Spreading God's Word


Saving Grace Lutheran Church (LCMC) was formed on April 28, 2013, at a congregational meeting after its first worship service held at Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Home in Altoona, WI. Its been a vibrant, growing church in Eau Claire and the surrounding communities since it's launch in 2013. 

Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at Saving Grace Lutheran Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at office@saving-gracechurch.com

  • Pastor David Irgens  - Senior Pastor      

    Pastor David Irgens, his wife Kari and their son Magnus live in Eau Claire.

  • Pastor Sara Brown - Interim Pastor

    As a Christian I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, but I’m not your “typical” Lutheran – that said, I think a lot of us Lutherans are less typical than you might suppose. As a minister in Christ I am passionate about hospitality. I believe that one of the greatest gifts that Christ does for us is to remember us to the Father, and as a minister one of the things that I am called to do is build personal relationships with members that mimic this relationship with Christ. I am called to remember each member of the body of Christ to one-another and to God.


    Growing up in Iowa City, IA I was active in my home church as well as involved in extracurricular activities and several summer camps. I studied American History and Religion with a minor in Philosophy at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, with the intention of going on to seminary. As an alum of Augsburg, my husband Russell and I have remained connected to the school. I graduated with an MDiv from Luther Seminary in 2007. 

    Ordained in 2008 I have worked with several congregations from rural to suburban to inner city. I have also worked as a chaplain with the Alaska Police and Fire Ministry. I am a biblical preacher and writer and have been published in several venues including “The Lutheran Forum.”

  • Michael Larson - Music Director   


    Michael is originally from Eau Claire and currently lives with his wife, Laura and their family in Altoona, WI. They have a combined family of 5 children ranging in ages from 21-11. They also have 2 grandchildren. Michael grew up in a Pastors home and has always been involved in the inner workings of a Church. He has served as a full-time Worship Pastor for several years. He has played drums since he was seven years old and has played piano since he was sixteen. Michael has won song writing contests in Nashville TN. Michael went to audio engineering school and attended Bethel Bible College. He has recorded a solo CD project entitled - Get on your Feet that is available on itunes and Amazon. For fun, Michael enjoys camping, riding motorcycle, tennis, biking, song writing, audio/video and photography.  Email Michael at - savinggracemusic1@gmail.com

  • Stephenie Ebsen - Director Of Education   


    Stephenie is originally from Cameron and currently lives with her husband, Jason, and their family in Strum, WI. They have 4 children: Parker (12), Caitlyn (8), Mia (4), and Tate (baby). Steph was a very active member of her Lutheran church in Cameron as a young person. She sang in choir, taught Sunday School, was on the call committee her senior year of high school, and sang and/or played piano at many weddings, funerals, and church services. She has sang and played piano since she was in 3rd grade. Steph went to UWRF directly out of high school on a music scholarship for vocal music education. After two years of college, she took a little "break" and got married and started her family. In 2005, she returned to college at UW­Stout in the Family & Consumer Sciences Education program. She graduated in 2008 and began her teaching journey. She has been teaching high school and middle school FACS since then. For fun, Steph loves to sing, play piano, scrapbook, play softball, read, and be with her family.

    Email: savinggraceeducation@gmail.com

  • Julie Atkinson - Office Manager

    Julie lives in Menomonie with her husband Dennis. A Minnesota transplant, she comes to Saving Grace from serving many years at a church in South St. Paul. Prior to that she worked as a senior buyer as well as in accounting and customer service management. As an active church member, Julie has held leadership positions in Finance, Women’s Ministry, Evangelism, and edited a regional newsletter. Her special joys include spending time with family, her dog Augie, long walks by the water, reading and cooking.


Our Beliefs

We want to make Jesus Christ known to all as the one true savior: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We want to share the Gospel message with every generation in the Chippewa Valley, each loved by God and in need of a relationship with Jesus Christ.

We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel of Jesus Christ as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in Him.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus comissioned us as follows:

'Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always the very end of the age."'