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18 Months Ago… 

In January, I wasn’t feeling well and wondered if between the new job, the house hunting and increased demands on my schedule, I was just a little worn out.  I went to the doctor, took antibiotics and didn’t think too much about it.  Shortly after Easter, I wasn’t feeling 100% and my voice became hoarse. I wondered if the allergy season was just hitting me particularly hard.  I took some medication and continued on with a regular schedule. When I went to the doctor most recently with the loss of speech associated with the pain I was experiencing in my throat, the doctors decided to run a few more tests.

At the end of a week of appointments and testing there was no conclusive evidence as to the cause.  We were given the options to: do nothing and wait to see if it clears up, treat with a best-guess approach or use surgery in hopes of reaching a more definitive answer as to what is causing this.

Ruth and I prefer not to guess when it comes to health and with my love for public speaking and sharing the gospel- doing nothing doesn’t seem to be a good choice.

This week, I will undergo exploratory surgery to try to determine the cause of the change in speech.  We will keep you updated as we know more.

We have a fabulous team of doctors leading us through this and a wonderful support system at Mount Olivet.

While we are perplexed, we are not discouraged, as we know that God is at work at all times, in all things.


Pastor John D. Hogenson

Pastor John Hogenson, 57, was born in Owatonna, MN. He and wife Ruth (Hogenson-Rutford) have been married 34 years. They have 3 daughters – Kelly McKenzie (Brian), Jana and Kate. They have 2 grandchildren, Connor and Megan. Pastor Hogenson has served as: Pastor of Grace Lutheran, Brandon, MN; Chaplain at Martin Luther Manor Home, Bloomington, MN; Sr. Pastor of Bethlehem and Trinity Lutheran, Grand Marais and Hovland, MN; St. Phillip the Deacon Lutheran, Plymouth, MN; Lead Pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran, Mahtomedi, MN; and is currently Sr. Pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran, Minneapolis and Victoria, MN.

John enjoys writing, reading, bicycling and spending time with his wife Ruth at their cabin in Grand Marais. He serves on the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees and he is the Gustavus 2016 Covenant Award recipient. He is an active contributor to his CaringBridge site “PastorHogenson.” John was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2015.