World Missions Director
The World Missions Committee is happy to announce that Rev. Earl Korhonen has accepted the call to be the AFLC World Missions Director. Rev. Korhonen has served his current congregation, Stavanger Free Lutheran, in Garden City, Iowa for the past 13 years. He has been in the pastoral ministry since 1995.
Earl and his wife Joan have had a long history of missions interest. Joan is the sister to Sonja Dahl a former AFLC missionary. Her family was involved in the White Earth & Elbow Lake Village Indian Mission, and the Norwegian Lutheran Mission. After their marriage they became involved in the Hauge Foreign Mission. Earl has been on the Hauge Foreign Mission Board for 20 years serving as the treasurer for the last 19 years. He is also on the AFLC Commission on Evangelism Board.
The Korhonens have kept close contact with the Norwegian Lutheran Mission making frequent trips to Norway to attend their missions’ conferences and district meetings. Earl and Joan made trips to Hungary in 2004 and 2016 to work alongside of evangelical Lutherans in Hungary. They enjoy traveling and hearing the hearts of people who love missions saying, “It’s like getting re-fueled for ministry.”
Earl graduated from AFLBS, BA degree from University of Wisconsin, Superior, Master of Divinity from AFLTS. He is in the process of finishing his Doctor of Ministry degree. Joan attended the Lutheran Brethren Bible School and continued at the NLM Bible Folk School in Melhus, Norway. She has a BS degree in pre-school and elementary education from Crown College.
Rev. Korhonen plans to start as World Missions Director March 1st and will travel to each of the AFLC mission fields accompanied by the former director Del Palmer.
The World Missions Committee wishes to thank you for your prayer and input as they walked through the process of calling a new director. Please continue to pray for the Korhonens as they take up the responsibilities of AFLC World Missions.