Biennial Convention: June 11-14, 2022

CLB Presidential Election

Biennial Convention 2022

DISCIPLE-Making Church

Interviews with Candidates

Faith & Fellowship Magazine

CLB Forge Podcast Interviews

Live Online Interviews

  • Watch the videos below
Interview with Dr. Ryan Nilsen (May 2nd)
Interview with Pres. Paul Larson (May 9th)


Paul Larson

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 due to be born early next year.  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.


Ryan Nilsen

Ryan and his wife Kjirsti live in Connecticut and have five children: Owan, Clara, and Elsie are in high school, Annie is in middle school, and Braaten is in heaven. They attend Bethany LBC, East Hartland, CT. Ryan grew up in the faith at two CLB churches and has served three CLB churches; Bethel LC, Fergus Falls, MN; Bethany LBC, West Union, IA; and Praise Christian Fellowship, Barkhamsted, CT. Ryan is a graduate from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and Lutheran Brethren Seminary.  He also has a Doctorate of Ministry in Church and Parachurch Executive Leadership from Denver Seminary. Ryan has served on the Council of Directors, as an Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology at LBS, as Executive Director of Fifth Act Church Planting, and as Eastern Region Chairman. Since 2019 Ryan has been serving as the Associate Director of North American Mission and oversees church planting for the CLBA.


What You Can Expect

The Council of Directors for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren is asking candidates questions about their vision for the future of the CLB. The answers to those questions will be posted online and appear in the Jan/Feb, March/April, and May/June issues of Faith & Fellowship magazine.

BC22: June 11-14

The 2022 Biennial Convention will be held in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

Meet the Candidates

Interviews will be posted online and appear in Faith & Fellowship magazine.

PODCAST Interviews

The CLB Forge Podcast will interview each candidate, providing an opportunity to hear about them and their vision for the CLB.


The election for President of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren will be held on
June 13, 2022.