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Rev. John F. Holt, Lead Pastor


John_250Church phone:  (507) 373-6424 (ext. 105)
Home phone:  (507) 377-0046
Cell phone:  (507) 383-4750
Email: John

Pastor John and his wife Joan have four children: Bethany, Nathan, Micah, and Naomi. Pastor John was ordained in 1980 in Ellsworth, IA.  Previously he served as pastor in the Dwight-Mooreton Lutheran Parish in North Dakota, and at Our Savior's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jackson, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm near Ellsworth, Iowa.  His father is deceased.  His three brothers and his mother still live in central Iowa. John enjoys being with his family, playing guitar, singing, doing projects around the house, working out and preaching God's Word!

Dr. Kyle Fever, Pastor


PastorFeverChurch Phone: (507) 373-6424
Email: Kyle Fever


Rev. Al Stoa, Visitation Pastor


Visitor_250Church Phone: (507) 373-6424
Cell Phone: (641) 390-1563
Email: Al
Al and his wife Nancy have been married 50 years and blessed with 5 children and 16 grandchildren.  Al met Nancy in High School here in Albert Lea, attended Sunday School and was Confirmed here at First Lutheran.  He went to college at Luther in Decorah and served in the US Army, spending time in Germany. 

During his ministry, Al has served parishes in Sumner, Clermont, Silver Lake, and Northwood, IA. He also served as a chaplain at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood, IA. Al is retired, but very active and serves First Lutheran as our part-time visitation pastor.

Tim O'Shields, Minister of Music and Worship

Music Staff

I am very happy to be at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea after spending twenty years in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Long, cold winters and plenty of snow are not new for me!  I know that the Hand of God was in the calling to come here--not only to be the music director, but to be a part of the ministries and outreach of FLC.  We will work together to build on the wonderful music programs that already exist here at FLC.  Also, an important focus is to build music ministry and outreach programs for the children and youth of our church.

First Lutheran is wonderful place to worship and it is very exciting to have a full selection of worship services ranging from traditional to contemporary and some "in-between".  We have a wonderful organ for the traditional sounds.  Thanks to all the people who have worked hard to have and maintain that glorious instrument.  I love to balance the traditional music with the exciting sounds of our praise band and singers--what a blessing.

I was originally born in South Carolina, so you will detect a southern accent.  However, adjustment to Minnesota life is coming naturally.  I have even been to a ludafisk feast and learned to make lefseh.  Thanks for your warm welcome and open arms!


Marjorie Peterson, Assistant Organist Emeritus

Music Staff

Marge_SharperMarjorie recently retired after service FLC for over forty years as the assistant organist. The staff invited her and her daughters to a special lunch in her honor to thank her for the years of faithful service to us and to the Lord. May God continue to bless her and Ralph in these years of retirement! 

Jenny Edwin, Christian Education Coordinator

Education & Youth

JennyEChurch phone: (507) 373-6424 (ext. 110)
Home phone: (507) 373-8046
Email: Jenny

I was born and raised in Richfield, MN. I am the oldest of 3 girls. After graduating from high school, I attended the University of North Dakota for 2 years and then transferred to Saint Cloud State University. There I completed a degree in dental hygiene.

My husband, John, and I have have 2 boys, Jack and Max. I have been a stay at home mom and coached high school gymnastics for NRHEG.

As the Christian Education Coordinator, I manage the Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, F.L.Y., and the Confirmation Programs. We have a wonderful ministry for young people at First Lutheran!


Jordan Winter, Director of Youth Ministries

Education & Youth

JordanChurch Phone: (507) 373-6424 ext. 108
Email: Jordan

I'm was born and raised in Iowa.  I grew up and graduated high school in Estherville. I received a business management degree in 2006 at Luther College in Decorah, IA. While in college, I spent my summers working at two church camps and a church.  I spent 2 summers at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, one summer at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN, doing elementary sports camp. My final summer was at Lutheran Lakeside Camp, where I met my wife. After college I worked as the Youth and Family Coordinator at a Lutheran church in Burlington, IA. for almost two years.

As the Youth Director, I help run the programs for youth, including Eikon, Drive, and Donut Hour. I married Joee Williams in July 2009 at First Lutheran Church. She teaches high school math in Austin.

Julie T., Communications Secretary

Office Staff


Church phone:
(507) 373-6424 (ext. 101)
Email: Julie T

Office Hours:
M - Friday, 8 - 5 p.m.
JT's main tasks are to publish the newsletter "Messenger," create worship bulletins and PowerPoints, manage the program calendar, and various other tasks including answering the phone and welcoming people as they visit the church office.


Julie S., Financial Secretary

Office Staff

JulieSChurch phone: (507) 373-6424 (ext. 100)
Email: Julie S

Office Hours:
M-F, 8 - 5 p.m.

Julie's main tasks are to manage the church membership records and financial information. Julie takes care of many other things as well as welcoming people as they enter the office or when she answers the phone!


Steve Olson, Building Superintendent

Building Staff

SteveOChurch phone: (507) 373-6424  (ext. 111)
Home: (Emergencies only) 377-7005

Steve maintains the building and grounds, and oversees construction and remodeling projects. He works together with the Properties Commission to complete building improvements and repairs. He also manages the work of the other custodial staff. Steve has been an important part of our building and remodeling projects, and is an excellent all around maintenance guy! Mr. Fixit!


Daytime Custodian

Building Staff

Tim_M2_webDaytime Custodian, Tim Miller

Tim recently joined our staff in 2012 and is responsible for the general cleaning, day to day set ups, and security of the building.


Evening Custodian

Building Staff

Al Christenson is our evening and weekend custodian.

Sunday Morning Nursery Supervisor

Building Staff

Mindy175Mindy Toenges joined us in the Fall of 2009 to help run the Sunday morning nursery. She is available from 8 - 12:00 on Sunday mornings for nursery help for young children during worship or Sunday School. Great to have you!

First Lutheran Church Council 2010 - 2011

Lay Leadership

We are organized by various commissions - to gather, equip, and empower people to do Christ's work - 
For the Love of Christ!


PresidentJanice Hammer - Vice PresidentMark Light
Treasurer: David Van Fossen - SecretaryPeggy Rahn,
Council Members: Barb Anderson/Mary Stapleton, Dawn Winkels, Joe LaFrance, Davis Gilbertson, Elaine Peterson, Deloris Fligge, John Sorlie, Diane Damerow
Pastors John Holt and Joel Erickson, Interim Associate Pastor

Education and Literature Commission
Chairperson:  Diane Damerow
Sharon Johnson, Beth Doyle
Al Jorgenson, Ann Hareid
Amber Jensen, Bob Johnson
Amy Ladlie, Bonnie Schneider
Deb Drescher, Cindy Fjermestad
Dan Davis, Shirlie Brownlow

Worship, Music & Arts Commission
Co-Chair:  Barb Anderson 
Co-Chair:  Mary Stapleton
Jane Hanson, Tom & Judy Mullen 
Lilah Aas, Karen Szymanowski
Dennis Georgia Wentzel
Deb Koenigs, Herb Andersen
Dara Gjersvik, Judy Mullen
Tom Larson and Becky Boelter
Kathy Carter

Youth & Young Adult Commission
Co-Chair:  Dawn Winkels
Cali Christensen, Cindy Falk
Craig Mower, Marnie Thompson
Angie Dauer, Bob Sasser 

Social Ministry Commission
Chairperson: Davis Gilbertson
Bonnie Trampel
Julie Gilbertson,
Sharon Overgaard
Monrad Mandsager
Dave & Sue Olson
Don & Judy Kropp

Church Property Commission
Chairperson: John Sorlie
Scott Knutson
Gene Pacovsky
Hazel Senske
Robert Hartke
Mark Thompson
Marge LaFrance
Steve Overgaard
Robert Rowe

Evangelism Commission
Co-Chair: Elaine Peterson
Marge Moine, Lora Millang
Milo Peterson, Nona Sipple
Dorothy Blom, Diane Olson,
Vic & Mary Nelson,
Larry Trampel

Stewardship Commission
Chairperson: Jo LaFrance
David Nelson, Natalie Runden,
Marlene Behle, Steven J. Schulz
Allen M. Anderson, David Christensen

Life and Growth Commission
Co-Chair: Deloris Fligge
Co-Chair: Vonnie Oftedahl 
Duane & Eunice Hatleli
Ray & Bev McMullin
Jody Nechanicky
Della Simmons, Thelma Foss
Frances Swenson
Keith Fligge, Elaine Panzer
Wanda Dorman

Co-President: Elaine Peterson
Co-President: Gen Montei 



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   Bill S. is the Webmaster for First Lutheran Church. He
   is primarily updating the calender along with the 
   newsletter and the council minutes.