Two heads are better than one

Pastor Jesse DeDeyne, left, joins Pastor Jesse Jacobsen in serving the combined parishes of Concordia Lutheran Church in Hood River and Bethany Luthern Church in The Dalles. DeDeyne will be formally installed Sunday, Oct. 23, in Hood River. Contributed photo

If you contact Concordia Lutheran Church in Hood River or Bethany Lutheran Church in The Dalles and ask for “Pastor Jesse,” you’ll now need to get a bit more specific.

The dual parish is happy to announce the arrival of Pastor Jesse DeDeyne, who will be formally installed in a special service at Concordia Lutheran on Sunday, Oct. 23. He joins Pastor Jesse Jacobsen, who has shepherded the parish since 2006.

Jacobsen will continue as senior pastor and principal of Columbia Lutheran School, while Pastor DeDeyne will serve the churches with worship services, office hours, and other duties in both locations. DeDeyne grew up in central Wisconsin. His advanced coursework includes a Master of Divinity from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary as well as a Master’s degree in sociology, both received in Minnesota.

He most recently served the dual parish of Redeemer Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran Churches in New Hampton, and Calmar, Iowa. He and his wife Katherine have four children ages one to seven years.

Sunday’s installation service for DeDeyne will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, 1107 Pine St., Hood River, at 5 p.m.

Many of the sister congregations in the Northwest will be represented at the event. The public is also welcome. A light supper will follow the service.

Both congregations are affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For more information about the parish’s services and other events, visit or

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