After retiring from careers in public service, the congregation and pastors of Journey Christian Church (Cloquet, MN) set aside into the ministry two lay ministers on June 23 and recognized them for their spiritual gifts and callings.

Pastor Hollis Graves charges two ministers standing with their wives during their ordination service at Journey Christian Church June 23, 2019. L-R: Fay and Jon Haataja, Grace and Dave Hall. [Photo by Walt Lindquist.]

Jon Haataja, retired from the Duluth police force but now continues to serve as a police chaplain. For years he has served in the church in ministering to youth, children, and others. He is married to Fay, who is the director of children’s ministries at Journey Christian Church.

Dave Hall, retired from his counseling career after working in medical facilities and, more recently, for Carlton County in Minnesota. Before retiring, he volunteered a number of hours weekly to lighten the counseling load of the pastors at the church. Now he plans to give a couple of days a week to an ongoing counseling ministry at the church.

Dave spoke at all three weekend services about the one leper in ten who turned back from his assignment to go see the priest in order to give thanks to Jesus. He shared his personal life stories of how Jesus had transformed him. Jon also gave testimony to the grace of God and his own journey into ministry.