Pastors and Staff

IMG_2789Amy Zalk Larson, Pastor

Pastor Amy Zalk Larson started her schedule as the new pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Monday, August 10, 2015. She was formally installed on September 13, 2015. Pastor Amy is the fifth pastor to serve the church since it was founded in 1958.



Pastor Amy’s Office Hours
9:30-12:30 Monday-Friday

For emergencies contact Pastor Amy Zalk Larson on her cell phone 


Most recently, Pastor Amy 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 was ordained July 9, 2000.  

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

Marion Pruitt-Jefferson, Visitation Pastor (on leave)

Pr. Marion graduated with a BA degree in music from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and then spent four years serving as an LCA missionary in Japan. She attended the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, graduating in 1995 with a Masters of Divinity degree. While preparing to be a pastor, Marion also began playing the organ, studying with Paul Manz. In 1996 she accepted a call to First Lutheran in Decorah where she served for 16 years. Most recently, Pr. Marion served as a Campus Pastor in College Ministries at Luther College.

Pr. Marion is married to John Jefferson, and together they have eight children and three grandchildren. Among her hobbies Pr. Marion enjoys sailing, bird watching, reading, cooking and playing piano and flute.

Pr. Marion can be reached by phone (563-379-6197) or email:

Kathryn Thompson, Vicar for Children, Youth and Family Ministry

Congregation member Kathryn Thompson was installed in the new, part-time position of Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry on July 8, 2018. She transitioned to the position of Vicar of Children, Youth & Family Ministry on August 1, 2020.  As Vicar, she serves the congregation’s mission by coordinating learning, service, and faith formation curriculum, programming, and opportunities for children, youth, and their families. The focus of her service will be strengthening Sunday School, Youth Forum, and Vacation Bible School programs, nurturing families’ growth in faith along with their children’s, and equipping the congregation to share in this work so that all will find connections to worship and service in God’s world.  Kathryn loves seeing what young ones have to teach us, as well as seeing families supported and uplifted by the community of support found in the church environment.  Contact Kathryn:  507-319-4460 or

Kathryn’s interest in working in ministry started at Sugar Creek Bible Camp, Ferryville, Wisconsin, where she worked as a camp counselor and assistant program director for three summers during college. A 2010 graduate of St. Olaf College with a degree in English and license to teach Communication Arts/Literature for grades 5-12, her first position was in her hometown, Pine Island, Minnesota, as a high school English teacher and athletic coach.  During that time, Kathryn also worked as part-time music director at People of Hope Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minnesota. After moving to Decorah with her wife, Sara, in 2014, she worked briefly at Luther College and NICC before assuming her position as an English teacher at Decorah High School in 2015.  In August 2020, Kathryn began her work at Luther College where she started the Collaborative Learning Program at Wartburg Seminary.  She is a full-time seminary student while also learning by doing as she carries out ministry with Luther and Good Shepherd.  She and Sara are the parents of a daughter, Greta Renee.

Brooke Joyce, Music Director

Dr. Brooke JoyceBrooke Joyce is Good Shepherd’s Music Director, planning and preparing music for worship services, as well as playing organ and piano. Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Brooke earned degrees in music composition from Lawrence University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Princeton University. He is the Composer in Residence at Luther College and a faculty member of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic. Prior to moving to Decorah, he served Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist and UCC congregations in Ohio and Virginia. He and his wife, Jennifer Self, are the parents of two sons: Keegan, who made his Good Shepherd debut as baby Jesus in 2010, and Kyle, baptized June 21, 2015. Contact Brooke:

Jenny Werner, Administrative Assistant

I grew up on a farm near Winona, MN, which has been in our family since 1856. After college, I began working in Minneapolis, where I met my husband, Dan, and we were married in 1988. Dan’s career brought us to live in four different states, Reno, Nevada (where our children were born), Owatonna, MN, Seaford, DE and finally to Decorah in 2008. Our children, Kathryn and John, graduated from Wartburg and Luther respectively. Kathryn is living in Denver CO, working at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and John is working for the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.  Contact Jenny:

Office hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Dave and Sharyl Haugen, Custodians  

Erik Berg, Security