Nicole and Grant Woodley's journey of faith and life runs through Clarion

Nicole and Grant Woodley. Photo by Karen Weld

This is the second article in the "Under 40" series featuring locals under 40 who are making a difference in our community.

Nicole and Grant Woodley currently serve as co-pastors of Clarion’s First Lutheran Church. They are enjoying the church and the community, a shared ministry they have held since January of 2015.

The couple shares church pastorate duties in a 50–50 split. “We preach every other week,” said Nicole, together working 45 – 50 hours. The two meet every Monday to make plans for the week and on Tuesday meet with Lori Frink, church secretary. They have taken a mini-retreat the first couple of days before Thanksgiving every year.

“We review what happened the past year,” said Grant, “and entertain ideas for the coming year. We try to keep what we believe worked, improving things we may have liked, and look at the direction the church might go in the coming year.”

Volunteering and serving inside and outside of the church is high on the Woodleys’ lists. Grant began serving a term on the Wright County Extension Council in January a year ago. They have been a foster care family for the past ten years.

“We have had about 17 kids in that time,” said Nicole, “who have stayed from two days to six months.”


For the full story, see the December 14 edition of the Monitor.