Board of Directors

The Friends of Madagascar Mission’s Board of Directors currently is made up of eight members:
President: Timothy P. Larson
Vice President: David P. Lerseth
Secretary: Catherine Marks
Treasurer: Kirsten Schlicht
Regional Representative: Loren Morschen
Regional Representative: Paul Knudson
Regional Representative: Craig T. Norenberg
Regional Representative: Morris Vaagenes 
Executive Director
David P. Lerseth
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 congregations in Thor, IA; Hampton, IA; Minneota, MN; Fond du Lac, WI, and 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. During the past summers Tim has enjoyed working with a custom harvest operation harvesting wheat and canola in the western Dakotas.
Catherine Marks

Catherine Marks

A stay-at-home parent who previously was in the Human Resources field for 18 years.  She is a graduate of Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD. She and her husband, Ted, along with their two children Henry and Elizabeth reside in Eden Prairie, MN.  In her spare time she enjoys working out, 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

Loren Morschen is a registered architect and is currently a firm principal in Linner Morschen Architects based in Bloomington, Minnesota. From 1993 through 1998 Loren and his family lived and worked in Madagascar designing and constructing hospitals and other mission related structures, primarily with the ELCA mission. Loren also keeps busy with his wife Stephanie and four 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 co-founder of Avant Private Communities, LLC, a real estate development company with an emphasis on market rate and senior housing. Craig also serves as a Director of Let’s Go Fishing (LGF), a 501.c.3 nonprofit headquartered in Willmar, MN, and Treasurer of Stellar Impact Foundation.  Prior to joining these organizations, he co-founded two high tech startup companies in the twin cities, the latest of which is StealthMark, Inc. 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.