Pastor John Klawiter
Office: 651-464-3323 ext 107
I love being the pastor at Faith Lutheran! There is always something new and exciting happening here. I started in 2016 and Faith was the right place for my family to join (my wife Taryn and I have 8 kids). I think ministry is about what God has us doing beyond the walls of the building—but worship is an essential part of our community of believers coming together to support one another, grow in faith, and learn about how God is calling us to be God’s hands, feet, and voice in the world. We have an awesome staff that helps you grow in your ministry—not to do the work for you.
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Pastor Steve Melander
Office: 651-464-3323 ext 106
I retired from full time pastoral ministry a few years ago, but what I love the most about being a pastor is visiting people at their homes or when they are hospitalized. By working part-time as the visitation pastor, I get to keep doing what I love during the week and worship on Sundays with my wife, Deb, as a member. If you or someone you care about needs a phone call or a visit with communion, please let me know.
Deacon Nina Joygaard
Adult Ministry Deacon
Office: 651-464-3323 ext 105
I work with Adult Ministries at Faith – and there are so many ways to get connected! I am passionate about community, spirituality/prayer, serving our neighbor, and vocation (Who has God created you to be for the world?). I am a Minister of Word and Service and hope you are blessed by authentic Christian community as I have been. I want to walk with you as you find your ministry.
If you want to connect at Faith or have an idea for a new group or service that you want to be part of – talk to me!
Office: 651-464-3323 ext 101
I am responsible for the day-to-day management of the church office functions, act as the executive assistant to the Senior Pastor, and provides administrative and informational support to the congregation members and other staff.
Office: 651-464-3323 ext 116
I am responsible for providing administrative support to our staff, with an emphasis on church membership records and communication.
If you want to know when the next New Member class will be, talk to me!
Director of Children, Youth and Families
There are so many great opportunities to grow in your faith at Faith and I’d love to help you. Wednesday nights are for the whole family—from birth to retirees, there is something for you. I’m the director of children (talk to me about Sunday school), youth (service groups, confirmation, and encouraging our youth to lead), and family (which means inter-generational learning and bringing people together around activities that are fun AND develop faith).
Want to learn more about Wednesday night programs, Sunday morning Christian education, or walking alongside children and youth? Talk to me!
Children's Ministry Coordinator
I lead programming for ages Kindergarten - 2nd grade on Wednesday nights. I also help out occasionally on Sunday mornings during Sunday School.
Children's Ministry Coordinator
I lead Kids Connect programming for ages 3rd - 6th grade on Wednesday nights. I also help our occasionally on Sunday mornings during Sunday School.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
I lead youth programming for grades 9-12 on Wednesday nights.
Jean Peikert, RN
Office: 651-464-3323 ext 120
I function as a part of the pastoral ministry team serving the congregation and the community by bringing an approach of wellness, wholeness and prevention.
This includes blood pressure screening at church and in the community; visits to homes, hospitals and nursing homes; and the distribution of communion to people unable to attend church. Follow-up visits are also done after hospitalizations for people who need an advocate and for people with terminal illnesses.
Education is also a part of the ministry. CPR classes are periodically available, articles of health care issues in Faith communications and handouts are available in the Parish Nurse Office.
Traditional Worship Arts Director
Office: 651-464-3323 ext 115
I develop and lead the traditional worship music ministry for Faith Lutheran Church and rehearse and conduct the Faith Choir, Family Choir, Youth Choir and small choral ensembles to support traditional worship and special services. I also serve as Faith Music Academy’s primary administrator and point-of-contact to the public, instructors and students.
You are invited to use your musical gifts in music ministry at Faith.
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Modern Worship Arts Director and Small Groups Leader
I’m brand new to this staff, in a newly-formed position, so every day is a wonderful adventure… and never dull. I get to oversee the modern aspects of our worship gatherings, when we get to come together and sing. In addition, I work to energize and guide the way we do life together in small groups. Basically, I am here to help us step into what God is doing in our community. And there's a lot of great work happening! Playing relevant and moving music, writing songs we can sing together, and helping people find their place in the community of faith is my passion. Come to the 10:30 am service on Sunday, swing by the stage and introduce yourself. Can’t wait to meet you!
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Office: 651-464-3323 ext 115
Office: 651-464-3323 ext 108
I provide leadership in all the business needs of the church so that our ministry staff can focus on ministry.
Contact me with questions of Faith's finances, giving, facility use, insurance, communications, staffing, legal matters and anything else that makes you yawn.
Office: 612-464-3323 ext 117
I am responsible for the maintenance, appearance and safety of the buildings and grounds. You can find me at Faith during the day. Shana Praske, Custodian, is at Faith in the evenings.
I am around in the evenings caring for and looking after the church.
Food Service Coordinator
I am responsible for leading the Wednesday evening fellowship meal and other meals as scheduled.
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