Meet Our Staff

Andrew Utecht
Pastor

A graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Pastor Utecht has been serving Our Savior in Valentine for over 20 years. He is also the pastor for Lord’s Warriors Lutheran and Rosebud Lutheran over the border in South Dakota. He may smile and humbly describe his job as “drinking coffee and talking about God,” but his many ministries performed three times over keep him quite busy. He has a well-deserved reputation for making time for each of his people when they need him, and there is always room for one more in his flock!

Michelle Garwood
Assistant

Michelle Garwood has been serving as Pastor's assistant since 2011 and helps coordinate a variety of tasks.  Her responsibilities include communication, ordering supplies, youth programs, fellowship activities for all ages, women's ministry, LWML and funeral meals.  Michelle and her husband, Jeff, have three children - Jenalee, Jaeden & Jenessa.