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Meet the Team

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Pastor Mark Johnson

Pastor Mark has been blessed to serve our Lord in ordained ministry for 26 years at congregations in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. He loves the prairies and hills of Minnesota and South Dakota where he grew up. Before serving as a pastor, he has had the privilege of serving as student, picture framer, cabinet maker, accountant, and salesman. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The focus of his ministry is preaching and equipping: Preaching that opens up the richness of Scripture and equipping that informs followers of Christ for the daily life of a believer.
He and his wife, Sarah, have two children.

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Sarah Kalkbrenner

Sarah Kalkbrenner and her husband Eric moved to Little Falls in 2009 and were soon invited by friends to come and try out their brand-new church, Faith Lutheran. Sarah and Eric found a wonderful family of believers coming together to be God’s church and immediately felt at home. They joined in 2010 and have been blessed to be a part of the growth of the church from purchasing land to building our beautiful building. Sarah began work as Faith Lutheran’s secretary in October of 2015. Now, Sarah is thankful to work closely with Pastor Nate and the congregation to keep the office running and organized. When Sarah isn’t working at the church, you can likely find her with her nose in a book, knitting needles in her hands with a cup of coffee and one or more of her cats snuggled on her lap. Preferably all at once. 

Amanda Hyatt
Ministry Volunteer Coordinator

Amanda grew up in Little Falls and now lives in Pierz with her husband, Joe, and their six children. She is a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church and feels blessed being able to see all the ways God has provided for the growth of our congregation. She began as the Ministry Volunteer Coordinator at Faith Lutheran in October 2022. She enjoys spending her mornings having coffee and devotion time with her husband. She also enjoys watching her children’s extra curricular activities, bonfires and being outdoors when it's nice outside. On cold winter days, you can usually find her and her family playing one of their many monopoly games.

Roger & Patricia Fernelius

Roger and Patricia have been married for almost 60 years and have 5 adult children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They started their marriage while Roger served in the US Navy. Both were raised in central Minnesota, but they've moved 20+ times around the Midwest, settling in Little Falls where they have been for the past 30 years. They faithfully serve Faith Lutheran in many ways. Patricia has a love for students, helping them in growing their relationship with Jesus through teaching Sunday School and Roger has a special attention for detail and cares for our building exceptionally well. Roger and Patricia enjoy spending time with family and friends who are like family. Roger enjoys fishing, hunting, and shooting trap, while Patricia enjoys painting, quilting, and Nordic art.

Council Members

Howie Larsen, Faye Sandy, Joe Hyatt, Pam Trang, Jim Nelson, Steve Fellbaum, Renae Stueber, Tom Lippert, Mike Johnson, Steve Tschida, Chris Scholl, Zack Leibold
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