Pastor April Ulring Larson to become Interim Pastor


Rev. April Ulring Larson will become the official Interim Pastor of Good Shepherd during the weekend of November 8-9.  She will serve in this capacity until a permanent pastor is called to the church .  A special welcome is planned after the Sunday service which will be part of the annual W/ELCA Soup Luncheon and Country Store activity where baked goods and attic treasures will be for sale.

Rev. Larson has been in ordained ministry for thirty-six years. She has served in diverse settings, from rural parishes to fulfilling her three-term limit as Bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod where she was elected as the first woman bishop in the ELCA. Rev. Larson has served on several major boards including the board of Lutheran World Relief for eight years, the Board of Regents of Luther College for sixteen years, and the executive committee of the ELCA Conference of Bishops. She recently retired after serving as senior pastor of First Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN. Rev. Larson attended Luther College for two years, then transferred to the the University of Iowa where she earned a B.Mus, degree. She and her husband, Luther grad Rev. Judd Larson, both earned their M. Div. degrees from Wartburg Theological Seminary. They were ordained together in February, 1978.

Photo courtesy of First Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN.