Ed. note: On Sunday, Granite Falls Lutheran hosted an open house brunch to celebrate Pastor Steve Carmany’s 25 year anniversery as a Pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
It all started in the late summer of 1983 when Pastor Steve Carmany took off for Chicago and four years of education at the Lutheran School of Theology.
Actually, it probably started the year after he graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and found himself working with asbestos, lab testing, Jerusalem artichokes and sheep. You see, after graduation with a biology/math double major, Carmany was sure he was headed for grad school and bio-medical engineering.
So he took a job with a local enviromental lab in Sioux Falls to get a taste of his future. Little did he know that the care and herding of sheep would lead him to where he is now - his 25th year of “shepherding” congrgations in the ELCA.
After graduating from LSTC, Carmany accepted his first call to a small congregation in the Lake of the Ozarks, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Camdenton, MO. It was during the three years there that Carmany and wife Leanne had their first two children, Alyssa and Andrew. They had expected to stay there a few years, then pursue a call to Minnesota to be closer to family.
It was during Carmany’s third year that he received a call from Don Beck of Tyler. Carmany had worked with him at the environental lab in Sioux Falls and now Beck was calling to tell him that his parents’ church, First English Lutheran in Tyler, was in need of a pastor.
In late August of 1990, the Carmany family moved to the First English parsonage and stayed in Tyler for 17 years. During their time in Tyler two more Carmany children were born, Elliot and Allison.
In November of 2007 Carmany acccepted his present call to serve as the lead pastor at Granite Falls Lutheran Church in Granite Falls.
Now, 25 years later, the congregation of Granite Falls Lutheran Church hosted an open house brunch on Sunday, July 1, where memories and best wishes were shared.