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Rev. Michael Housholder, 1982 and Sally (Bartel) Housholder, 1983

Mike and Sally HousholderMike and Sally met at Taft High School while they both were active leaders and band members. They attended Concordia College, and then Mike attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

They became a successful married team as Mike began his ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. After success in re-energizing Mike’s first congregation, in Huxley, Iowa, he was appointed to a struggling church of fifteen members in West Des Moines. Under Mike’s leadership, it became one of the country’s fastest growing churches, with more than 8,000 worshippers on an average weekend with legendary food drives for the needy.

A working mother, Sally has also organized the church’s music and children’s programs, including the Vacation Bible School which enrolled 4,200 children in 2009.