President Larson was born in Clearbrook, Minnesota and raised in his faith at Elim LBC. After high school, he attended the CLB Bible College in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he served as youth director for Yellowstone LBC. In 1988 he graduated from Lutheran Brethren Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. President Larson was a church-planting pastor at Word of Life LBC in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has also served as senior pastor for congregations in Fullerton, California and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He and his wife Bee live in Fergus Falls. They have five children.