Congregation Council 2018

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 also a member of Our Saviour’s. 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

Mike recently retired from Bread for the World, a faith-based nonprofit organization working to end hunger, where he was employed as donor relations representative. He served 25 years in investment positions at the Board of Pensions of the ELCA, General Mills and Minnesota’s Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association. In the mid-nineties Mike served a two-year sabbatical as a missionary for the ELCA, engaged with microfinance programs in Nicaragua. Mike has an MA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a diaconal minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


 

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


 

Patrick Herson, Member at Large

Patrick Herson is the very lucky spouse of Claire Doyle and the fortunate father of three adult children:  Mairead, Fiona and Seamus. He has been a member of OSLC since Easter 2017. Besides his vocations of spouse and parent, Patrick is a family doctor by training  and lived out that vocation in a variety of settings including private practice, as a medical school faculty member, with two insurance companies and most recently as the leader of the employed provider group in the Fairview Health System.  He is currently preparing to do a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative (End of Life) Medicine.  Patrick helped lead the Youth Faith Formation program at OSLC  in 2017-2018 and is a voracious reader, an AB level racquetball player and rarely thinks of time spent in his garden as ‘work.’


Elaine Johnson, Member at Large

I started attending Our Saviour's in 1985 and became a member in 1986. I am the mother of Liza and Dennis. I am also in private practice as a licensed psychologist and alcohol counsellor. My involvement with Our Saviour's has included teaching Sunday school, working on service teams and serving as a member of various committees including the Building Task Force and Strategic Management Group.


 

Solveig Nilsen, Member at Large

Solveig has been a member since the early 80’s.  She was first attracted to Our Saviour's by the sign out front proclaiming classes in English as a Second Language for adults, and the Shelter Program. As a former Peace Corps Ethiopia ESL teacher, a church that offered shelter to the homeless, and free service to immigrants made it worth checking out, and staying.  Solveig is a retired reference librarian, union organizer -- she was the chief steward of AFSCME Local 2864 for many years -- and occasional writer.


 

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.

 


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