A Word From the Pastor
Rev. L. David Mortenson, Senior Pastor


A Word From the Pastor

Welcome to L. David Mortenson, the new pastor at Holden UMC

David began his Christian journey while attending Zion Lutheran School in Paullina, Iowa. After graduating high school, he worked for K-Mart as the Automotive Merchandiser. He also worked in the construction and remodeling field until he joined the United States Army in 1991 as a Military Police Officer. Upon completion of his initial enlistment, he began a career in civilian law enforcement with the Raytown Police Department. He retired from law enforcement in 2021.

David began his ministerial life with Wesley Chapel UMC in Kingsville in 1988. He started as a Trustee, then as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board. He took over lay speaking duties in 2012. He, along with his wife, led the Wesley Chapel congregation until he was appointed pastor in 2018, after completing Licensing School. He also served as pastor at Woods Chapel UMC in Odessa from 2019 until it closed in 2021.

David is active with the Holden American Legion Post #90 as their Commander, as well as being on the Board of Directors of the Holden Area Ministerial Association as their Building Director.

David is married to his wife of 38 years, Tamera, who is also a pastor of two churches. They have two children, who are Holden graduates, and five grandchildren.