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St. John's welcomes new pastor for pastoral care

Pastor Rod Armon, his wife, Julie, and Candace the comfort dog were welcomed May 20 to St. John's Lutheran Ministries in Portage.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Portage welcomes its new part-time pastor for pastoral care, Rod Armon. He was installed on May 20. Armon and his wife, Julie, came from Doniphan, Nebraska. They have five children and live near Westfield.

Armon is a 1984 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and was ordained at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Allis. He was installed as the pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doniphan, Nebraska, in 1984, where he served until his retirement in January 2018.

In August 1988, Armon joined the Nebraska Army National Guard. His military service includes assignments at the Battalion, Brigade, Support Group and state levels. He was deployed in 2001 to the Balkans serving in Macedonia and Kosovo. He served as the state command chaplain from 2002 to 2016. He retired from the military as a Colonel (0-6) in 2016.

Armon has served his community as the chaplain for the Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island, Nebraska, from 2013 to 2018. During the same time, he served as the chaplain for the Nebraska State Patrol. He was also on the Doniphan Fire Department from 1986 to 2002, and the Doniphan Quick Response Team from 1995 to 2002. He was the assistant high school football coach from 1986 to 2013 and junior high football coach from 1992 to 2015. He served on the TeamMates Mentoring Program from 2011 to 2017.

Armon has been trained in suicide prevention and marriage enrichment. He has also been assigned a Lutheran Church Charities comfort dog named Candace to assist him in his pastoral duties.

Candace was trained at Lutheran Church Charities in Northbrook, Illinois. She interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events and in disaster response situations. Candace is a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them. Comfort dogs are available to visit your church, school or group. Please visit Candace’s Facebook page, CandaceComfortDog, for more information.

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