Welcome to Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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
Senior Pastor

Pastor Mark
                LarsonPastor 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. 

In his Welcome Letter and Welcome Video, Pastor Mark shares his passion for welcoming people into our Bethlehem community. Click here to learn more about Pastor Mark's background on his biography.

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Pastor Sarah Rohde

Associate Pastor

Pastor SarahA 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.

Vicar Lucy Wynard

Pastoral Intern

Vicar LucyVicar 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.