Meet Our Staff

Steve Norby

Lead Pastor

Stephen Norby 



Welcome to Calvary!  It is my privilege to be Lead Pastor since 2009.  I came from Windom and before that I served in Jackson and LaSalle/Lake Hanska.  Graduating from Barnesville High School, Concordia College and Luther Seminary, I was ordained at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in 1981.  In 1985 Brenda Olson married me at Trimont Minnesota.  We are proud parents of 5 children.  Danielle is a mental health provider in Park Rapids at ‘A Better Connection’.  Alicia is attending the William Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul. Erik is attending MSUM, Moorhead.  Megan is a senior at Nevis High School and will be attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  Lealan is attending Nevis Elementary.  As a Certified Physician’s Assistant (PA-C), Brenda is working with Dr. Dan Smith providing surgery at Essentia Health, Park Rapids.  Every weekend connections are made between the good people who attend Calvary Lutheran Church.  Scratch the surface and I bet you will find common ground with mutual friends that will bless your life.  All I can say is that I have! Jesus loves you and may the Holy Spirit bless you.



Justin Fenger

Raised in St. Paul, I began attending Luther Seminary in 2002 while working fulltime in construction. I was met with great success in this vocation, advancing to journeyman laborer within a few short years. I had developed an interest in the different dynamics of building structures that provided security and safety to an underserved community. During this time, I was not deterred from pursuing an education in ministry and in 2004 I was admitted into the Masters of Divinity Program at Luther Seminary. I began to form the building blocks of a successful ministry, working as a Urban Youth and Family Coordinator and a High School Swimming and Diving Coach. In 2007, I joined the Army National Guard to serve as a Chaplain and currently serve 141 MEB out of Fargo, ND. In 2011, I was called to Eastern North Dakota Synod and in 2015 our family moved back to lake country with my wife, Katie and our two beautiful girls, Adelaide and Vada. We are excited to be apart continuing to build this faith community in Park Rapids as a place to grow, call home, and to share in that “old, old story of Jesus and his love”.

Dana KockaEducation and Youth Director 

Dana Kocka


Dana graduated from University of Jamestown in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Christian Ministry.  Upon graduation, Dana accepted a call to Calvary as Youth Director, which later turned into Director of Youth and Education in 2009.  Dana and his wife Tia have four sons-Zaden, Azden, Asher and Zander.


Office Coordinator: Amity Gray


Worship Coordinator: Sandy James

Financial Secretary:

Custodians: Darlene Hemm

Treasurer: Wayne Pearson

Organists : Martha Thompson, Sandra Lichter

Choir Directors:

BELL CHOIR-Chris Luckeroth 

CALVARY SINGERS-Leandra Craigmile

YOUTH CHOIR-Alicia Norby 

Nursery Coordinator: Nicole Roepke