About Us

First Lutheran is your grandmother's church, your kid's church, your parent's church, and your church. We live, serve, reach out, and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. We give God's Word in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sinners. We teach how to share the good news while serving our neighbors' needs and building up the community of faith. Explore our site to learn more, and imagine where you might like to get involved at First Lutheran!

First Lutheran Church was founded in 1920, and we are part of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Click here to read FLC’s history.

Worship at flc

Our worship services range in style from contemplative (Saturday, 5 p.m.) to traditional (Sunday, 8 and 9:30 a.m.) to contemporary (Sunday, 11 a.m.). The style of each service is secondary to the reason we gather—to give our thanks to God and to be transformed by the message of the Gospel. Bulletins (including large-print) are available to guide you through every part of our worship service. We encourage families to worship together, but nursery care is also available for our youngest members. The decision to dress up or dress casually for church is entirely up to you. Holy Communion is offered every Saturday at the 5 p.m. service, every Sunday at the 8 a.m. service, and on the first Sunday of each month at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. All baptized Christians who believe Jesus is Lord are invited to share communion with us, regardless of denomination.

Staff at FLC

Pastors

(Click name for profile if available.)

Rev. Dr. John Christopherson     (click for bio) Senior Pastor (605) 339-1983 ext. 203   jchristopherson@flcsf.org

Rev. Dr. John Christopherson (click for bio)
Senior Pastor
(605) 339-1983 ext. 203
jchristopherson@flcsf.org

Rev. Katherine Olson*  Associate Pastor of Care & Health Ministries (605) 339-1983 ext. 214   kolson@flcsf.org

Rev. Katherine Olson*
Associate Pastor of Care & Health Ministries
(605) 339-1983 ext. 214
kolson@flcsf.org

Rev. Jeff Backer  Associate Pastor of Evangelism and Outreach (605) 339-1983 ext. 209   jbacker@flcsf.org

Rev. Jeff Backer
Associate Pastor of Evangelism and Outreach
(605) 339-1983 ext. 209
jbacker@flcsf.org

Rev. Bob Chell*  Visitation Pastor

Rev. Bob Chell*
Visitation Pastor

Rev. Lars Olson  Executive Pastor (605) 339-1983 ext. 210   lolson@flcsf.org

Rev. Lars Olson
Executive Pastor
(605) 339-1983 ext. 210
lolson@flcsf.org

Rev. David Houck*  Visitation Pastor (605) 339-1983 ext. 234   dhouck@flcsf.org

Rev. David Houck*
Visitation Pastor
(605) 339-1983 ext. 234
dhouck@flcsf.org

Rev. Roger Noer*  Visitation Pastor

Rev. Roger Noer*
Visitation Pastor

Rev. Dennis Tranberg*  Visitation Pastor

Rev. Dennis Tranberg*
Visitation Pastor

Rev. Dave Johnson*  Emeritus

Rev. Dave Johnson*
Emeritus

Administrative Staff

Marilyn McNeill  Business Administrator (605) 339-1983 ext. 236   mcmneill@flcsf.org

Marilyn McNeill
Business Administrator
(605) 339-1983 ext. 236
mcmneill@flcsf.org

Cleo Sorensen*  Receptionist (605) 339-1983 ext. 201   csorensen@flcsf.org

Cleo Sorensen*
Receptionist
(605) 339-1983 ext. 201
csorensen@flcsf.org

Jody Bymers  Finance Administrator (605) 339-1983 ext. 211   jbymers@flcsf.org

Jody Bymers
Finance Administrator
(605) 339-1983 ext. 211
jbymers@flcsf.org

Kristy Zuraff*  Administrative Assistant  (605) 339-1983 ext. 225   kzuraff@flcsf.org   Afternoon Receptionist, ext. 201

Kristy Zuraff*
Administrative Assistant
(605) 339-1983 ext. 225
kzuraff@flcsf.org
Afternoon Receptionist, ext. 201

Donna Jahr  Secretary to the Pastors (605) 339-1983 ext. 202   djahr@flcsf.org

Donna Jahr
Secretary to the Pastors
(605) 339-1983 ext. 202
djahr@flcsf.org

Caring Ministries

Jordan Stone  Caring Coordinator (605) 339-1983 ext. 237   jstone@flcsf.org

Jordan Stone
Caring Coordinator
(605) 339-1983 ext. 237
jstone@flcsf.org

Cheryl Satterlee*  Wedding Coordinator

Cheryl Satterlee*
Wedding Coordinator

 

Facilities

Dave Wilson  Facilities Manager   dwilson@flcsf.org

Dave Wilson
Facilities Manager
dwilson@flcsf.org

Rick East  Custodian

Rick East
Custodian

Jeff Hartnett  Custodian

Jeff Hartnett
Custodian

Media Ministries

Jodi Hoyt  Director of Communications (605) 339-1983 ext. 231   jhoyt@flcsf.org

Jodi Hoyt
Director of Communications
(605) 339-1983 ext. 231
jhoyt@flcsf.org

Susan Bell  Communications Coordinator (605) 339-1983 ext. 252   sbell@flcsf.org

Susan Bell
Communications Coordinator
(605) 339-1983 ext. 252
sbell@flcsf.org

Jared Callahan*  Communications Assistant (605) 339-1983 ext. 213   jcallahan@flcsf.org

Jared Callahan*
Communications Assistant
(605) 339-1983 ext. 213
jcallahan@flcsf.org

Broadcast Media Staff

Technical Directors
Kathy Hein
Hons Oakland
David Palmer
Tanner Wangsness

Sanctuary Soundboard Tech
John Cerwinske

Worship and Music Ministries

Zachary Brockhoff  Director / Organist (605) 339-1983 ext. 260   zbrockhoff@flcsf.org

Zachary Brockhoff
Director / Organist
(605) 339-1983 ext. 260
zbrockhoff@flcsf.org

Bonnie Lindgren*  Carol Choir Director

Bonnie Lindgren*
Carol Choir Director

Sue Severson*  Accompanist

Sue Severson*
Accompanist

Donna Hamilton*  Accompanist

Donna Hamilton*
Accompanist

Dr. Paul Nesheim*  Adult Choir Director

Dr. Paul Nesheim*
Adult Choir Director

Ali Hoffman*  Youth Handbell Director

Ali Hoffman*
Youth Handbell Director

Pam Sonnichsen*  Instrumental Coordinator

Pam Sonnichsen*
Instrumental Coordinator

Larry Olson*  Contemporary Worship Coordinator

Larry Olson*
Contemporary Worship Coordinator

Mary Ryrholm*  Adult Handbell Director

Mary Ryrholm*
Adult Handbell Director

Shirley Barlow  Administrative Assistant (605) 339-1983 ext. 261   sbarlow@flcsf.org

Shirley Barlow
Administrative Assistant
(605) 339-1983 ext. 261
sbarlow@flcsf.org

Youth and Family Ministries

Marnie Dahle Backer  Dir. of Youth & Family Ministries (605) 339-1983 ext. 204   mdbacker@flcsf.org

Marnie Dahle Backer
Dir. of Youth & Family Ministries
(605) 339-1983 ext. 204
mdbacker@flcsf.org

Mark Nassen*  Youth & Family Coordinator (605) 339-1983 ext. 228   mnassen@flcsf.org

Mark Nassen*
Youth & Family Coordinator
(605) 339-1983 ext. 228
mnassen@flcsf.org

Heather Smith  Children's Minister (605) 339-1983 ext. 238   hsmith@flcsf.org

Heather Smith
Children's Minister
(605) 339-1983 ext. 238
hsmith@flcsf.org

Elias Youngquist  Youth Minister (605) 339-1983 ext. 235   eyoungquist@flcsf.org

Elias Youngquist
Youth Minister
(605) 339-1983 ext. 235
eyoungquist@flcsf.org

Nursery Attendants*

Nancy Henrichsen
Gayle Johnson
Irma Rodriguez Leon

* denotes part-time

Kris Stark
Samantha Stark