Pastor Laurie Eaton
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Pastor Laurie Eaton was called as pastor to Our Saviour’s in October, 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, MN, Laurie served as Associate Pastor at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, MN 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 recently married  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, Music Director
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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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Martha Schwehn Bardwell, Associate Pastor of Community  and Faith Formation 

(On leave July 25 - October 15)
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Martha Schwehn Bardwell was called in late 2015 and began her newly created position as Associate Pastor of Community and Faith Formation in January of 2016, continuing the work she had begun as Minister of Community and Faith Formation in 2014. She enjoys both her work and play with the wonderful youth in the congregation. She brings imagination and many other gifts to the growing new ministry of welcome, Living Questions.

Before coming as a staff member to Our Saviour's, Martha served as a pastoral intern at Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis. She graduated from Luther Seminary with an MDiv in 2015. Her ordination is planned for early January of 2016.

Martha's earlier experience includes work in several communities in other regions: she worked in Tacoma 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. Her experience with group pizza- and bread-making has proved surprisingly useful at Our Saviour's Community Bread Oven!

Martha and her husband, Sam, have one daughter, Naomi, and one son, William.


Diane Palmer, Business Manager
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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.


Deborah Smith, Office Manager
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Deborah Smith grew up in what was then rural and is now suburban Minneapolis. She attended the University of Minnesota, Morris, graduating in 1975. She has worked as a research associate, instructor, freelance technical editor and church office manager. She was hired by Our Saviour's in 2010. Married for thirty-some years, she and husband Jim enjoy reading, camping and canoeing, biking, and their two cats and one dog. Her interests at Our Saviour's include editing and producing church publications (including The Sentinel) and maintaining this website.

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