First Lutheran Church
First Lutheran Church

Staff of First Lutheran Church

Our staff at First Lutheran Church are devoted to to the mission of the church. Below you can contact the staff via email by clicking on their name.

Senior Pastor:
Pastor Corey Fuhrman

Pastor Corey Fuhrman joined the staff of First Lutheran Church in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Jamestown College and Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Bexley, OH. Pastor Corey was ordained in June of 1998. He and his late wife, Kelly, have three children: Carly, Jonah, and Jacob.

Associate Pastor:
Pastor Linnea Papke-Larson

Pastor Linnea Papke-Larson is serving as our Associate Pastor. She previously served as chaplain at WoodsEdge Senior Living Campus in Bemidji, as Visitation Pastor here at First Lutheran, and as co-pastor at Dallas and New Scandinavia Lutheran Churches in rural Wisconsin. She is married to Mark Papke-Larson and together they have three grown children.

Director of Worship and Music Ministries:
Sarah Carlson
Ms. Carlson obtained her undergraduate degree in music from St. Olaf College and her Master of Music in Organ Performance from The University of Iowa. She remains active as a recitalist and enjoys collaborating with musicians in the area. Her three children all enjoy singing in the Junior Choir at FLC. 

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Tyler Bublitz

Tyler joined the staff of First Lutheran in 2018. He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a major in Biology and minors in Environmental Studies and Religion.  He enjoys sports, music, photography, and being out in nature.  He also is the host of the Faith and Science Podcast in his spare time.

Director of Children's Ministry:
Heidi Doyle

Heidi grew up in Bemidji and graduated from Bemidji High School in 1989. She has been a member of First Lutheran Church since 1972 and later was confirmed and married here. Heidi received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Aviation and a Minor in Art from Mankato State University in 1995. She is married to Troy Doyle with six grown children: Alexis, Alicia, Cody, Alex, Kia, & Megan, and three grandchildren. Heidi also serves as our Wedding Coordinator. She loves to teach our Sunday School and Preschool Wednesday Bible School classes. Adaptable – Empathetic – Developer – Positive Thinker - Achiever

Office Manager:
Karen Peterson

Karen has come full circle.  Her father (Rev. Ted Peterson) was First Lutheran's Youth Pastor when she was a child.  Karen's undergraduate degrees are Sociology and Social Work from Concordia College.  She is a Librarian, with a Master's in Library Science from the University of Iowa.  Having lived in Oregon, Virginia and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi), she has met people from many different cultures.  It is good to be back in Bemidji, at First Lutheran and with her parents.  Karen enjoys meeting people, crocheting, reading, needlework and spending time with friends.

Financial Administrator:

Brent Gitz


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Audio Technician

Nate Halse


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Preschool Director/Teacher:

Joyce Claypool


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Preschool Teacher :

Taylor Hartje


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Preschool Teacher's Aid

Savanna Holum


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Terry Nelson
Terry was born and grew up in Blackduck and graduated from Blackduck High School in 1999.  He has lived in Bemidji for the past 10 years.  Terry enjoys being outdoors; hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.  Terry has also had a life long interest in the field of automobiles.

Assistant Custodian

Kristina Granroos


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Food Service Manager:
John Frankfurth

John is a Minnesotan and was born in Little Falls. John has been working with food for 32 years and is licensed, has USDA training, and is Serve Safe certified.  He has been a professional cook for 20 years. He has been the Vice President and Food Service Manager for the Soup Kitchen for the past 12 years.


Our Address

900 Bemidji Ave N.

Bemidji, MN 56601


Tel:   218-444-5302

Fax:  218-444-5306


Our Office Hours

Mon-Fri :

08:30 am - 04:30 pm

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

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