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Pastor Larry Cudmore would like to welcome you to First Lutheran Church!


Pastor Larry Cudmore

Pastor Larry Cudmore was born in Park River, North Dakota. The third of four children growing up on a 4th generation farm in Northeastern North Dakota, Larry graduated from Walsh County Agricultural High School in Park River.

From there he went to Valley City State Teachers College in Valley City, North Dakota where he played one year of college football and basketball. Then he attended and after two years graduated from the Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle, Washington with a certificate in Bible. He received his B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Ancient Greek Language.

After working for a couple of years as a Parish Worker, Youth Worker and Bible Camp Director in North Dakota, Larry entered Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1979. He did his year of internship in Plains and Thompson Falls, Montana. He has served churches in Sandpoint/Clark Fork, Idaho(5 years) and Post Falls, Idaho (18 years) before coming to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls in July of 2002.

Pastor Larry is married to Wendy and they have three grown children - Timothy who is a forester employed by the state of Oregon and living with his wife and three children in Enterprise, Oregon; Matthew who works drafting plans for new homes living in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with his wife and their three children. Matthew is also the owner/developer of a ski business, Meier Skis, which makes Colorado skis out of Colorado wood; and daughter Rachel, who lives in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming and is the Commercial Film Permit Coordinator for Yellowstone National Park. Wendy is one of the preschool teachers at First Evangelical Lutheran's Preschool.

Pastor Larry's hobbies include horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and drift boating but the top of the priority list is Larry and Wendy's family..

Pastor Larry can be contacted by phone at (208) 522-9301 or by email.

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Pastor Jason's Bio

Hello, my name is Jason and I serve as the Associate Pastor here at First Lutheran Church. I see my role primarily as one helping others come to know and experience the living Jesus and learning how Jesus and real life connect together.

I grew up in Maryland and sensed God was calling me to preach and become a pastor when I was in 8th grade. At first I wanted nothing to do with it. After four years of wrestling with God, I accepted the calling to pastoral ministry and am grateful and humbled that God called me to this position. I went to seminary in Virginia at Liberty Theological Seminary and received the degrees of Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts and Religion. It was from there I did my internship at a church in Roanoke, Virginia; then accepted my first pastoral call out to Colorado; and from there to here at First Lutheran Church.

Even though I am a pastor, I am still learning what it means to be a disciple (follower) of Jesus. Every time I preach, I always preach not just to the congregation, but myself as well. My prayer for myself is that when others encounter me, they encounter Jesus living in me.

I am married to my beautiful wife, Emily, and have a black lab named Bernice. I enjoy playing sports of all kinds, watching movies, reading, and spending time with family and friends.