Shannon Anderson – Children & Family Minister

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My life has taken me through many different paths, but through it all, my constant reminder has come from Jeremiah 29: 11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
I grew up in the Dassel-Cokato area on our family farm. As a child, youth and young adult, I was involved with my home church in various ways – Sunday school student, Sunday school teacher, VBS director, VBS music director, church secretary, choir director, and youth director. Church was a place where I knew I was welcomed and felt a peace when I was there.     
After graduating from college, my first career brought me into the world of education where I taught for seven years.  I taught fourth grade for three years and first grade for four years. On the side, I was still working as a youth director at my home church. After my first mission trip experience, I felt God calling me to DO more and I decided to attend the seminary. I graduated from Luther Seminary with a Master’s degree in Children, Youth and Family Ministry. Following my seminary graduation, I worked at Shalom Lutheran Church in Alexandria for six years and Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake for five years.   
My ministry passion and purpose is for every child to know that God has an incredible plan for them and that they are a beloved Child of God.    
Outside of the church, I have many other interests. Mostly, it revolves around my family. My biggest JOY fillers are the TREMENDOUS TEN, who are my amazing nieces and nephews. I love getting to be their Auntie!  I also enjoy spending time with their parents (my siblings and in-laws) as well as my own parents. We are a Disney World family – so another interest is planning that next Walt Disney World trip!