Francis Wesley Monseth

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, pastor, teacher and friend met his Jesus face to face when he passed from this life into glory on Good Friday March 29, 2013. He was 71 years old. Preceded in death by parents Pastor Fritjof and Olga Monseth. Survived by beloved wife of 46 years, Ellen Mae; Children Naomi (Bob) Halvorson, Nathan (Julie) Monseth, Rachel (Justin) Jones, Rebecca (Kyle) Torfin, Benjamin (Andrea) Monseth and Rhoda (Nate) Jore; sister Rhoda (Pastor Erling) Huglen; 27 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fran was born Nov 24, 1941 in Minot, ND. He spent his early years growing up in Zahl, ND, Valley City, ND and Superior, WI. He graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran HS in Fargo, ND in 1959. He attended the Lutheran Bible Institute and Augsburg College in Mpls, before finishing at Valley City State with a B.A. in English. He attended the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary and graduated in 1967. He served his first parish at Calvary Lutheran in Everett, WA (1967-1971) before being called to teach full time at AFLTS in 1971. He completed his Masters Degree at Seattle Pacific, Master of Divinity at AFLTS, Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Theology at Concordia in St. Louis, MO. He went on to become the Dean of AFLTS from 1981 to present. Dr. Monseth was a wise man with many intellectual achievements; however, what mattered to him most was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His greatest desire was to see people come to know Jesus personally, and he shared his love for Jesus whenever he could. Many lives were blessed by his spoken and written words. His ministry took him all around the world and included work in Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Estonia, Latvia, Uganda and Tanzania. He loved his AFLC family and cherished the relationships he made with fellow professors, students and friends of the AFLC. He attended Grace Free Lutheran Church (formerly Medicine Lake Lutheran) in Maple Grove for the last 42 years and developed lasting friendships with many dear people.
Fran loved his family so much. He loved to travel and enjoy God’s beautiful creation with Ellen. He loved to work out in the garden, take care of the animals on their hobby farm and build with his hands. He loved people. He loved his church family and the AFLC. He loved to read and study the Word of God. He loved Jesus.
Memorial service Sat, April 6, 2:30pm at the AFLC Chapel, 3110 E. Medicine Lk. Blvd, Plymouth. Visitations Fri, April 5, 10am-2pm and Sat, April 6, 12:30-2:30pm at the AFLC Chapel. Service will also be available to view via live stream at
Private internment Sun, April 7 at Orono Cemetery, Elk River, MN
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to AFLTS, AFLBS or AFLC World Missions.
Funeral arrangement have been entrusted to Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 763-531-1777.