2023 Called to Serve Recipients

Kari (Dordal) Christianson ’71

Kari (Dordal) Christianson ’71, retired program director for DES Action USA, a national nonprofit that advocates for DES-exposed individuals, was exposed in utero to DES or diethylstilbestrol. The anti-miscarriage drug created in 1938, caused harm to women, their children and now possibly their grandchildren. Christianson was instrumental in organizing a Twin Cities chapter before joining the national board and eventually serving as program director. She has also been involved in several health organizations committees with a DES focus along with church committees and the ELCA.


Lane Doerring ’57

Lane Doerring ’57 served as pastor for several parishes in Minnesota over the years including Stephen-Argyle Parish, Menahga Parish and Highland Prairie-Elston in Peterson. He also served  as an ELCA missionary in Tanzania where he was crucial to the Companion Synod and proved to be an invaluable advocate for the relationship. His fluency in Swahili was considered a great asset. In Tanzania, Doerring was the first teacher at the mission school, helped renovate school buildings and was instrumental in upgrading teaching at the school.