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
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.
Vicar Lucy Wynard
Vicar Lucy is a seminarian from
the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in her final
year of studies. She will be spending a year as an intern
at Bethlehem. Lucy married into Chicagoland, moving
to Aurora in 2007 when she married my husband Dan. They
originally met when they were both serving in Christian
student ministry in the former Soviet Union. Both Dan and
Lucy are in the process of becoming rostered leaders in
the ELCA and Dan is currently serving as the interim
pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb. Vicar Lucy
grew up an Air Force brat, moving between Nebraska and
England. She went to college at Duke in North Carolina,
majoring in English and Religion, so she loves books and
big ideas. She also loves people! Vicar Lucy is
eager to learn, serve and worship with the Bethlehem
community in the year ahead.