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About St. Luke's

Whether you enter through this Web site or through the church doors, all are warmly invited to join us in knowing Christ and making Christ known. St. Luke's strives to be a Christian community that involves all people of God in worship, learning, care, service and witness.
Do come in! Browse our Web site and visit our church. You are most welcome.

               - Pastor Stephen Larson

Mission Statement
We, the members of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, are a congregation of people who believe in Jesus Christ. We are committed to glorifying God through worship and acting as His disciples by learning about our role in His kingdom on earth.
We are committed to changing lives through the Holy Spirit by the witness we make to those we meet in our daily lives and the service we render to the oppressed people of the world. We support and strengthen one another through Christian fellowship and by sharing the Good News that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior.

Vision Statement
St. Luke’s is committed to knowing Christ and making Christ known. We strive to develop a Christian community that invites and values all people, that nurtures growth with God and each other, and that encourages openness, acceptance, trust, and service to God and God’s community.

St. Luke's "Four Goals"

  1. Ignite a passion for worship, mission and ministry.
  2. Invite members and newcomers to participate in service and social opportunities.
  3. Identify, mentor and affirm leaders.
  4. Inspire St. Luke's to move forward with our building program.

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Meet the Staff of St. Luke's

Rev. Kristina C. Weber - Associate Pastor began her ministry with St. Luke's in January 2006. She is called to pastoral ministry with particular attention to member care, education, and congregational life. Her responsibilities include leading worship, preaching, teaching, visitation, and working with the congregation to plan fellowship opportunities and events. Pastor Weber was ordained in 1997. She has served congregations several Minnesota communities: Toivola and Meadowlands, Chanhassen, Crystal, and St. Louis Park. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota (B.A.), and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California (M.Div.). Pastor Weber is married to Rev. Erik Weber; they have two sons.

Melinda Ramseth Hoiland is Director of Children's Choirs at St. Luke's, where she directs the Cherub Choir (K-2nd), Junior Choir (3rd-6th), an Orff Ensemble (3rd-6th), other instrumental groups and Camp Allegro, a weeklong music day-camp held at the church each summer. She also coordinates worship and music for summer weekday services. The St. Luke's children's choir program encourages children to grow in their Christian faith as they lead worship, learn liturgies and hymns as well as choral anthems and songs. Children experience music in a variety of ways, through singing, playing Orff and rhythm instruments, moving and creating. Melinda holds a B.A. in Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and a M.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in Orff-Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Melinda and her husband Joel have three children - Kiersten, Daniel and Britta.

Anne Krentz Organ serves as the Director of Music Ministries at St. Luke's. Her responsibilities include worship planning, service playing, and the direction of the choral and instrumental music program which includes adult, youth, and children's choirs, handbell choirs, and a variety of instrumental ensembles. Anne holds degrees from Valparaiso University, the University of Illinois, and Concordia University at River Forest, IL. Her compositions are published by Abingdon Press, Augsburg Fortress, and Concordia Publishing House. Anne and her husband Jim are the parents of three boys; Andrew, Daniel, and Paul.

Jeannine Oakes has served as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries since November 2008 and is responsible for nurturing Christian education and faith formation in children, youth, and families. Jeannine’s roles include organizing intergenerational events, youth service projects, as well as education and fellowship opportunities for the youth and children of the congregation. She also recruits and trains volunteers and teachers who work with the children and youth in a variety of ways. She is the Director of Vacation Bible School and the primary leader for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Jeannine received a BFA in Film, Photography, and Electronic Media from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her interest in liturgy, theology, and multi-media worship encouraged her to receive her MDiv from Yale Divinity School through the Institute of Sacred Music where she received the Director’s Prize for her collaborative work on a Holocaust Remembrance Installation in 2007. She is currently a Master of Arts in Urban Ministry candidate at McCormick Theological Seminary and the recipient of the Thomas B. Mackie merit scholarship.

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