Rev. Shawn L. Kumm, Pastor
Pastor Shawn Kumm hails from a small town in western Iowa, where he attended the Zion Lutheran Church Grade School (Denison, IA), Concordia University (St. Paul, MN), and Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, MO). After six years as a campus pastor at Southern Illinois University, Pastor Kumm served for twenty years as pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Laramie, WY. In the summer of 2016, he was installed as pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cody, Wyoming.
He has written for various publications, including as one of several authors of Lutheranism 101 (CPH, 2010), and the author of the companion volume Lutheranism 101: The Course (CPH, 2011). In addition, he also appears as a guest speaker on the radio program Thy Strong Word.
Pastor Kumm has served as chairman of both the Board of Directors of the Wyoming District and the Board of Regents of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In 2010, he served as guest chaplain to the United States House of Representatives.
Along with two other LCMS pastors, Pastor Kumm has made five trips to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Liberia, West Africa where they encourage and teach over twenty Liberian Lutheran pastors in the areas of Scripture, theology, worship, pastoral care, and church history.
Pastor Kumm and his wife Barbie celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in June. They have been blessed with three children—Alexandra, Emma, and Nickoli.
Dr. Garwood attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, graduating in 1964 with a BA with emphasis in pre-law studies. He worked for Husky Oil Company of Cody, Wyoming and Calgary, Alberta serving in various management positions.
In 1980 he left Husky Oil to attend Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana; graduated from the Seminary in l983 with a Master of Divinity degree and was placed as Pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lander, Wyoming. He accepted a call to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheridan, Wyoming in 1986 and served as Pastor there until being elected District President of the Wyoming District in 1994. Dr. Garwood served as DP for 12 years and then retired from that position, and accepted a call to serve part time as Associate Pastor of Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Casper, Wyoming.
He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity – Honoris Causa from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne in May of 1999.
Dr. Garwood is presently semi-retired and serves as Assistant Pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cody, Wyoming and also serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Married to Betty for 57 years, the couple has four children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Rev. Dr. Ron Garwood,
Assistant Pastor (Pastor Emeritus)
Office Administrative Assistant
Breanna was born and raised in Cody. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from Northern State University in South Dakota and currently works in marketing for an agency in Indiana. She is happy to now serve the church where she attended preschool, was taught to love and follow Christ in worship and Sunday school, and was confirmed.
Most of her responsibilities are for Pastor Kumm and the congregation including preparing resources for Sunday worship and other services, recording and editing worship service video, and other generic administrative duties. She assists other offices of the congregation as needed and serves in tandem with Sue for our social media, promotion, and branding efforts.
Susan has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and an Excellence in Marketing Certificate Series from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has worked for a variety of manufacturing and retail channels of distribution creating and branding consumer products and developing marketing communications.
In her role at Christ the King she focuses on building and maintaining the church website and social media pages as well as advertising, interior and exterior church messaging and special projects in collaboration with Breanna. She also manages a variety of membership duties and works with appropriate committees, officers and leaders to carry out the ministry of the church.
Remote Administrative Assistant
Stacey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and an Elementary teaching endorsement from the University of Southern Colorado. She taught in Colorado Springs for four years before moving to Cody. Then she came to work at Christ The King in the spring of 2003. In 2006, she left Christ The King for a full-time 1st grade substitute teaching position.
After six years substitute teaching, she returned to Christ The King and has been the preschool director since 2014. Stacey supervises a staff of five that cares for daycare and preschool children ages 3-5.
The purpose of the CTK Preschool is to provide a supportive and stimulating environment in which the young child can learn about themselves and about others in the world around them. It is a program which provides an organized, Christian approach suited to the maturity level and growth pattern of the child, providing experiences in the five major areas of development: physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth.