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November 15, 2011

Lutheran Pilot Dies in Colorado Plane Crash

The Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP) community is mourning the death of Rev. Steve Dreher, a pastor and pilot of the association. Rev. Dreher was killed when his plane crashed in Colorado, late Thursday afternoon.

Rev. Dreher was piloting LAMP's Cessna Skymaster 337 when it went down shortly after take off Thursday in Alamosa, Colorado. Rev. Dreher was the only person on board and died in the crash.

We at LAMP are all in a state of shock and disbelief. We are coping with the help of God's word, said Rev. Bill Ney, a fellow pastor and pilot with the association. LAMP is asking for prayers for Rev. Dreher's wife Sarah and daughter Katie, as well as extended family and LAMP staff.

LAMP is a non-profit organization located in Edmonton, Alberta, with a US office in New Haven, Michigan. The organization provides spiritual witness and nurture in communities in northern remote areas of Canada through the ministry of pastor/pilots, and short and long-term volunteers-in-mission. LAMP currently works in 60 communities. Each year over 6,000 children, youth and adults are positively impacted by the ministry of LAMP staff and volunteers.

More information on LAMP, as well as a link to a condolences page for Rev. Dreher, can be found on their website: www.lampministry.org

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