Congregation Council 2017

The Council devotes time to the church’s strategic plan, discusses committee reports and reviews financial matters.  The council considers congregation members' requests for action. All meetings are open to the congregation. Council meetings are generally the first Tuesday of the month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.


Magdalena Wells, Congregation President

Maggie joined Our Saviour's in January 2011 because of the congregation's creative and living liturgy, gracious hospitality, intergenerational community, and investment in the wider church and world.  A transplanted Pacific Northwesterner and pastors' kid, Maggie is grateful to have a church home that is both deeply familiar and always new. Maggie is a program director for a nonprofit college access and success program, College Possible-Minnesota.


Solveig Nilsen, Vice-President


Alison Brandell-Douglas, Treasurer


Pam Wurster, Secretary 



LaVonne Batalden, Outreach Table Chair (pictured with her husband, Paul)

LaVonne and her husband Paul returned to Minnesota from New Hampshire in 2011. They first began attending with their daughter Sonja and her family. After realizing they were not visiting other churches, decided to join Our Saviour's.  The music, worship, outreach and intergenerational community attracted and sustains.  LaVonne is a retired biology professor from Colby-Sawyer, a small liberal arts college in New Hampshire.


Sheryll Mennicke, Worship and Arts Table Chair 

I arrived at Our Saviours through a series of coincidences and chance encounters (thank you

Tom Witt) while looking for a congregation that would be a good fit for my sons’ confirmation experience.  Ten minutes into our first service we all looked at each other,  nodding and grinning.  Nine years later, we are still nodding and grinning.  I love the energy, compassion, and inclusiveness of this congregation.  I am semi-retired from Concordia University where I have worked for many years as a Psychology Professor.


Samantha Heaton, Ministry Of Community and Faith Formation (MCFF) council representative


Suzanne Burke, Member at Large

Suzanne serves as senior editor for worship at Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the ELCA, where she guides the development of annual worship planning content for the Sundays and Seasons family of print and online resources. She joined Our Saviour’s in the fall of 1992 when she moved into the house across the alley as a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. With the help of Nathan Lind, she introduced Godly Play to OSLC in 2007, and in 2013 completed the requirements to become a national trainer for the Godly Play Foundation. Suzanne loves art, food, singing, and reading. She is newly married to Robert Hybben. Together they are enjoying settling in to their new home and making discoveries about what grows in their yard.


Paul Dierking, Member at Large


Sue Olsen, Member at Large


Bob Schatt, Member at Large

 Jim and LaRue

Jim Unglaube, Member at Large (pictured with his wife, LaRue)


Pastor Laurie Eaton also serves on the Council. See bio.