Memorial Service Thursday for Donald Pearson

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN (May 9, 2012) – A memorial service for retired Evangelical Covenant Church pastor Donald Pearson, 85, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday (tomorrow) at Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, Minnesota. He died Monday.

Pearson was born April 10, 1927, in Albert City, Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and graduated from North Park Theological Seminary. He also studied pastoral counseling at the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology.

Pearson married Dorothy Carlson on June 14, 1950, in Warren, Minnesota. She survives.

He was ordained in 1956 and served West Hills Covenant Church in Portland, Oregon; First Covenant Church in Sioux City, Iowa; and Covenant Community Church in Fairfield Ohio.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, David Erickson-Pearson, and two daughters, Cynthia Hawkinson, and Joan Pearson.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the church.

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  1. Don (and Dorothy) Pearson was also the first pastor for North Haven Covenant Church in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and was my confirmation pastor. Don and Dorothy hold a very special place in my life and heart. I thank God for them.

  2. Seated before the late Seminary Dean Glenn Anderson I was given the word about my seminary internship destination, “Doug, you’re going to First Covenant Church, Sioux City, Iowa, where you’ll work with one of the best, Don Pearson.” I will always be thankful for that assignment! Rev. Don Pearson’s warmth, pastoral integrity, and proclamation of “the gospel of grace” launched my ministry on a firm foundation. Don and Dorothy modeled the hospitality of Jesus to congregation and community. And, Don’s faithful ministry to a parade of interns will never be forgotten!

    God’s peace to you, Dorothy, and your dear family.

    Rev. Doug Johnson,
    Santa Barbara, CA

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