Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our mission is to INVITE all people to become disciples of Jesus Christ, NURTURE each other's faith, and GO into the world to live for God.
Meet our Pastors
Pastor Mark H. Larson
Pastor Mark started his service as Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in December of 2004. He is most passionate about guiding Bethlehem towards fulfilling its vision of being a community of disciples, not just members. Central to his vision is that each one of us is blessed with unique gifts, skills, and experiences that we’re called to nurture to their fullest and invited to share with each other. Pastor Mark truly believes that our personal service to Jesus Christ grows most fully when we walk in faith together.
Pastor Sarah Rohde
A Midwesterner at
heart, Pastor Sarah came into the world in a small, rural
town in South Dakota, and lived her childhood years in
Sioux Falls, South Dakota and New Ulm, Minnesota. Her
father, Paul, currently serves as campus pastor at
Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Sarah’s mother, Susan,
teaches elementary school music and also leads worship
music at their home congregation. Pastor Sarah is the
eldest of three sisters. Anna teaches high school English;
Inga works with the L’Arche community in Tacoma.
Pastor Sarah delights in music, culture, and big questions. These passions led her to study piano, religion, and Spanish at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. After college, she served in Cuernavaca, Mexico through the ELCA’s “Young Adults in Global Mission” Program.
She is a recent graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and is married to Andrew Packman, a doctoral student of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School and an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Pastor Sarah is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, loves to bake bread, cherishes hand-written letters and loves sharing conversation over a good cup of espresso.