Back row: Lea Ann Burau, Mike Christopherson, Shelly Hilgers, Mary Toufar, Myron Crawford, Carl Bredberg.
Front row: Pastor Dale Peterson, Pastor Christine Ruth,
Jean Krukowski, Susie Watts
  Pastor Dale Peterson, Senior Pastor:
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 R Peterson
Senior Pastor

952-442-2101 x.101
Pastor Christine Ruth, Associate Pastor: 
I am originally from Marshfield, Wisconsin, where I was ordained there at another Faith Lutheran Church in 2000.  I served congregations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Menomonie, Wisconsin, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota before accepting my recent call to Faith Lutheran in 2015.  My husband, Greg, my son, Kellen, and my daughter, Adeline, all live with me in Chanhassen. 

I received my BS in Social Work in Luther College in 1995, my M.Div. from Luther Seminary in 2000, and my MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2012.

My passion in ministry is helping ordinary people discover their spiritual gifts and their unique spiritual-DNA – how God has uniquely wired them to love and serve their community.  I believe that the world is desperately in need of people who have “come alive” and are living the “abundant life” Jesus talks about in John 10:10.  I believe that we find our deepest sense of joy and meaning when loving and serving our neighbor in the way that fits best for us. I am committed to community outreach, healing marriages and families, and to preaching relevant sermons that are challenging and easily applicable to your life.  

When I’m not at church, you can find me drinking cappuccinos at the Mocha Monkey, singing in community musical theater, reading Tolkien, doing Zumba, or canoeing in the Boundary Waters.     

Pastor Christine Ruth
Associate 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.  My dad was the first to plant the seed in me –“someday you will be a leader in the church.” I am the mother of five, the mother-in-law of four and the “NANA” of six. Family is very important to all of us.

Prior to moving to Waconia, my husband and I were camp directors at Luther Park Bible Camp in Chetek, WI for 23 years. 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.

My Mission:
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.

My Purpose:
There are three verses from the Bible that help form my purpose statement.
  • “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”   [Jesus] Matthew 19:14
  • Go . . . make disciples.  Baptize them and teach them to obey me. . . Remember, I will be with you always.”  [Jesus] Matthew 28:19-20
  • Advice given to Timothy when he was feeling to young and unworthy – “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in live, in love in faith and in purity.”  [Paul] 1 Timothy 4:12
Ms. Mary Toufar
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
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.

Mr. Myron Crawford
Youth and Family Minister
952-442-2101 X. 111


Music 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.

Mr. Dean Culver joins us as Faith's Sunday custodian.
Our staff is proud to serve Jesus Christ through our ministry together at Faith Lutheran Church!

® Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church - All Rights Reserved