Mary Suomala Folkerds, Pastor

I engage in all areas of ministry and interact with all ages. My passions in ministry include preaching, memorizing Scripture, digging into tough questions, and finding ways to connect the practices of faith into our homes. I am married to Aaron Suomala Folkerds who is a pastor at The Lutheran Church of Christ the King also in Moorhead. We have a son named Paul who is a ball of energy, and a daughter, Helena, who passed away in 2008. I graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2001 with a degree in Russian Studies and Economics. I graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2007. My husband and I served as co-pastors of a 4-point parish in southern MN for 5 years before coming to Good Shepherd in 2012. Coming to Good Shepherd was a home coming since I grew up in this congregation!


Favorite Bible Story: Luke 24:13-35 (Jesus shows up when and where we least expect him! I keep finding this to be true!)

Fun Fact: I love to travel! I lived in Finland two times – one summer in high school and one year during college. My husband and I also lived in Brazil for a year in 2004. We love traveling to Ireland and we named our yellow lab Dublin!