Thank you for your interest in Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. Our Mission statement is: “To Learn, Serve and Share the Gospel by growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ, each other and those beyond our walls.” We invite you to join us for one of our three weekly worship services. We worship on Sunday mornings at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00. Faith is a Lutheran church proud of our Lutheran identity that tends to attract individuals and families from a variety of church backgrounds. Over 1/3 of our membership grew up in churches other than the Lutheran church or had no church background at all. We are open and accepting. We love to meet new people. We offer quality Christian programming for all ages. As Senior Pastor it is my privilege to lead a growing congregation of wonderful members who share generously of their time, talents and financial resources. We try to take good care of each other and are committed to reaching out beyond our walls. At Faith Lutheran we are always trying new things while maintaining traditions that are relevant and spiritually helpful. If you are looking for a church to attend I hope you will check us out. We are currently enjoying getting to know many families who have recently moved into the Waconia area. Please call me at (952) 442-2101 x. 101 or email me at if you have any questions about Faith.

Pastor Dale R Peterson
Senior Pastor

Pastor Karri Anderson
Interim Pastor











God has formed me and my ministry by a long and patient molding of my life and my experiences. I am the daughter of a preacher who first planted the seed in me that I would someday be a leader in the church. I am the mother of five, the mother-in-law of four and the “NANA” of five. Family is very important to all of us. My husband and I have been camp directors at Luther Park Bible Camp in Chetek, WI for the past 23years. Before that we were teachers in Prescott, WI and went to camp in the summer months. Before that we were both students and graduates of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with degrees in Education.

In recent years I have worked with the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin in training and equipping youth workers in their own discipleship ministries. I am thrilled to be here at Faith Lutheran where I can now put some of the principles and practices of relational youth ministry into practice with “OUR KIDS”.

My favorite calling in life is that of a “disciple-maker”. This is a calling I can live out in my family, my community and my church. When working with young people I feel that it is very important for them to know that God’s calling in their lives begins NOW. In 1 Timothy 4:12 Paul tells Timothy that God calls him to be the best YOUNG PERSON of FAITH that he can be. That is my message to kids whenever I get the chance to share it.

Ms. Mary Toufar
Youth and Family Minister
952-442-2101 X. 105

My calling to ministry, and what eventually led me to serve at Faith Lutheran as the Children and Family Minister in June of 2012, started when I wrote my own faith story for my confirmation in the 8th grade.  I discovered that I have a passion for ministry, a desire to hear other people’s faith stories, and a love of working with children, youth and families.  This led me to an undergraduate degree in Religion and Social Welfare.  During my college years I spent my spring breaks on service trips, studied abroad in Tanzania and worked summers at Sugar Creek Bible Camp, all of which played a part in leading me into the seminary.  My Master’s degree in Children, Youth and Family Ministry with an emphasis on sustainable Outdoor Ministry allows me to combine the passion that I have for ministry, nature and creation care.  Having grown up in Watertown, I am so excited to be living back in this area and feel so blessed to be a part of Faith Lutheran Church. Please stop in and visit me anytime, my door is always open!

Ms. Jillian Emery
Children and Family Minister



Music Staff:

Mr. Aaron Olson is our Director of Faith Choir (adult)

Ms. Jeanine Kruschke is our Director for the Gathering Band.

Ms. Lea Ann Burau is the Director of the Kid's Club Choir, for children Kindergarten - 4th grade.

Ms. Becky Oberlander is the Director of the Faithful Ringers, Faith's handbell choir.

Ms. Kay Young is the Director of the 5th & 6th Grade Choir.

Our Support Staff:

Mr. Mike Christopherson is Faith’s Church Administrator, Mike began this position in March 2006, in addition to his administrative duties Mike is also the financial coordinator. Contact Mike at,

Ms. Jean Krukowski
is Faith's Church Administrator/Communications. Jean began this position in 2002, and supports all Faith Formation staff by managing schedules, preparing and sending mailings,all registrations. Jean also serves as Faith's Comunication editor. she designs and publishes Faith In Action newsletter, announcements/bulletins and worship powerpoints. Website coordinator with Melonie Elvebak.Contact Jean at,

Ms. Susie Watts is Faith's Volunteer Coordinatior. Susie began in April 2007, she will be organizing our volunteer data base, and support the administrators.
Contact Susie at,

Mr. Carl Bredberg joins us as Faith's custodian August 2010.

Our staff is proud to serve Jesus Christ through our ministry together at Faith Lutheran Church!




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