Our Staff

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Kirk Thorson


Kirk began as pastor at Living Word in 2015. He grew up in Illinois and finished a degree in accounting before feeling called to the ministry. He graduated from the Free Lutheran Seminary, then served churches in North Dakota for 8 years before coming to Living Word. 

Pastor Kirk loves encouraging people through the teaching of God’s Word as well as coaching his children’s basketball teams and listening to sports talk radio. He and his wife Jenn, along with their four children, love being a part of the congregation at Living Word and the community of Sioux Falls.

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Sherry DeNeui

Office Assistant

Sherry and her husband Doug joined Living Word in July of 2012. Sherry has been the part-time office assistant at Living Word since May 2022.

Sherry has also worked for Sanford Health for over 20 years and enjoys working with patients and patients’ families.

Doug and Sherry are the third generation to live on their family farm near Chancellor. They enjoy traveling, (especially to the Black Hills), playing with grandchildren, gardening, and antiquing.

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Ryan Egan

Worship Leader

Ryan has been the worship leader as well as working with creative arts at Living Word since 2013. Ryan loves his wife and three kids dearly and desires that the music would be fostered at Living Word, giving artists a Christian worldview of art and a foundation to stand on when mixing with the secular artistic culture.