Dawn Papenfuss

Director of Music & Organist


Dawn Papenfuss grew up in Iowa, graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Morningside College, served as Asst. Organist at Dundee Presbyterian in Iowa one year, then moved to Albuquerque and served as the Youth Minister at Faith Lutheran for 7 1/2 years before moving to Moorhead, MN and serving as the Director of Music/Organist at St. John Lutheran the past 26 years. She met her husband, Larry, while in Albuquerque, married, and stayed there while he finished his PhD program. They have two children, Luke & Hannah, one a Concordia College graduate and one soon to be a Concordia graduate. Dawn enjoys directing the children and adult choirs, planning worship and coordinating all the music groups. She also teaches piano lessons.