Rev. Laura Arnold, Pastor
Pastor Laura began serving in Decorah in January of 2013. She and her partner, Karen, moved to Decorah from Atlanta, GA, where Laura served as a hospital chaplain and as the Associate Minister for Theological Education for the Southeast Conference of the UCC.
Pastor Laura brings with her a contagious smile, a witty sense of humor, a passion for social justice and community development, and a love of the church and its people. She deeply believes that to be the church, we must foster radical hospitality and welcome, lead and be in service inside and outside the church walls, and be active in the local community and in the world in ways that demonstrate God’s love and embody God’s call for justice and provision.
A self-proclaimed church nerd, Pastor Laura was called to Decorah UCC to nurture congregational and community life alongside an energetic congregation of folks who are living into and striving for a life together grounded in worship, love, and service. Inside the church, you’ll find her cultivating opportunities for the congregation to celebrate God through prayer, music, confession, preaching, sharing, and sacraments. Outside the church, you’ll find her around the community volunteering, roaming around town on her bike, engaged in conversation at the coffee shop, walking their dogs, or enjoying the city’s green spaces. Wave or say hello when you see her around and about.
Pastor Laura’s office hours vary week to week but she is often around the church and is always available by phone, email, or by apt.