Pastor Ofstedal, 87, died Oct. 13 after a long battle with leukemia. He was the senior pastor of St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church from 1992-2000 where he is remembered for thoughtful sermons and his passionate support for mission work in China.
Ofstedal served many years on the board of China Service Ventures and traveled several times to China to support that mission. And locally, he was deeply involved in starting and supporting the Chinese Hospitality Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Faith Chinese Lutheran Church.
Prior to his time in St. Paul, Paul served congregations in Iowa and North Dakota, and also served on a district president’s staff in Iowa.
A memorial service was held Nov. 9 at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Memorial church in south Minneapolis, where he was a member. Memorials are encouraged for China Service Ventures or Mindekirken.