East Side Lutheran Church is served by a dedicated and talented staff. Continue reading to learn more about Lead Pastor Layne Nelson and the wonderful individuals who make up our church’s staff.
Pastor Layne Nelson

Lead Pastor Layne Nelson

Greetings from East Side Lutheran Church. My name is Layne Nelson and I am honored to be called to serve as the Lead Pastor in this place.

In my time here, I have learned that this is a community with Jesus at it’s center, one that is deeply rooted in the city of Sioux Falls, and one that truly loves people. I pray that God would meet you where you are at in life today, and we would be honored to walk with you in Faith.

Associate Pastor Joel Pakan

My name is Joel Pakan and I am East Side’s Associate Pastor. As a new transplant to Sioux Falls, I am busy making new connections between our congregation and our community, but I am never too busy for a walk through the neighborhood (the best solution I’ve come up with for meeting in the midst of the pandemic) or an online Zoom meeting.  My email address if 

Dr. Thomas Krause

Dr. Thomas Krause

Director of Music

Wayne Wosje

Business Manager

Linda Hoeck

Linda Hoeck

Parish Secretary

Paul Griffith

Amber Ginter

Amber Ginter

Sunday School Superintendent

Jennie Hoefer

Youth Director
Pam Myers ESLC Housekeeping

Pam Myers

Nyla Barrett ESLC Housekeeping

Nyla Barrett


Ben Jacobsma

Saturday Accompanist

Kay Dammer

Kay Dammer

Volunteer Coordinator

Brett Eisenbeis ESLC Accompanist

Brett Eisenbeis


Let us show you the way

Located at 10th Street and Cliff Avenue