Pastor Laurie Eaton
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Pastor Laurie Eaton was called as pastor to Our Saviour’s in 2009. Her passion for seeing faith active in individual lives as well as in transforming our communities and the world are a good match with the congregation’s history and priority of being visible signs of God’s love.

A 2003 graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Laurie served as Associate Pastor at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins from 2003-2009. She is an active leader in ISAIAH, a coalition of approximately 100 congregations committed to living out faith values in the public realm, seeking racial and economic equity in our state. Formerly she served on the Minneapolis Area Synod Council and as Co-chair of the Partnership Table. Called to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, much of her focus includes worship, education, pastoral care and the Congregation Council.

Laurie is the proud mother of four fabulous adult children: Sam, Kelly, Jake and Casey. She is married to Jim Jasper, Executive Director of Restart, Inc. Her greatest joys include serving as pastor at OSLC, having faith conversations with members and friends, reading novels, good coffee, and antiquing with Jim.


Mary Preus, Director of Worship and Music
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Mary Preus is first, a song leader and second, a singer, teacher, worship leader and choir director. Music director and song leader at Our Saviour's since 1994, Mary engages the community not just on Sunday mornings, but at almost every Wednesday Connections evening, too. A colleague once said of her, "Mary could teach a stone to sing."

Mary has been working in neighborhood businesses, community arts endeavors, and progressive Christian peace and justice communities for twenty-five years. She sings in several different languages and has led singing around the world. She is the artistic director of Minnesota Community SINGS, the worship and music coordinator for the Community of St. Martin, and a co-founder and member of Bread for the Journey, where she co-leads the teaching and singing of songs of justice, community and faith from around the world.

Mary says, “When we join our voices to the song of all creation, we not only build community, but we do what comes naturally which helps us know our place as just one part of the big, beautiful whole. Singing together is irresistible joy!”

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Pastor Martha Schwehn Bardwell
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Pastor Martha Bardwell was called as Associate Pastor in January 2016. She graduated from Luther Seminary in 2015. Before that, she worked as a staff member at a drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness, as a recruiter for Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC), and as a summer lead cook at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center and year-round community in the Cascade mountains. All of these experiences have instilled in Martha a passion for building Christ-centered community with others - in a way that trusts that God oftentimes shows up in strangers (Matthew 25:35).

In addition to regular worship leadership and preaching, Martha’s primary focuses at Our Saviour’s include youth group, education for all ages, Living Questions (a ministry of welcome for new folks), and building community through the use of our backyard neighborhood oven. 

Martha and her husband, Sam, live in North Minneapolis with their kids, Naomi and Will.


Diane Palmer, Bookkeeper
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Diane Palmer was born and raised in Chicago, and moved to Minnesota in 1974 after graduating from Eastern Illinois University. She started her own business in 1980, providing bookkeeping and tax services to small businesses and non-profits organizations. She started working at Our Saviour’s in 2005 as a part-time bookkeeper and accepted the job of Business Manager in June 2006. She still provides financial and tax services to small businesses, friends and family. Her interests at Our Saviour's include not only managing financial accounts and tracking contributions, but also maintaining our beautiful physical space.


Alexander Farino, Office Manager
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Alex Farino is a born and raised Midwesterner who, after spending 5 years in Philadelphia, moved to Minnesota in early 2018. The lure of a better quality of life, the great arts and culture scene, the progressive and accepting environment, the parks, the nature and the seasons (including winter) made the Twin Cities the perfect new home. After a career in opera and theatrical production, he is excited to be using his experience to support the member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, to advance its mission and promote the many programs that make this congregation so wonderful and blessed and bring the teachings of Jesus to the Phillips Neighborhood and the wider community.

He is is responsible for keeping the church office humming, keeping OSLC's presence visible in the community through the website and social media, producing the monthly newsletter The Sentinel and assisting with the publication of the the weekly worship folder.

Alex lives in North Minneapolis with his husband, Polish born painter Marcin Cienski and their two transplanted pups...Bodie- a Lab/ Collie mix from New Jersey and Mala, a Dachsund/ Corgi mix from Poland.



Matthew Bell, Custodian/ Building Maintenance

Matthew Bell is our building custodial - maintenance person.  He comes to us with an extensive background in the field bringing his building expertise to our congregation after having worked in other church over the years.  He has been a lifelong resident of in Saint Paul for the most part presently living in the Frogtown neighborhood. Matthew, an avid bicyclist, is parent of two adult age son and daughter. He takes pride in keeping the building and grounds presentable and being on top of any maintenance needs that arise.


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