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A public installation and reception will be held for Steve Kufeldt at Hoodview on July 15

COURTESY PHOTO - Steve KufeldtThe congregation at Hoodview Church of God in Woodburn voted at a leadership council meeting on June 3 to approve Steve Kufeldt as its new lead pastor.

Kufeldt, who has been the church's associate pastor since 2013, takes the position that was vacated by BJ Kuykendall.

A fourth-generation minister, Kufeldt is a Florida native who, while attending a youth camp at the age of 10, realized his passion for Jesus Christ, later being baptized. It wasn't until while he was earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, that he realized he wanted to enter the ministry. He entered the Anderson School of Theology and graduated in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree.

His first ministerial role was as associate pastor of Peaceful Valley Community Church in Sonora, California, where he met and married his wife Cindy in 1990. They have two adult children: Seth, their oldest, lives in Portland and is employed by DHS as a teen permanency caseworker. Their daughter, Abby, lives in Salem and is an accountant for a senior housing corporation.

After serving churches in California, Florida and Colorado, Kufeldt first moved to Oregon in 2007 to Roseburg, where he because an associate pastor at Hucrest Community Church of God. He was there until 2013, when he moved to Woodburn.

He has spent 31 years in the ministry, 13 of which have been as a senior pastor.

At Hoodview, Kufeldt has been instrumental in different ministries already, specifically, outreach, discipleship and assimilation.

Outside of Hoodview, he is active in the community, particularly with the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Woodburn Area Ministerial Association and French Prairie Kiwanis Club.

In his spare time he enjoys golf, reading, woodworking and yard work.

An installation service will be held at 3 p.m. July 15 at Hoodview Church of God. A reception will be held afterward. The public is invited.

Hoodview Church of God is located at 1530 Mount Hood Ave. in Woodburn. For more information, call 503-981-1660 or go to www.hoodviewchurchofgod.com.

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