We welcome Pastor Duane Larson and wife Joen to Christ the King Church. Pastor Larson will serve as head of staff during the search process for the senior pastor. Pastor Larson reports to the council as does the seach committee.
Pastor Larson is a native of California. He is an alum of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He earned the Master of Divinity from Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served three congregations in California. After completing his doctoral work in systematic theology at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, Dr. Larson began teaching at Gettysburg Theological Seminary. In 1999 Professor Larson was called to serve as president of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
Since 2010 Pastor Larson has served as an adjunct professor and as an intentional interim pastor. He has written three books and numerous articles. He serves on the board of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. He is active in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran World Federation.
Pastor Larson and his wife Joen have two adult children and six grand children. He enjoys choral singing, playing the guitar, and proving “regularly that he does not belong on a golf course.”