St. John's Lutheran pastor retiring after 38 years in ministryJul 15, 2016 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
The Rev. Scott Jorgenson at St. John Lutheran Church in Riverton is retiring after almost five years in the congregation. Jorgenson is known in the community for his prosthetic hand made last year with a 3-D printer by local expert David Maulik.
After having been a pastor for 38 years, Jorgenson will give his final sermon July 24. He and his wife are moving to the Denver area to be closer to family. Prior to living in Riverton, he lived in New Mexico for nine years, and spent 18 years in Wisconsin before that. He started his pastoral duties in 1978 in a small town in Minnesota where he and his wife grew up.
He said he's excited and looking forward to new things but will miss Riverton.
"I found St. Johns as well as the community of Riverton to be very warm, inviting and a friendly place," Jorgenson said. "It was a real pleasure to be here."
He said he'll also miss the sight of grazing antelope and deer crossing the streets in Riverton.
"I'm not going to get that in central Denver," he said. "It's just so beautiful here."
Church council president Larry Bauman described Jorgenson as a wonderful pastor who created close bonds to church patrons and community members.
"He's my friend -- my friend who happens to be my pastor," Bauman said. "He's done a wonderful job for St. John's."
Bauman said Jorgenson has a great sense of humor and wit, and is a great singer too.
"He's got that spark and we got to enjoy that spark," Bauman said.
Jorgenson hopes to find more time for woodworking and is excited to meet his new grandchildren.
He said he enjoyed his time on the rotary club because he met many people in the community and was able to help raise money for different events.
Jorgenson hopes to join a big brother type of program again in Denver.
"There's so much energy when you're around (kids)," he said.
Jorgenson wore his 3-D printed hand often when he visited children during lunch time at the local Riverton schools and became a local celebrity. Jorgenson was born without most of his left hand. He said he found the new hand to be more of novelty than it was helpful since he spent his life not using one.
"I played around with it for a while," he said. "I really enjoyed the experience."
Jorgenson's retirement means he will vacate his membership with the Riverton Rotary Club and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming.
Jorgenson was also a member of the Riverton Ministerial Association and the congregation's church council.
"I found things to be very fulfilling here in Riverton," Jorgenson said.