Decorah Lutheran Church is excited to welcome Pastor Brenda Crossfield to serve as associate pastor.
Pastor Brenda grew up in Okabena, MN (small town in Southwest MN) and graduated from Heron Lake-Okabena-Lakefield High School. Studied Chemistry and Biology at Minnesota West and got her AA and AAS, transferred to South Dakota State University (Go Jack Rabbits!) and got her BS in Biology with Microbiology and Chemistry minors. After college, she worked in the health care field for a group of ophthalmologists and optometrists in the Kansas City Metro for almost 10 years before heading to Wartburg Seminary.
Since seminary she has served congregations in Prairie Village, KS and Chariton, IA. She currently is working on her Doctorate in Ministry with a focus on Congregational Health with a projected graduation date of May, 2018. She has worked with the city of Mission, KS steering committee on revitalizing the city parks and walking trails, Mission KS Citizen's Police Academy and DUI enforcement and many community activities. In Chariton, she was the President of the Ministerial Alliance and worked with the community food pantry.
In her quiet time, she likes to watch movies, walk and crochet. She also has 2 nieces and a nephew that occupy her vacation time.