First Lutheran Church Pastors & Staff
Pastor Andy Hermodson-Olsen
Pastor Andy joined the First Lutheran staff in August 2018. He is a Minnesota boy, growing up in the communities of Cyrus, Benson, Glencoe, and Luverne and graduating from Concordia College, Moorhead. During college, Andy spent his summers doing one of the best jobs ever - working at bible camp (Shetek Lutheran Ministries)! After college, Pastor Andy traveled to Baltimore to serve a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Then he was honored to attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio where he received his Master of Divinity. It was during his seminary internship in Fairmont, MN that he met Rosine. They married a year and half later and moved to Frederick, SD where Pastor Andrew served his first call. He has also served in Glenwood, MN and Brownton, MN.
Pastor Andy and Rosine have five children and three grandchildren. They love to travel and share time with friends and family. They are thankful the God has called them to faith and service in the beautiful and diverse world. Soli Deo Gloria! (Glory to God alone)
Pastor Matt Seegert
Pastor Matt has served at First Lutheran since July, 2018. He hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, home of the world's largest trivia contest. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2010) where he studied Philosophy and Religious Studies. He spent summers during his college years working at Crossways Camping Ministries in Central Wisconsin. After graduation, he spent a year as a volunteer with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Oakland, CA. He went on after that to serve for two years as Coordinator of Christian Education at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in Wausau, WI. In 2018, he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA.
Pastor Matt is married to Becky, who teaches English Language Learners (ELL). They have one daughter. Pastor Matt loves to read, hike, play guitar, sing, and be on the water. In the winter he enjoys curling and any outside activity that isn't shoveling.
Erin Kuehl, Deacon
Erin has been in St. James and at First Lutheran since 2011. She is the coordinator of youth and education ministries. Prior to moving to St. James she served for 10 years as an Associate in Ministry in Youth and Family at West Middleton Lutheran Church in Verona, Wisconsin. Erin is originally from Racine, Wisconsin and graduated from Winona State University.
Corinne is a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church and has worked as the parish secretary since 2004. She is a native of St. James and attended Pipestone Vocational School.