Meet your call committee nominees!

These member of the First Lutheran Church congregation are being recommended by the church council to serve on the call committee for our senior pastor call process.

These nominees represent a wide range of backgrounds and demographics, and are a mix of longstanding members and new members.

We are grateful to each of them for accepting the nomination to serve, and look forward to approving them at our August 30 congregational meeting so they can begin their work.

Brenda Carlson

Brenda Carlson

Hi!  I am a farm girl from Gunder, Iowa, a Luther College graduate and together with my husband, David, we are blessed with six children and seventeen grandchildren.  I joined First Lutheran in 1979 when I moved to Decorah.  I have served on the church council, taught Sunday School and Bible School, served on several committees, served as ACT team leader, assisted with Nordic Fest Smorgasbord and the Youth Banquet/Fundraiser and volunteer as an usher, deacon and lector.  (David tells me I probably shouldn’t sing in the choir!)  I am excited and hopeful for the current and visionary ministries of First Lutheran and I would be honored to serve you as a member of the callcommittee as we plan for our church’s future. 

 

Jon Hart

Jon Hart

As a long-time member at First Lutheran, I look forward to seeing you all soon in person!  I have been a member at First for 40+ years, singing in the choir for most of those years, serving on the church council several times, and chairing numerous committees over that time.  Needless to say, First Lutheran has played a major role in our lives and the lives of our family, supporting us spiritually and physically in our times of need, as well as fostering deep friendships!  My wife, Mary, served on staff as parish nurse for many years before retiring. I would be honored to serve this congregation as we move forward in the challenging months ahead.

 

Jennifer Larson

Jennifer Larson

I am looking forward to working together with the FLC call committee as we seek a pastor for our congregation.  My family and I have been members of  FLC since moving to Decorah nearly 20 years ago.  We were drawn to this place and continue to support the ministries because of the commitment made to its mission to be a community of worship, witness, spiritual growth, and service to God’s people.  I have been involved as a School school teacher, bell choir member, delegate to synod assemblies, and have been active in WELCA.  Currently I am serving on the board of directors of the NEI synodical women’s organization.  I thoroughly enjoy FLC book groups, bible study, and Online Evening Prayer.  So excited to begin this new journey with FLC. 

 

Greg McGohan

Greg McGohan

My family & I have been members of FLC for 4 years.  I grew up in southeast Iowa and graduated from Luther. We spent 21 years in Minnesota before coming “home” to Decorah.  My wife LaDonna & I have 3 kids Lily (18), Alex (14) & Oliver (4). During my time at FLC, I have been a delegate to the NE IA Synod Assembly, served on the Building Visioning Task Force and I am currently the secretary on the church council.
Heidi Miller Olinger

Heidi Miller Olinger

Hello friends, Heidi Miller Olinger here! I have been a member of FLC since 1997. I’m originally from Marshalltown, Iowa. My husband Jeff and I moved to Decorah in 1991. We have two grown children, son Drew (married to Hanna and two granddaughters Greer and Blair) and daughter Tess. I’ve served on church council in the past, as well as Youth and Family and stewardship committees. I appreciate this opportunity to further serve our congregation on the call committee

 

John Evelsizer Olson

John Evelsizer Olson

I am a Montana native who has lived, worked, and served in a number of places – Wiscosin, California, Oregon, and Colorado – before settling here in Decorah, which is my wife’s hometown. I taught science at the middle school and high school levels before pursuing my Masters in Exercise Physiology and a Physician Assistant Degree, both from the University of Colorado. We moved to Decorah In 2016. I currently work at Winneshiek Medical Center as a Physician Assistant,  working in Family Practice/Occupational Health/Urgent Care/Emergency Room/Orthopedics. We have 3 kids, David, a senior, 17 years old, Andrew, 8th grade, 13 years old, and Kaya, 3rd grade, 8 years old. Here at First, I have been involved with youth ministry as an adult advisor. I traveled with the youth group to Flathead Bible Camp in 2019, and this summer I took two youth to Christikon Lutheran Bible Camp, both in Montana.  I am looking forward to serving on the call committee at First Lutheran.
Zac Robinson

Zac Robinson

I grew up mostly in Decorah and moved to Colorado after college.  I spent about 17 years there and moved back to Decorah with my family in 2018.  Amy and I have 3 kids; Conner (3rd grade), Peter (K), and Lilly (13 months).  I’ve been a member of the Church Council since February.

 

Betsy Vogel

Betsy Vogel

My family joined FLC in the fall of 2019 after moving to Decorah. I own a financial planning firm in addition to caring for our children, Marta (6) and Simon (2). Having served various roles in former congregations including a call committee, I look forward to serving FLC in this capacity. My husband JT and I enjoy FLC’s friendly community and wide range of ministries.