At an August 30 congregational meeting, the following FLC members were elected to serve on the call committee for our senior pastor call process.
They represent a wide range of backgrounds and demographics, and are a mix of longstanding members and new members.
We are grateful to each of them for accepting the nomination to serve.
My husband Tom and I have been members of First Lutheran since 1997 when we returned from Geneva, Switzerland where I worked for the Lutheran World Federation’s Dept. for World Service. After serving a brief time as Luther College’s Director for Church Relations, we moved to Minneapolis and I went to work for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. However, we kept our associate membership at First during the seven years I worked for Thrivent.
After I retired and returned to Decorah, I have served on the Church Council, sung in the choir and assisted Interim Pastor Harris Hostager as the congregation went through the call process that ended with Pastor Chad’s installation at First. I also helped establish the Decorah Community Meal that seven years ago began serving free meals to members of the Decorah community. We served thousands of guests at First until structural problems closed the Fellowship Hall and kitchen.
My working life has all been with the Lutheran Church in a number of different capacities, but usually in the field of international aid and mission. I am a Luther grad, sang in Nordic Choir and then went on to get an M.A. from Pacific Lutheran University and an M.A. in Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul.
Heidi Miller Olinger
John Evelsizer Olson