Bergen Lutheran Church (ELCA)

101 West Maple Street
Roland, IA 50236

Builder: Voetteler/Holtkamp/Sparling, 1929
Freeport Organ rebuilt organ and moved to balcony in 1983.  See details below.
Manuals: 2
Ranks: 22 (current)
Stops: 20 (current)
Action: Electro-pneumatic

Notes: In 1929 when the new church was completed, a new pipe organ was purchased. This organ was a two manual instrument built by the Voetteler-Holtkamp-Sparling Co. of Cleveland, OH and was installed at a cost of $7500. At this time, the choir loft would hold approximately 50 people and was often filled to capacity. The organ was installed in a transcept/choir loft to the left as you faced the front of church.

The organ was rebuilt and moved to the balcony in 1983 by Larry Krusie, Freeport Organ Co. Hiawatha, Iowa at a cost of $140,000. The rebuilt, two manual and pedal pipe organ consisting of 20 stops, 22 ranks, and 1262 pipes and chimes was first used publicly at morning worship on June 12, 1983. The balcony was remodeled to accomodate the move and included new lighting, carpet and chairs.

It was followed by an introductory concert by Pastor Paul Christenson of First Lutheran Church in Decorah, IA that evening. The formal dedication of the organ was held November 20, 1983.

Identified by Jayson R. Engquist (2020) through family ties and personal information.