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Michael & Kristine Larson

January 25, 2024
By Cristina Smith

Michael (Mike) Ray & Kristine (Kris) Marie are familiar and friendly faces to us all. You will often find them on Sundays serving in the sound booth as soundman and livestream technician. Kris is also in charge of the photo directory located on the wall in the Sanctuary. The Larsons live in Postville and have attended FBC for 28 years – since the spring of 1996! What drew them originally to First Baptist was the then-youth group warmly welcomed their oldest child into their group. God has blessed the couple with three children: Alicia Quintanilla (Storm Lake, IA), Andrew (Chevy Chase, MD), and Emily Pfadenhauer (St. Michael, MN) and 7 beautiful grandchildren.


Mike is originally from La Crosse, WI, graduating from high school in 1974, and then he pursued an associate degree, and later, advanced degree, from WWTC (La Crosse) & KUMC (Kansas City) in Radiology/Ultrasound Technology. Kris, an abandoned orphan, immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in 1958 and became a U.S. citizen in November of 1960. Her adoptive parents had wonderful, kind hearts. Kris was their first of four Korean orphan adoptions. She graduated from West Salem, WI in 1976 (being a part of the Bicentennial Class was a big deal!) and received her Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology in Rochester, MN (RCTC).


Mike & Kris eventually met in a youth group in 1971, when Kris was very young, at the age of 13. “He (Mike) was very cute…not a mature reason to like someone, but ‘cute ‘ was what he had!” exclaimed Kris. Their first date was in August 1973 at Arrowhead Bible Camp in Chetek, WI at the Friday date/banquet night during senior high camp, and they continued to date for four additional years. Mike was devoted to Kris and drove many, many miles to court Kris! Love blossomed into marriage, and the couple was married in June of 1977.


Mike has worked various jobs throughout his career (Mayo Clinic in Rochester, KUMC, St. Francis Medical Center, Clinical Ultrasound Services – mobile service, Veteran’s Memorial Hospital) and retired in February of 2023. Kris grew up on a farm and doing chores was common for her; she too, worked in the medical field at KUMC family practice clinic, Gunderson Health Medical Laboratory, Postville Veterinary Clinic (microbiology technician) and retired in December of 2019. Mike is enjoying retired life, which includes fishing, tying flies, feeding the birds, and watching fishing/animal shows on TV, and watching sports! Kris likes computer activities of all sorts, watching old movies & TV shows, knitting, live theatre, baking & cooking, traveling, visiting museums, playing card games, and being entertained by her grandkids! In the past, she performed in many plays and was the director. Together, the couple enjoys lake fishing and going to live theatre shows.


Mike grew up in a Christian home, attended church every week, and knew “that just going to church didn’t save me.” At age 7 or 8, he gave his life to Jesus at Vacation Bible School. Kris accepted the Lord after a special camp meeting service in the summer of 1969. “One would think that a sheltered girl with little exposure to the wickedness of the world would have little need of a Savior, but I learned how much I truly needed Jesus and that I needed to step out in faith and commit to His invitation to follow Him. I learned that sin is not all things big and bad, sin is anything that separates me from God – my own thoughts, selfishness, and fears.” Kris made her relationship with God personal that special evening at camp!


Mike’s favorite Scripture passages are Romans 3:23 and John 3:16; Kris’ is 1 Corinthians 13:12. Mike expresses to the FBC family, “I love this church because the Gospel is preached, and the people are very friendly and make you feel accepted.” Kris affirms, “First Baptist is truly ‘a church you can call home.’ We enjoy the friendships that span multiple generations.”


We are thankful for the Larsons and the significant part they have at First Baptist, adding to the special feeling of, “a church you can call home.”


First Baptist…a church you can call, “home”