Rich Larson, D. Min.
(651) 439-3450, ext. 12
Pastor Rich's hopes for Bethlehem:
More important than growing in numbers or growing in programs or finances, I believe that we must all commit ourselves to growing in faith and spirit. I will consider myself successful at Bethlehem if I have helped people become closer to Christ as their savior, and if I have aided our members in achieving a deeper spiritual walk. We continue looking for God's activity in the world around us.
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN - B.A. in Music and Religion (1976)
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, M. Div. (1980)
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, D.Min. (2010)
West Prairie Lutheran Church, Williston, ND (1980-1986)
First Lutheran Church, Associate Pastor, Stoughton, WI (1986-1996)
Pastor Rich joined Bethlehem as Sr. Pastor in August of 1996.
Sharon Follingstad, D. Mus.
Director of Worship and Music
(651) 439-3450, ext. 11
I am a life-long Lutheran who has been interested in a Church Music ministry since I was a small child. I am so glad to be a part of your staff here at Bethlehem Lutheran Church! I am also pleased to be a part of such a vibrant congregation as and I look enjoy working with the various musical groups, Bridge of Harmony, Adult Choir and Bell Choir. I also love playing your wonderful pipe organ, which is one of the best that I have ever played!
490 N. Fourth Street
Bayport, MN 55003