Pastor Luther

Luther Thoresen- Pastor

Pastor Luther has led the people of American Lutheran for six years and been in the ministry of God's people for 35 years. Along with his sacred storytelling gospel messages, his mission is to share the word of Christ in ways rooted in the scriptures and communicated in fresh and time tested ways. He is an accomplished guitar player who has a passion for music in worship.

He grew up in Osage, Iowa where he felt led into the ministry after traveling with a team of students in college who shared music and testimony at youth events.  After he decided to attend seminary, his parents told him that they had prayed for this for years.  He credits them for the way faith was nurtured in their home.

He has been married to his wife, Paula, for 41 years and they have three grown children, Ben, Jessica and Alena and two grandchildren.  He enjoys bike riding and fishing and being in nature.


His favorite Bible verse is Galatians 2:19-20, "I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave his life for me."

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