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, 9:00 and 10:30. 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 received an Associate of Arts degree in Nursing from Anoka-Ramsey Community College and graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Master of Divinity in 1994.  Her internship year at the seminary was spent as a resident chaplain at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, and after graduation she worked as an LSS chaplain in a large senior long term care facility.  In 1997 she received her first call as Pastor of Congregational Care at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, and began serving as an interim pastor in the Minneapolis Area Synod in 2006.  Her interim work has been diverse, serving from solo to senior pastorates, inner city to rural settings, and in congregations with less than 100 members to those with over 7000.  Faith Lutheran is her seventh interim.

Pastor Karri grew up in Coon Rapids and makes her home there with husband Ron and their spoiled Bichon named Hank.  Ron is the executive director of their family owned dance studio as well as a drop in child care center. Her children include son Ryan and his wife Suzanne, daughter Kara and her husband Kyle who have 3 year old Kale and 2 year old Kenley, and youngest son Digger and his wife Lindsay who have a 1 year old daughter named Finn and are expecting their second child in September.  All of them live in the Twin Cities area.  When she’s not working or watching her grandkids she loves reading, knitting, sewing, photography, or strapping on a tool belt!

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
Children, Youth and Family Minister - 4th grade and under
952-442-2101 X. 105


Myron comes to Faith Lutheran with deep experience, having served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Zion Lutheran in Buffalo, MN for the past ten years.  Myron had a strong feeling that God was leading him to a new opportunity when the position at Faith Lutheran became available and he is excited to meet new people, create new relationships, and to lead the youth of our church in faithfulness and discipleship.

Myron will begin at Faith on July 26th, joining youth at Camp WAPO from July 26 – 31.  His farewell service at Zion in Buffalo will be held on Sunday August 2nd and his first day in the office at Faith will be on August 3rd. 

Welcome to Faith Lutheran!

Mr. Myron Crawford
Children, Youth and Family Minister - 5th grade and up
952-442-2101 X. 111


Msic Staff:

Ms. Shelly Hilgers is the primary worship accompanist at Faith Lutheran Church. She plays the piano for all of the Sunday services and accompanies the youth and adult choirs. She also plays for the Christmas and Easter festival worship as well as other Faith special events.

Mr. Aaron Olson is our Director of Faith Choir (adult). He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and his Masters degree from the University of Minnesota. Previous to moving to Waconia, Aaron directed the Pilgrim Lutheran Church adult choir in Superior Wisconsin for six years. Aaron is also currently the director of choral activities at Waconia High School where he directs four curricular choirs in addition to directing Power Company, Waconia High School’s Award winning show Choir. Aaron, his wife Liz and their two children Emma and Ethan have been members at Faith since 1998. 

Ms. Jeanine
Kruschke is our Director for the Prime Time Band, Faith's Praise Band.  She received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and her Masters degree from Capella University.  Jeanine is the Director of Bands at Belle Plaine High School.  At Belle Plaine she conducts the 7th and 8th Grade Bands, the High School Concert Band and many other small ensembles including Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.  Jeanine, her husband Peter and daughter Sophia live in Belle Plaine.  They have been members at Faith since 2009.

Ms. Lea Ann Burau is the director of the Kid's Club Choir at Faith.  This choir includes children that are in kindergarten through 4th grade.  Lea Ann and her husband, Gary have been members of Faith Lutheran Church for over 40 years.  In the past Lea Ann directed the Cherub Choir when her children were young and now returns to direct the Kid's Club Choir where she enjoys having her grandchildren involved in singing.  Lea Ann's interests include quilting, travel and entertaining.

Ms. Kay Young is the Director of Joyful Noise Singers 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, in addition to her administrative duties Jean also serves as Faith's Comunication editor. she designs and publishes Faith In Action newsletter, facebook page, 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 organizies our volunteer data base, and supports 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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