"Their Sermons Always Remind Us to Connect With Our Community."

-Allen Tesdahl


Originally from Newton Iowa, Nicole graduated from Simpson college with a degree in Biology, and received her Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Nicole's ministry experiences include working in Iowa, North Carolina, Mississippi and Minnesota and range from urban to rural and anything in between. After serving in many different places, she finds herself completely at home in Wright County IA, where her husband, Pastor Grant, was born and raised. Nicole loves working as a co-pastor with her husband, Grant at First Lutheran in Clarion and working on the Woodley family farm. She has a passion to help all ages grow in their relationship with God and see where the Spirit is at work.  Nicole loves being a wife, a biological and adoptive mom of three, a foster mom, a pastor and a farmer. She loves to cook and clean (good thing!), listen to music, garden, drive tractors and tend the animals. 


“I believe that Pastor Grant and Pastor Nicole bring revived energy into our congregation and they understand the needs within a rural community for Christianity, caring, and belonging.  We are so happy to be spreading God’s word to others in our community with the help of both of them.  We are truly blessed to have them moving so many in our church.”

-Troy Askelsen

Pastor Grant Woodley grew up on a century farm southeast of Clarion. He attended Simpson College and earned a B.A. in German and Religion, and also received a certificate in Secondary Education. Pastor Grant went on to attend Duke Divinity School and Luther Seminary. His ministry experiences range from Iowa, to North Carolina, to Mississippi, and Minnesota in churches with weekly attendance ranging from twelve to ten thousand, and areas urban, suburban and rural, in churches that are Church of Christ, Quaker, Methodist and Lutheran. In 2015, it was time to answer God's call to First Lutheran Church in Clarion, and come back to the family farm, which raises corn, soybeans, and hogs. The barn yard at home includes a 4-H cow/calf herd, a handful of cats, and two big white monsters (Great Pyrenees dogs for guarding the livestock). Grant's passion whether at home, on the farm, at church or within the community is to help others realize their God-given gifts and put those gifts to work in the adventure of serving God's Kingdom on earth. Grant also likes to drive stuff: school bus, tractor, semi, motorcycle, anything really.  


You will see this welcome video on many different pages of our site! We want to make sure that you watch and understand that you are welcome in our church and we value you as a person and a member.