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. Pastor Dale is on his Sabbatical from
May 18 - August 18.

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 and Family Minister
952-442-2101 X. 105


Music Staff:

Ms. Shelly Hilgers is Faith's piano accompanist.

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

Ms. Jeanine
Kruschke is our Director for the Prime Time Band, Faith's Praise Band.

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

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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