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Reverend Dr. Michael J. Nirva

December 17, 1962 June 9, 2018
Reverend Dr. Michael J. Nirva
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Obituary for Reverend Dr. Michael J. Nirva

Rev. Dr. Michael John Nirva was born on December 17, 1962, in Minneapolis, MN at Eitel Hospital. He was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and unreservedly professed his faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He grew up in and graduated from Fergus Falls High School. He then attended and graduated from Concordia University-St. Paul with a BA in communications, English and history. He also began his pre-seminary studies along with ancient Greek and Hebrew, and participated in a traveling Shakespeare company. He then attended Minnesota State University-Mankato where he was a graduate lecturer and earned an MA in English with a focus in poetry. From there he began his seminary studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN were his focus was preaching and thesis was “supporting the survivors of suicide.” In 2012, he attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO and earned doctor of ministry degree with a focus on “reaching post-modern populations with the Gospel.” Michael felt called to ordained ministry at age 12, and served as an ordained Servant of the Word for 27 years. His final call as a pastor was to Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault, MN where he served since June 2014. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed debating obscure points of Christian doctrine. He collected rocks and always carried a pencil in his pocket. He will be long remembered for his dry humor, extraordinary intelligence, service to the sick and elderly, and his love of his savior Jesus Christ. Michael was called to his eternal home on June 9, 2018, in Jönköping, Sweden with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Lisa, daughters Noelle and Kajsa, and nephew James. He was preceded into death by his mother Helen, and brothers Eric and Robert.
Memorials:
Trinity Radio Club - 70 years of broadcasting 8:00 am Sunday church services on the 920AM radio and now live streaming and YouTube podcasts. Checks can be made to Trinity Radio Club and sent to Trinity Church. https://trinityradioandvideo.org/

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute- Hardship Fund in Faribault:
Helping patients battling cancer who do not have the means to pay for expensive medical services as well as transportation vouchers. All funds help local Faribault patients.

C/O Erin Ferris, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
District One Hospital, 200 State Street
Faribault, MN 55021


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Jul

4:00 PM 7/13/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/13/2018 7:00:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church

530 4th Street N.W.
Faribault, MN 55021

Trinity Lutheran Church
530 4th Street N.W. Faribault 55021 MN
United States

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14

Jul

9:30 AM 7/14/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 7/14/2018 10:30:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church

530 4th Street N.W.
Faribault, MN 55021

Trinity Lutheran Church
530 4th Street N.W. Faribault 55021 MN
United States

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Saturday

14

Jul

10:30 AM 7/14/2018 10:30:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church

530 4th Street N.W.
Faribault, MN 55021

Trinity Lutheran Church
530 4th Street N.W. Faribault 55021 MN
United States
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