Pastor Brian R. Mortenson is the Intentional Interim Senior Pastor. He was called to First Lutheran in January 2017.
Pastor Mortenson attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies; Luther Theological Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity; and the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP), Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
Pastor Mortenson has served as Senior Pastor and Interim Senior Pastor at churches in Arizona, Minnesota and South Dakota for 14 years, he was the Founder and Senior Chaplain for the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department and Sioux Falls Police Department and for the past 17 years has worked in Philanthropy and Development.
Pastor Mortenson was called to First Lutheran to serve as the Intentional Interim Senior Pastor, following the retirement of Pastor Paul Peel, Senior Pastor who served for the past 48 years. His role is to provide leadership to the congregation throughout this "in between" time and help them with everything involved in the process of calling the new permanent senior pastor.
Pastor Mortenson's personal calling and conviction right now is to be serving as a Transition Interim pastor. He has confidence that this is what he is supposed to be doing and he is experiencing immense satisfaction in the opportunity to be doing precisely that here at First Lutheran.
Pastor Mortenson is married to Sheri and they have three grown children and almost three grandchildren!