Rev. James Oldfield Obituary

 Rev. James H Oldfield
Rev. James H. Oldfield
Rev. James H Oldfield

February 20, 1951 - April 1, 2017
Born in New Ulm, Minnesota
Resided in Anchorage, AK


Following a lifetime of ministering to those around him, James passed away peacefully at home on April 1, 2017 with his wife and daughter by his side. His faith in God brought him peace throughout his battle with brain cancer, and he is now joyfully home in heaven.

James was born to the late John Everett Oldfield and Ruth (Frederich) Oldfield and raised in New Ulm, MN. He attended St. Paul's Lutheran grade school, and graduated from Martin Luther Academy in 1969. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern College in 1973, and his Master of Arts in Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1977.

That same year, he married the love of his life, Colleen. Together they traveled to Washington State, where James served as pastor of Divine Peace Lutheran Church in Renton for seven years, followed by Redeemer Lutheran Church in Yakima for another seven years. During these years, James and Colleen were blessed with three children. In February of 1992 they drove the Alaska Highway to Anchorage. James began 24 years of service as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Anchorage.

James was a lifelong athlete and adventurer. He played softball, cheered for the Mariners and Seahawks, camped, cross-country skied and hiked many miles with his family. Some of his adventures included a summer in Glacier National Park working as a "jammer" and traveling throughout Europe with Colleen where they once waltzed on a piazza in Levanto, Italy.

Most importantly, James was privileged to share God's Word with countless people over the 38 year course of his official ministry. He served as circuit pastor to both the Eastern Washington and Alaska circuits in the Pacific Northwest District of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and was elected to the District Mission Board in 1988. He served as chairman from 1990-2000. He will be remembered as a gifted preacher and teacher by all who were so blessed to know him.

James is survived by his wife of 39 years, Colleen; children Jessica (Pete) McIntyre, Joanna (Johnny) Caselli, John (Kristina) Oldfield; grandchildren Bradyn, Cody, Aidan, Sofia, Nicholas and Ava; brother Jack Oldfield, sisters Anne Burns and Connie Worley and 18 nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Christian funeral service at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, at Faith Lutheran Church; 5200 Lake Otis Parkway. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Faith Lutheran Church.




Christian Funeral Service
Faith Lutheran Church
5200 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK 99507
Saturday, April 22, 2017
2:00 PM


Faith Lutheran Church
5200 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK 99507