Pastor: Mark C. Urlaub
Pastor Urlaub is a life-long Iowan and third generation Lutheran pastor. He is a graduate of Wartburg College in 1976 and Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1980. After an internship in Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids he served as the first associate pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids from 1981 to 1985. He was installed as pastor of Bethlehem during an old-fashioned Iowa blizzard on December 1, 1985.
Having grown up near the Mississippi River in Garnavillo in northeast Iowa, he enjoys many outdoor activities as well as photography and traveling. His wife, LuAnn, is a registered nurse. They have three children: Stephen, Rebecca, and David. Email Pastor Urlaub.
Coordinator of Youth Ministries: Rachel Dickinson
Rachel and her husband Eric have lived in Vinton for 14 years. They have 3 children Emma, Brant and Zachary. Rachel also works at Kirkwood Community College teaching English as a Second Language. Besides teaching, Rachel also enjoys reading, photography, and running. Email Rachel
Parish Assistant: JJ Jorgensen
Organist and Choir Director: Lois Martin
Lois and her husband Bill live and work in Vinton. They have two daughters, Kate and Jane. Lois teaches vocal and general music for the Vinton-Shellsburg School district. She feels blessed that her career working as a musician with others seldom feels like a job. Her hope is that music is always sung or played to the glory of God to proclaim the message of faith, hope, love, inspiration, peace, and God's goodness and grace. Email the office to contact Lois.