Rev. Paul Larson

CLB President

Rev. Paul Larson is husband to Bee, and father to Gabe (& Mikelle), Gracia, Nick (& Tessa), Karina, Nate (& Julia); and granddad to two little grand-Larsons. He was raised in the faith at Elim LBC in Clearbook, MN. He attended Lutheran Brethren Bible College and following was youth director at Yellowstone LBC in Billings, MT (82-85). He is a graduate of LB Seminary (88), and has done subsequent doctoral studies (ABD) at Fuller Theological Seminary. He was the church planter at Word of Life LBC, Fort Collins, CO (88-91). He also pastored CLB congregations in CA and WI: Calvary Community Church, Fullerton, CA (91-02); Bethesda LBC, Eau Claire, WI (02-14). He was elected CLB President in 2014.

Rev. Matthew Rogness

CLB Vice President

Rev. Matthew Rogness has served as Director of Lutheran Brethren International Mission for twenty-six years, finishing that service in June of 2020. He continues to serve as Vice President and Director of Operations for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. Prior to his serving as Director of LBIM, he and his wife Judy served in Cameroon as missionaries, he was an assistant to the Director of LBIM, and in parish ministry in Washington and Minnesota. Matthew was born in Mason City, Iowa and was raised in his faith in Lutheran Brethren congregations his father pastored in the United States and Canada. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in History and received his Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1980. He was ordained into Christian ministry in 1981. He and Judy live in Fergus Falls. They have two grown children. 

Office of the President

Rev. Phil Heiser
Associate for Minister Support
Steve Tonneson
Associate for Advancement Ministry
Roy Heggland
Associate for Biblical Stewardship

LaWayne Rogness

Director of Finance and Personnel

LaWayne Rogness was born in Mason City, Iowa. He grew up in Joice, Iowa and moved to Fergus Falls, Minnesota as a teenager. He was baptized into Christ as an infant and grew in his faith through the work of the Lutheran Brethren congregations his family faithfully attended. He graduated from North Dakota State College of Science in 1972 with a degree in electrical technology. He attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College and completed a business degree in 1983. He owned and operated Interstate, Inc., with his brothers, selling farm equipment for over thirty years. He has served Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls as treasurer since 1979. He and his wife Beverly live in Fergus Falls. They have three adult children.

Rev. Troy Tysdal

Director of Communication

Rev. Troy Tysdal is Director of Communications and Prayer for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren and serves as editor in chief of Faith & Fellowship magazine. He was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He was baptized as an infant but turned away from the faith. Through the outreach of Lutheran Brethren congregations he heard the Gospel faithfully proclaimed and received Jesus Christ as his Savior. Troy earned an Associate in Communication Art and Design from Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minnesota, a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Faith International University in Tacoma, Washington, and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He has served as Associate Pastor at Stavanger Lutheran Church (2008-2012), President of Messiah Lutheran Church (2017-18), and as Pastor of Chippewa Lutheran Church (2018-Present). He and his wife Katie live in Fergus Falls. They have two children.

Office of Communications

Tim Mathiesen
Media Relations Coodinator
Rev. Brent Juliot
Editor, Faith & Fellowship Magazine

Dr. David Veum

President, Lutheran Brethren Seminary

David was born near Eau Claire, Wisconsin and raised on a dairy farm. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Through the ministry of that congregation God brought him to an understanding of himself as a sinner and to the assurance of God’s forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was a math major at Western Washington State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971. He  graduated from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1990. He served Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN until 2005. During these years he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul. In 2006 he began serving as president of Lutheran Brethren Seminary. He and his wife Crystal have two grown sons, six grandchildren, and one great-grand child.

Dan Venberg

Director of International Mission

Dan Venberg was born in Brooklyn, NY, just off the plane as his parents Rodney and Helen were returning from the mission field in Chad for their first home assignment. His birth came a few months earlier than expected, and as a result Dan was baptized in an incubator. He grew up on the mission field, and grew in his faith in the context of cross-cultural mission, coming to understand the sinful state of all peoples, himself included, and that by faith in the Christ alone, that there was complete assurance of salvation. Dan came to love the unique passion and calling of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren in regards to it’s international mission focus, and felt called to serve in that capacity. Dan has a Masters degree in International Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Certificate of Theological Studies in Missions from Lutheran Brethren Seminary. He has served for 10 years as a missionary in Chad and 7 years as LBIM’s Mission Mobilizer and Recruiter. As of July 1, 2020, Dan has been serving as director of international mission for the CLBA. He and his wife Rachel live in Fergus Falls. They have two adult children and two children at home.  

Rev. Bruce Stumbo

North American Mission - Ministry Lead

Pastor Bruce will be assisting our commitment to North American Mission by serving as an interim associate for departmental leadership (Ministry Lead) as we search for and prepare for a new Director and related staff for this important work of our church body. Bruce is a graduate of Lutheran Brethren Seminary and has served CLB congregations in Oregon, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Prior to accepting this new role, Bruce served for two years as Interim Campus Pastor at Triumph CLB in Moorhead, MN and West Fargo, ND. He and his wife, Laurel, now live near Battle Lake, Minnesota. They have three children and seven grandchildren.