Pontoppidan was first organized at a meeting in a Fargo home on Dec. 14, 1877. The name of the congregation was adopted: Pontoppidan Norwegian – Danish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation. The name Pontoppidan was chosen in honor of Bishop Erik Pontoppidan, an author of religious instruction. The name was not a unanimous decision and was later questioned – changing to the First Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fargo. The name was changed back to Pontoppidan within a month.
The following 25 people were the official charter members: