In the summer of 2012, Pastor Erik left the business world and began his studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN to earn a Master of Divinity degree and become a pastor. His studies led him to a two-year staff position at a local congregation where he was a senior high youth minister. Erik served as Intern Pastor in a year long internship for a two-point congregation in southeastern rural North Dakota. Reverend Karlson graduated from Luther Seminary in December 2015. In January 2016, Reverend Karlson was called as Pastor of the Neighbors in Christ Parish located in Gibbon and Winthrop, MN and ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament soon thereafter.
Reverend Karlson enjoys spending time with his wife, Pastor Amy Karlson of First Lutheran Church in Hector, MN. They were married in October 2015 and made their home, with their dog Deuce, in Hector. Revs. Erik and Amy were blessed with twins Emma and Andrew on New Year’s Eve of 2016. Erik enjoys a good movie, travel, anything Red Sox or New England Patriots related, and high school sports. Reverend Karlson is very excited that he is about to begin his sixth year at Neighbors in Christ and looks forward to many, many years in the ministry wherever God calls him.