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 usally the first week of the month, tentatively Monday evenings for 2018-2019, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Please check the calendar or worship folders for an updated schedule.

 Ken and his family

Ken Lewis, Congregation President (pictured with his wife, Kelly, and their sons)

Kelly and I joined Our Saviour’s in 2010 with our sons, Nathan, Isaac, and Joseph; this was soon after my father, Ed Lewis, had joined.  We live in St. Paul, near Hamline University.  I have worked for Hennepin County since 1998 and volunteer to supervise social work interns for Our Saviour’s Community Services.  My sister, Liz, recently returned to the Twin Cities and is planning on joining Our Saviour’s soon. My brother, Jon, and other sister, Mynda, also live in the Twin Cities.  It is an honor to serve as Our Saviour's council president.


Paul Dierking, Vice-President


Mike Troutman, Treasurer


Suzanne Burke, Secretary 

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.



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


Elaine Johnson, Member at Large


Solveig Nilsen, 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.