Previously the Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM) and Assistant to the Bishop in the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, Rev. Laurie began her new call as bishop on July 1, 2018. She graduated from Luther Seminary with a MDiv in 1986 and again in 2010 with a DMin in Congregational Missional Leadership. She served congregations in SWMN and NWMN Synods before being called to the NWSWI staff. Her husband Randy is a pastor at Christ Lutheran in Menomonie and they have three adult children. In her free time, Laurie enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, canoeing and biking.