Our Church Leadership
Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:
Roger Grafenstein - Pastor
Pastor Roger and his wife Chele are entering the empty nest
phase with two grown children--a 25 year old daughter and an
20 year old son. They share a passion for seeing the beauty in life:
growing flowers, appreciating nature, and seeing God's image in
On Pastor Roger's office wall is a plaque: "The Pastor's Study - You are welcome here. Within these walls each word is safe, each burden gladly borne, and each blessing gladly shared." Such is the work of ministry and worship leadership--creating safe, sacred times and spaces that are sanctuaries where we are reunited with the God who made us. In these worshipful settings we are renewed to love and serve God's people and and creation. Telling the stories of God's loving, healing presence in our everyday lives is Pastor Roger's passion. Learning to live and love like Christ and encouraging others to do the same is his daily goal. By following Christ we are transformed on the inside and become part of transforming the world into a place where God's kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven.
Del Larson - Certified Lay Minister
Del is assigned by the District Superintendent to assist at Grace UMC, and to work with seniors at different locations. Although Del is not a paid staff person, he spent two years working through a series of prayer and study modules to become a Certified Lay Minister in 2013. Presently, Del does a worship serve twice a month at One Oak Place in Fargo; a weekly Bible Study at River Pointe in Moorhead; and visits the sick and home bound. He is the facilitator for Caregivers Unite; a group of caregivers that meets once a month at Grace. He also does online writing with his Year of Prayer 2020. Outside of church work, Del has been involved in many community and state leadership groups supporting our youth. He retired from teaching in 2008. Del and his wife LuAnn have been Moorhead residents for all but four years of their lives, and are happy to serve their church and community. They have been members of Grace UMC since 1983.
Choir and Worship Accompanist & Bell Choir Director - Sharon Fangsrud
Music is an integral part of my spiritual life – I would be lost without it. My church life began back in my home town in South Dakota in a Baptist congregation, where, as a young girl in junior high, I began playing for Sunday School and youth group, "moving up the ranks" to play for the Sunday morning church service and accompanying the choir as well as soloists and small groups. I inherited the love of music from my loving Grandfather (who I was blessed to be able to accompany often) and Mom (who was the first pianist when the Baptist church was organized in Milbank), and I will be forever grateful to them for the encouragement they gave to keep going. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many musically talented musicians. It has been their love and ministry that has inspired me to share my talent and carry on their ministry – through singing, playing piano, or directing the bells. I pray that my ministry will do the same for others.