About First Lutheran Church

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Mission & Welcome

The mission of First Lutheran Church, rooted in the Gospel of God’s grace, is to be a community of worship, witness, and spiritual growth in ecumenical service to God and God’s people.

Whatever your country of origin or ancestry, your race or ethnic heritage, and whether you are religious or not, Christian or not, or Lutheran or not, you are welcome here.

Whether you are male, female or transgender, young or old, straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual, you are welcome here.

Whether you are single or partnered, married, widowed or divorced, you are welcome here.

Whether you are wealthy or poor, own a home or rent, live at home or are homeless, you are welcome here.

Whatever your political views – whether to the right, to the left or to the center, you are welcome here.

Whatever your strengths or weaknesses, gifts or challenges, they will be honored, for you are welcome here.

First Lutheran Church is committed to being a loving and welcoming community centered in the good news of Jesus Christ. In faithfulness to the Christian gospel, in reflection of our Lutheran emphasis on grace, and in celebration of our shared baptismal journey, we promise to enter into ministry with all who seek God here.

We invite you to join us for worship and take up your place with us in ministry for you are welcome at First Lutheran Church.

First Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

First Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation as an affirmation of welcome to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families.

First Lutheran Church is “Verified Clear” in our inclusion of individuals of all gender expressions and sexual orientations in the life and leadership of our congregation. For more information, visit ChurchClarity.org.

Pastors & Staff

Pastor Melissa Bills

Pastor Melissa Bills

Associate Pastor

Adrian Walter

Adrian Walter

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Jenine Jordahl

Jenine Jordahl

Parish Visitor and Volunteer Coordinator

Jill Marquardt

Jill Marquardt

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Lindsey Lund

Lindsey Lund



First Lutheran Church
604 W. Broadway
Decorah, IA 52101
(563) 382-2638

Church Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.