Pastor James Haugen III
James Allen Haugen III was born on March 16th, 1997 to James Haugen Jr. and Jennifer (Swithers) Haugen in Billings, Montana. He then was baptized on April 6th, 1997 by James Haugen Sr. in Billings Montana at Mt. Olive Lutheran. James then confirmed his faith on May 15th, 2011 at St. John Lutheran Church in Strongsville, Ohio. He then continued his path of study to become a pastor by attending Concordia University Ann Arbor. While attending Concordia James meet his lovely wife Michaela (Jones) and then after graduation in 2019, they were married on July 13th, 2019. After receiving his degree in pre-pastoral studies James continued his education at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. While attending seminary Michaela started her teaching job at Patrick Henry which started their journey to Holgate.
During their second year at the seminary Michaela and James received their vicarage placement to St. Paul Lutheran in Napoleon Ohio while serving alongside St. John Lutheran in Holgate Ohio. The Haugen family then became bigger on July 11th, 2021 with the birth of their daughter Ella Rose. She has blessed the family and continues to be a burst of energy. After vicarage, the Haugens continued to serve St. John Holgate while James finished up his studies at the seminary. The Haugens faithfully received their call on April 25th, 2023 to serve the people at St. John Lutheran Holgate Ohio. The Lord has blessed the Haugens and their families with this call and they are eager to begin the Lord’s ministry here in Holgate, Ohio.