GLADWIN – Pastor David Sprang has lived in Gladwin for close to 25 years. On September 7, 2020 he will celebrate 40 years as a pastor and as a firefighter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official celebration will not be held till next year.
Pastor Sprang graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio in June of 1980. He was called to serve St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Trufant, Michigan and was ordained on September 7, 1980 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, New Rome, Ohio. He served St. Thomas for five years, Calvary Lutheran Church, Northwood, Ohio for four years, Camp Frederick Lutheran Camp, Rogers, Ohio, for seven years, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Gladwin 18 years, and now is Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission for the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Soon after moving to Trufant, Michigan, Pastor Sprang was recruited to join the Trufant Fire Department. Since that time, he has served as a firefighter in various communities in Michigan and Ohio. He now serves as Chaplain and Fire Prevention Officer for the Gladwin Fire Department. Having been a member for 24 years.
Community involvement has always been his passion and last year, Lutheran Disaster Response Coordinator for most of Michigan was added to his portfolio. He has been helping with the Gladwin County Flood Long Term Recovery Group. He has a passion for mission and has done 11 international mission trips, many to Papua New Guinea. Many of those trips have been in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. He will say, “Jesus did not sit in his office. He was out in the community always being about people.”
He and his wife Susan, a former teacher and writer, continue to make their home in Gladwin. Their son Mark is a 2001 graduate of Gladwin High School. After college and graduate school, he is now the Head Archivist of the Historical Collection of the Great Lakes housed at Bowling Green State University.