Pastor Kris Garlick

I am an ordained minister serving Grace Lutheran Church. Recently, I earned a Master of Divinity degree through the Kairos Program at Luther House of Study, Sioux Falls Seminary; and, was ordained Sept. 22, 2018. 

I grew up in Green River, Wyo.  Yet, I have many ties to the Black Hills. 
My mother was from Belle Fourche and my father from Sturgis.  
After residing in Phoenix during the 1990s, my son, Billy, now 23,
and I moved to Spearfish in 2000.


Prior to Sturgis, I served as pastor at Grand River Lutheran Church in Buffalo, SD. I've held positions with Lutheran Campus Ministry at Black Hills State University, Lutherans Outdoors of South Dakota, and worked as a journalist for local newspapers.  I hold a bachelor degree in communications from BHSU and a master degree in fine art from Utah State University. 

Now, for the fun stuff:
I enjoy traveling, family festivities, painting, hiking, reading, outdoor activities and yes – I do ride a motorcycle.  I can flip pancakes for that certain fundraiser.  And, I’ve even been known to tie quilts, cook chili and assist in building maintenance – but you don’t want to advertise that. (The experts weren’t quick to call me back a second time:)

Together, I pray, we can follow God’s will for His church. Heeding His call to share the good news of Jesus Christ and offer compassion and love for one another. 

God’s blessings and peace,

Pastor Kris