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Alumnus Returns to Campus to Speak in Chapel, Visit Classes

SIOUX FALLS – Rev. Olin Sletto, who graduated from Augustana College in 1969, returns to campus April 13-17 to share stories of his experiences as a minister and missionary, and lead discussions on cross-cultural communication.

In 2008, Rev. Sletto received an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from Augustana. He is the pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Elgin, IL.

Rev. Sletto was born and raised on a farm in central South Dakota. He attended Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN, receiving a Master’s of Divinity Degree in 1973, and a Master’s of Theology Degree in 1987.

As a missionary to the Central African Republic, Rev. Sletto was instrumental in the construction of 20 primary schools and a junior high school. To help with funding, he secured donations from congregations in South Dakota and other parts of the US.

Believing that “If people cannot hear the gospel over the growling of their stomach, you need to calm the noise of their stomach so they can hear the gospel,” Rev. Sletto and his wife, Connie Helland, Augustana class of 1970, taught the people to plant vegetable gardens, prepare and cook the produce, thereby improving their diets and health.

Rev. Sletto left the Division of Global Ministry in the summer of 2001. He was installed at Holy Trinity in March 2002.

While on campus, Rev. Sletto will meet with pre-seminary students, provide orientations on cross-cultural communication to students who will pursue studies abroad, and visit religion, education, and nursing classes. He will speak in the Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15.