Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School

LCMS • 2101 Lor Ray Drive, North Mankato, MN • 507.388.4336

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd - LCMS - Pastor Biography - North Mankato, MN

Pastor - Biography



Pastor LeRoy LaPlant

January 10, 2021 - Present

Baptized into the Name of Jesus on July 30th, 1978 Pastor LaPlant lives in the mercy and grace of God, in Jesus. Rev. LaPlant grew up in Jordan, MN where he attended St. John the Baptist Catholic grade school, and Jordan High School, graduating in 1996. Following graduation, Pastor LaPlant attended Luther College in Decorah, IA, earning a BA in social work in 2000. In 2001 Pastor LaPlant joined the U.S. Army reserves as a quartermaster, and was assigned to the 407th CA battalion out of Arden Hills, MN. He was deployed to Afghanistan from 2003-2004. Returning home from deployment, Pastor LaPlant began his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. He served a vicarage at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Janesville, MN and graduated in 2008, receiving a call to serve St. Mark Lutheran Church, in New Germany from 2008-2020. On January 10th, 2021 Pastor LaPlant was installed at Good Shepherd Lutheran.

Pastor and Emily were married August 7th, 1999 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Anoka Minnesota. They are blessed with three boys, Levi born April 2007 is in 8th grade. Ezra born August 2009 is in 6th grade, and Judah born November 2011 is in 3rd grade. (Judah and Emily share the same birthday!) The boys are excited to continue their education at Concordia Classical Academy.

Emily attended Concordia University, St. Paul, where she received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Language Arts and a Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in early childhood and emphasis on the primary grades.

Psalm 121 helps guide our family as we live by grace through faith in our Savior Jesus.

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Various LCMS Pastors have filled in from August 2020-December 2020 during our pastoral vacancy.

Vacancy Pastor Kristian Bjornstad
Serving Good Shepherd from August 2019 - July 2020


Rev Vance and Linda Becker - Serving the Lord in Kenya


Rev. Vance Becker was pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd from July 20, 2003 to July 2019.

Vance was born in 1955 in Garnett, KS, and baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church, Aliceville, KS.  He attended public schools near and in Garden City, KS, and confirmed his faith at Trinity Lutheran Church, Garden City.  He received an Associate of Arts degree from St. John's College, Winfield, KS, an LCMS Junior College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne IN.  He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, in 1982.

Pastor Becker was assigned to St. Martin's Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, Alexandria and Spencer, SD., where he served until 1988, when he accepted a call to be Associate pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glencoe, MN.  He served there until coming to Good Shepherd in 2003 until August 2019.



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