Pastoral Staff:

Pastor Dianne Loufman, Senior Pastor

Pr. Dainne

Pastor Dianne Loufman serves as Senior Pastor at First Lutheran Church. She began her ministry at First Lutheran on Sunday, January 19, 2016.




Program Staff:

Ann Beck Ministerial Associate
Ann Beck
Ministerial Associate

 Ann Beck has been on staff with First Lutheran since July 2012. In her role as Ministerial Associate she provides support to the pastoral team in worship and pastoral care. She also has leadership oversight of life-long Christian education and chaplain visitation ministries. Her previous experience includes administration of a large senior living facility and many years directing school district Community Education programs in NW Minnesota. She moved to Duluth in 2008, and loves being on the big lake and exploring the North Shore! Ann has three grown children.


Dr. Jason Branham Director of Music Ministry
Dr. Jason Branham
Director of Music Ministry

Dr. Jason Branham oversees the music ministry at First Lutheran Church, a role he has had since 2011.  A Michigan native, Jason has been a professional church musician for over 10 years.  He is also an active performer in the Twin Ports and was recently elected Dean of the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  In addition to his work as a musician, Jason directs an organization for young professionals in Duluth and Superior focused on building community, networking, and socializing with peers.




Karen Sande Associate Director of Music
Karen Sande
Asst Director of Music Ministry

Karen Sande has assisted with music ministries at First Lutheran since 1998.  She currently leads youth music groups (Youth Ringers, Youth Choir, Apostle Choir), accompanies the Soli Deo Gloria choir, helps coordinate instrumental ensembles, and plays for worship services as needed.  She also offers piano and organ lessons.


Deb Westerberg Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Deb Westerberg
Director of Youth and Family Ministry

Deb Westerberg joined the First Lutheran Staff in August 2014 as the Director of Youth & Family Ministries.  She finds being connected in the faith lives of youth and their families to be such a blessing.  Deb was born and raised in Cloquet, MN. While in college, she worked for Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry for 1 year as a counselor and 2 years with the Canoe Country Program. While working for VLM she met Dave. They were married in 1999 and they have a son. For the past 13 years she served as Youth & Family Ministry Director in another ELCA congregation.  She loves Jesus, her family, quilting, and Disney World!





 Office Staff:

Nancy Hamre Office Specialist
Nancy Hamre
Office Specialist

 Nancy Hamre has been working at First Lutheran Church since 1992. She provides support to the pastors and program staff and is the editor of the church newsletter, The Builder. Nancy plays in the Jubilation Ringers handbell choir, helps with Sunday School music, and enjoys singing with the second service worship team. Camping, gardening, knitting and traveling to visit family are things Nancy enjoys. She has two young adult sons who live in Duluth.





Janet Freund Finance Specialist
Janet Freund
Finance Specialist

 Janet Freund started working at First Lutheran Church in April of 2010. She takes care of all financial aspects of the church. Janet grew up in Two Harbors, MN with a twin sister and a set of younger twin sisters. She is married with two young sons and an adult daughter.





Custodial Staff:

Duane Sieger
Duane Sieger


Duane Sieger has served as Custodian for 25 years. He and his wife Beth have two sons, Joshua and Ricardo.






Carl Guldner
Carl Guldner

 Carl was born in Duluth and grew up in the west end. He married Leah in July of 1990, and they have two sons, Joshua and Jacob. In addition to cleaning and taking care of the facility, Carl makes certain the coffee is flowing on Sunday mornings. He also spends time providing care for his parents and projects for other folks. In his spare time Carl has a deep love of the outdoors. He enjoys hiking and nature photography. “I love seeing all the beauty and awesome critters that God put here for us.”

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