Pastor Amy Zalk Larson Installed


Pastor Amy Zalk Larson was formally installed as the fifth pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at a Festival Worship Service on Sunday, September 13.  A group of children formed part of the procession to begin the service. Special music was provided by the Good Shepherd choir, band and other musicians. Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Stephen Brackett represented the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA at the Worship Service serving as preacher and installer.

A reception followed the service where Pastor Amy was presented with a welcome prayer shawl.  She was introduced to the wider community at the annual Good Shepherd Welcome Friends and Neighbors Picnic held later that day.

For the past ten years, Pastor Amy has served as campus pastor at Luther College where she worked with the Luther Student Congregation as well as students, faculty and staff. Previously, she was the Pastor of Education and Family Life at First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN and the Intern Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottawa, IL.

Pastor Amy graduated from Luther College with a BA in religion earned in 1996 and received an MDiv degree from Luther Seminary in 2000.

She is married to Pastor Matt Larson, who is pastor of the Burr Oak-Hesper Lutheran parishes in the Decorah area.  They are the parents of two children, Nathan and Abby.

Photo:  Clara Knudson