Board of Directors

The Friends of Madagascar Mission’s Board of Directors currently is made up of eight members:
President: David P. Lerseth
Vice President: Timothy P. Larson
Secretary: Catherine Marks
Treasurer: Kirsten Schlicht
Regional Representative: Loren Morschen
Regional Representative: Paul Knudson
Regional Representative: Craig T. Norenberg
Regional Representative: Morris Vaagenes 

Board Biographies:
David Lerseth

David P. Lerseth 

A Lutheran pastor who has served parishes in Rosholt, SD; Peoria (Bartonville), IL; as an assistant to Bishop L. David Brown of the Iowa District/ALC; Aberdeen, SD; and as Director of Global Mission Support for the ELCA, Chicago. Upon retirement he served as interim pastor at Ingleside, IL. A graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD; and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Victoria, MN. He enjoys landscape gardening, driving his restored 1929 Model A Ford, and doing charitable auctions as a professionally trained auctioneer.
Timothy Larson

Timothy P. Larson

A Lutheran Pastor who has served parishes in Thor, IA; Hampton, IA; Minneota, MN; Fond du Lac, WI, and currently is serving as senior pastor at Calvary Lutheran in Willmar, MN. A graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He and his wife, Connie, reside in Willmar, MN. He is an avid sportsman and has been a PGA Championship Hole Marshal for the Professional Golf Association of America.
Catherine Marks

Catherine Marks

A Human Resources Manager with the Best Buy Corporate Offices in Richfield, MN. She has been in the HR field since 2000.  She is a graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. She and her husband, Ted, reside in Minneapolis, MN.  They welcomed their son in March 2014.  They are enjoying being new parents.  In her spare time she enjoys exercising, doing home projects and spending quality time with her family and friends!

Kirsten Schlicht

Kirsten Schlicht

A Client Relations Manager with St. Croix Solutions, Minnetonka, MN. She has been in the technology field for the past 12 years. She is a graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. She and her husband, Jeff and sons, reside in Jordan, MN. She enjoys running, cooking and reading in her spare time.
Loren Morschen

Loren Morschen

His work in architecture includes work ranging in all types of building types and construction types. From 1993 through 1998 Loren and his family lived and worked in Madagascar designing and constructing hospitals and other mission related structures, primarily for the ELCA mission. Currently Loren lives in Cologne Minnesota and continues working as an Architect and is serving as an elder at Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne MN. He is also keeping busy with this our children. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Paul L. Knudson

A Lutheran Pastor who has served parishes in Oil City, PA; Chicago, IL; Volga, SD, and Watertown, SD. A graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD; and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He and his wife, Roberta, reside in Hutchinson, MN. He enjoys reading books about contemporary trends in today’s culture and just about any theological issues; and cooking and baking.

Craig T. Norenberg

Currently serve as Director of Metro Development for Let’s Go Fishing (LGF), a 501.c.3 nonprofit headquartered in Willmar, MN, Treasurer of Stellar Impact Foundation, and Director of New Enterprise Coalition (NEC) a for-profit holding company.  Prior to joining these organizations, he cofounded two high tech startup companies in the twin cities, the latest of which is StealthMark, Inc. currently operating in Centerville, MN.  Prior to the startups, Craig spent his career in financial management for both Medtronic, Inc. and Control Data Corporation.  Craig is married and lives with his wife, Eileen, in Brooklyn Center, MN. They have two adult daughters and five grandchildren.

 Morris Vaagenes

 A Lutheran pastor who together with his wife served as missionaries to Madagascar, and as pastor at Highview Christiania Lutheran Church, Farmington, and Trondhjem Lutheran Church, Lonsdale, MN, North Heights Lutheran Church, Roseville and Arden Hills, MN, and interim pastorates at four churches in the suburbs of the Twin Cities.  He is a graduate of Augsburg College and Seminary, and Luther Seminary with MTh and DMin degrees.  He is president of Renewal International, Inc., a ministry fostering spiritual awakening and providing support for three Bible schools, a new synod in the Malagasy Lutheran Church, a missionary and his work in translating and publishing the Bible in a tribal language, all of these projects in South Madagascar.  His hobby is writing articles for Connections magazine and authoring books on victorious Christian living.