Bibles, hymns books, and prayer books. There were also pastors who served the early communities though not called. It was not long until many churches were built by the settlers, and as soon as they could, they secured pastors to lead them. Many of these country churches have now been closed and the members have joined other congregations, but there are still some rural churches left.

Ladies’ Aid groups were organized by the women largely for social reasons.  Their mission projects soon shifted the focus to a more religious purpose.  They visited, served lunch, and had a form of devotion. Usually they had to walk with their younger children to the home where the meeting was held because the horses were needed in the field, so Ladies’ Aid was an all-day affair.

Sunday school as we know it was unknown in pioneer days. Parents would teach the catechism in the home and in some places, the congregation would have two weeks to two months of parochial school in the Norwegian language.

Norman County Lutheran Churches from 1843 to 1916

Taken from Norsk Lutherske Menigheter i Amerika 1843-1916 (in Norwegian)

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Church Name Current Name Cemetery Location Cemetery Listings
Ada Congregational Faith United Ada  
Ada praekeplads (preaching place) No longer active Ada  
Aspelund Lutheran Flom Twsp.  
Assembly of God No longer active McDonaldsville Twsp.  
Augustana Lutheran   Halstad Twsp.  
Augustana Norwegian Lutheran Pontoppidan Lutheran-No longer active Hendrum Twsp. section 18  
Bethania Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran   No longer active Lee Twsp.  
Bethania Bethany Lutheran Good Hope Twsp.  
Bethany Norwegian Lutheran Shelly-Marsh River Shelly Twsp.  
Bethany Norwegian Lutheran Zion Lutheran Wild Rice Twsp.  
Bethany Congregational Faith United McDonaldsville Twsp.  
Bethlehem Kirkebo Lee Twsp.  
Bethlehem Lutheran No longer active Flom Twsp. Yes
Borup Union Church No longer active
Congregational Church No longer active Ada  
Concordia Menighed Lutheran Immanuel Lutheran Hendrum Twsp. section 18  
Emmanuel's Gemeinde German Immanuel Lutheran Strand Twsp.  
Evangelical Lutheran Emmanuel No longer active Pleasant View Twsp.  
East Marsh River Lutheran No longer active Anthony Twsp.  
Faaberg Lutheran Bear Park Twsp.  
First English Evangelical Lutheran Lockhart Twsp.  
First Lutheran Grace Lutheran McDonaldsville Twsp.  
First Presbyterian Church of Hendrum No longer active
Gary Evangelical Lutheran Gary  
German Lutheran No longer active Ada
German Methodist No longer active Winchester Twsp.  
German Methodist Episcopal No longer active Lockhart Twsp. Yes
German Methodist Episcopal No longer active Ada
German Immanuel Lutheran Trinity Lutheran   Strand Twsp. Yes
Grace Lutheran Ada  
Halstad Nosk Evangelisk Lutherske Kirke      Halstad Lutheran Halstad Twsp.  
Halstad Lutheran Halstad Twsp.  
Holland Reformed aka Spring Creek Chapel No longer active Spring Creek Twsp. Yes
Hendrum Presbyterian No longer active Hendrum Twsp.  
Immanuel Lutheran No longer active Flom Twsp.  
Immanuel Lutheran Hendrum Twsp.  
Immanuel Lutheran No longer active Pleasant View Twsp.  
Jevnaker Lutheran Rockwell Twsp.  
Kirkebo Lee Twsp.  
Landstad Free Lutheran No longer active Lee Twsp.  
Marsh River Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran                           Shelly-Marsh River Lutheran Shelly Twsp.  
Methodist Episcopal Church Faith United? Ada  
Nanstad Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran St. Olaf Lutheran Fossum Twsp.
Ness Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Waukon Twsp.  
Norman Evangelical Lutheran Bear Park Twsp.  
Norwegian Methodist Episcopal   No longer active Halstad Twsp.  
Norwegian Lutheran East Marsh River Anthony Twsp. Yes
Norwegian United Lutheran Wild Rice Twsp.
Petri Lutheran Grace Lutheran Hegne Twsp. Yes
Pontoppidan Lutheran Immanuel Lutheran Hendrum Twsp.  
Pleasant View Lutheran First English Lutheran Lockhart  
Our Saviors Lutheran Grace Lutheran Ada  
Our Saviors Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Zion Lutheran Wild Rice Twsp.
St. John Lutheran   Green Meadow Twsp.  
St. John's L.C.A. Sundahl Twsp.  
St. Joseph's Catholic Ada  
St. Mary's Catholic No longer active Mary Twsp. Yes
St. Olaf Lutheran Fossum Twsp. Yes
St. Pauli Lutheran Immanuel Lutheran Hendrum Twsp. (section 18)  
St. Pauli Norwegian Lutheran-Gary      
St. Petri Norwegian Lutheran St. Petri Lutheran Waukon Twsp.  
St. Petri Norwegian Lutheran Strand Twsp.
St. William's Catholic Wild Rice Twsp. Yes
Scandia Lutheran No longer active Rural Ada  
Scandinavian Lutheran No longer active Lake Ida Twsp.  
Scheie No longer active Halstad Twsp.  
Shelly Norwegian Lutheran Shelly -Marsh River Lutheran Shelly Twsp.  
Skandinavia No longer active McDonaldsville Twsp.  
Sogn-Kirkebo Landstad-Bethania Lee Twsp.  
Spring Creek Chapel aka Holland Reformed No longer active Spring Creek Twsp. Yes
Strand Praekeplads (preaching place) Trinity Lutheran Strand Twsp. Yes
Sundahl Lutheran No longer active Sundahl Twsp. Yes
Syre Lutheran
Tresjold Nenighed St. Petri Lutheran Shelly Twsp.  
Trinity Lutheran  Zion Lutheran Wild Rice Twsp. Yes
Trinity (Trefoldigheds menighet) First Lutheran Ada  
Twin Valley Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Zion Lutheran Wild Rice Twsp.  
United Methodist Faith United McDonaldsville Twsp.  
North Wild Rice St. Petri Lutheran Strand Twsp.  
West Wild Rice Evangelical Lutheran Zion Lutheran Wild Rice Twsp.  
Wild Rice Norwegian Lutheran   Lake Ida Twsp.  
Wild Rice Lutheran Flom Twsp. Yes
Winchester Lutheran Winchester Twsp.  
Zion Lutheran Evangelical Zion Lutheran Wild Rice Twsp. Yes
Zion's Norwegian Lutheran Church   Bear Park Twsp.  
Zion Lutheran   Shelly Twsp.  
Zions Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church   Ada  

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