Thursday, July 18, 2019
Pastor Elden Simonson

Pastor Elden Simonson - SZLCPastor Elden Simonson was called to be the intentional interim pastor at South Zumbro Lutheran Church on January 2, 2017, at the retirement of their pastor who had served for over 26 years. He will be the Shepherd of this spiritually alive church as they pray, seek God's guidance, and seek their new pastor. Pastor Elden is rostered in the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).  


He received his Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1999. He was ordained by the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin that same year.

After high school, Pastor Elden enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and rose to the rank of Master Sargent. He worked as an Avionics Technician on B-52 bombers and B1-B bombers. He finished his B.S. in Applied Management at National Business College in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Prior to coming to South Zumbro, Pastor Elden served churches in Wisconsin, and for the past 11 years, he was the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church on Kodiak Island, Alaska, home of the Kodiak brown bear and 5 different kinds of salmon! Elden is a Jesus loving Lutheran who also loves his church.

Elden married his bride, Karen (Pierson), on June 10, 1978. They have two daughters. Sarah drives rescue boats for the U.S. Coast Guard and is married to Chris Williams, who is a Flight Mechanic and flies on rescue helicopters. They have three children. Abby is our youngest daughter, and she teaches deaf children in Anchorage, Alaska. She is married to Jim Allan, who is a manager for a retail store. They have two children.

Pastor Elden can be contacted by cell phone @ 907-654-7336 or email

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