Meet Our Pastor


Reverend Dale Larson

Dale Larson graduated from Olympia High School and studied Forest Technology at Centralia College before transferring to Western Washington State College where he earned his degree in Park and Recreation Management with a minor in Natural History.

Dale met his wife Kelly, a graduate of Naselle-Grays River, while working at Fort Columbia as a seasonal Interpretative Assistant. Dale and Kelly have four adult children, three of whom live in Washington, and one grandchild.

While living in the Tri-cities and attending First Lutheran, Kennewick the Larson’s met Pastor Mike Scheid who later served First and Our Savior's. Pastor Schheid fanned Dale’s growing call to attend Seminary which led Dale to Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where he graduated in 1993 and was assigned to Region 6 in the midwest (not back home to Region 1 as hoped for).

Ordained at Roberts Park United Methodist Church during the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly Reverend Larson served that Synod as Pastor at Antioch, Hoagland, St. Paul, Michigan City, St. Paul, Vincennes, Our Savior, Princeton, St. Peter, Camden, and St. Matthew, Delphi.  Pastor and Kelly had always planned to return home after Seminary.  Feeling the call to return home Kelly secured a job at Central Washington University in 2006 and Dale in 2008, after obtaining a Masters in Adult, Higher, & Community Education and Public Administration, secured a position with Washington State University as a 4-H Extension Agent.

In the Fall of 2010, after one and a half years on leave, Pastor Dale was invited to serve as stated supply for Grace, Mattawa which in 2012 became a part-time call. In 2015 his career in education took him to Southern Oregon. After prayerful consideration, the support of Kelly, and encouragement from pastoral colleagues, Dale entered into the call process which resulted in being called to serve as pastor here at First Lutheran.

Educated at Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, OH

Ordained at the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly in Indianapolis, IN June 1993