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PASTOR PHILIP HOLTAN stands in front of the 'TWIGS' tree that he designed and made for a social ministry project at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. The tree, which stands for Together Winning in God's Service, is one of about 50 such outreach projects currently going on at the church.

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PERHAM -- Rev. Philip Holtan of Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham is a 2012 Faithfulness in Ministry Cross Award recipient.

The distinguished award is given to three exceptional Luther Seminary alumni each year. Holtan was chosen in recognition of his 35 years of innovative and creative ministry.


"I'm humbled, and also grateful, to win this award," said Holtan in an interview. "I've been fortunate to have wonderful opportunities every place that I've been."

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