Pastor Gretchen Enoch

Senior Pastor

Pastor Gretchen Enoch has served as one of seven associate pastors at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. Most recently she served as an interim associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Lake, MN. She attained her Masters in Divinity from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Chicago, IL and was consecrated a Lutheran Deaconess at the Lutheran Deaconess Association, and a graduate of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN.

Gretchen grew up in Indianapolis, IN. Gretchen’s ministry experiences have taken her to IL, KY, TX, DC, CO, CA, and is grateful to call Fergus Falls, MN home today. She enjoys adventuring in the outdoors and is convinced that staying active is an extension of her understanding of faithful stewardship. Gretchen trusts God wants all people to be happy and she believes there is a direct correlation of one’s willingness to extend a helping hand to that of their capacity to be fulfilled and to see the good within ones’s life and the world beyond. She strives to follow God’s will for her life. Having been called to First Lutheran, Gretchen believes is God’s will, and for that she is delighted. 




Pastor Stan Satre

Visitation Pastor

Pastor Stanley Satre was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from St. Olaf in 1954, and from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, in 1958.

Parishes: Warwick, ND; Stewartville, MN; Sioux City, IA; and Minneapolis, MN for 38 years.

Stan began intentional interim ministry preparing congregations for next pastor in 10 locations nationwide from 1996 to 2012. The most recent, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.

Stan married Beverly in 1954 and they have 5 daughters, all St. Olaf graduates, and 18 grandchildren. Currently, Pastor Stan is doing visitation and pastoral care at both First Lutheran Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church with some preaching and teaching, too.

Lynn Melchior

Intern Pastor
Lynn Melchior is a full-time student at Luther Seminary and works part time at First Lutheran as a Vicar.  (A Vicar is like an apprentice pastor.  It is a position of authority but not able to do all things like officiate weddings, sacraments, etc.)  Lynn grew up in the Twin Cities but spent her weekends and summers on the shores of Rush Lake (the one next to Ottertail Lake).  After divorcing, Lynn raised her two children, Ryan and Katie along the Ottertail River between Ottertail and Rush lakes.  Both of her children are finishing up college away from home.  Lynn comes to First Lutheran from Zion Lutheran Church in Amor (Battle Lake), MN where she was their office manager and occasional lay minister.   Lynn enjoys all that mother nature has to bring as well as cooking, reading, quilting and her pets – Krieger (black Lab), Dragon (a feisty cat) and Airgar (a sweet cat).