Pastor Rick Skare, Senior Pastor(763) 496-2400 | Email Pastor Rick
Pastor Rick is the Senior Pastor at Word of Peace. He oversees administration, staffing, worship, and children, youth, and family ministry. He serves as the pastoral advisor to the Executive Team, Strategic Planning Team, Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Team, Worship & Visual Arts Team, and the Property Team.
Pastor Rick is married to our Minister of Spiritual Care, Kristin Skare, and they live in St. Michael. Pastor Rick and Kristin have three children: Lauren, Anna, and Martin, and a loveable, one-eyed, rescue dog named Keera. Pastor Rick enjoys triathlons, skiing, kayaking, watching movies, going up north, and listening to Jimmy Buffet (yes, he's a parrot-head).
Pastor Keith Long, Pastor of Congregational Life and Growth(763) 496-2400 | Email Pastor Keith
Pastor Keith oversees the ministries of congregational life and growth, adult education and small group ministry, special interest groups, fellowship, and communications. He serves as the pastoral advisor to the Stewardship Team and the Life and Growth Team, and oversees the Volunteer Coordinator, the Media & Worship Arts Administrator and the Communications Specialist.
Pastor Keith and his wife, Rebecca, live in Rogers with their two young children, Natalie and Andrew. Pastor Keith enjoys running, hunting, fishing, camping, baseball, reading, and travel. He also enjoys music, theater and film, and spending time with family and friends.
Kristin Skare, Minister of Spiritual Care(763) 496-2404 | Email Kristin
Kristin coordinates Word of Peace’s visitation ministry, CARE ministry, the prayer network, monthly prayer services, and the BeFrienders ministry. She provides general ministry support to the pastors by leading, teaching, and serving where they ask her to serve. She is also the staff liaison for volunteers who serve the Word of Peace women’s ministry.
Kristin is in the final stages of completing her Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary and also serves as intern pastor at Alleluia Lutheran Church in Saint Michael, Minnesota. Kristin loves spending time with her husband, Pastor Rick and their three children--Lauren, Anna, and Martin. She’s crazy about her one-eyed rescue dog, singing, hiking, reading, theater, writing, and spending time with great friends around a dinner table.
Tyler Strom, Minister of Faith in Action(763) 496-2400 | Email Tyler
Tyler oversees the ministries of social justice, global missions, and mental health. He serves as the staff advisor to the Global Missions and Social Ministry Teams, along with the Mental Health Task Force.
Tyler is originally from Helena, Montana and he served as Director for Youth Ministries at a congregation in Spokane, Washington before attending seminary. He is in the final stages of completing his Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary and he plans to graduate in May 2017. Tyler and his wife, Siobhan, recently welcomed their first child, Isla Grace. Tyler loves to drink coffee, eat cheese, play the piano, experiment with recipes, and meet new people.
Kari OsmekDirector of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
(763) 496-2418Email Kari
Dawn SaxtonDirector of Children's Ministries
Rachel SmithDirector of Family Ministries
(763) 496-2423Email Rachel
Sheldon WayDirector of Youth Ministry
(763) 496-2430Email Sheldon
Megan MoenConfirmation/Children, Youth, and Family Administrator
(763) 496-2406Email Megan
Sarah ThompsonNursery Coordinator
(763) 496-2400Email Sarah
Julie PicconattoDirector of Preschool
(763) 496-2419Email Julie
Zeanna AmundsonPreschool Teacher(3/4's T/Th AM and PM)
(763) 496-2416Email Zeanna
Vicky EntingerPreschool Teacher (M-Th Faithful 5s)
(763) 496-2416Email Vicky
Megan HansonPreschool Teacher Aide(M-Th Faithful 5s)
Katie KottkePreschool Teacher (4/5's M/W/F AM and PM)
(763) 496-2416Email Katie
Lori ReustPreschool Teacher (4/5's M/W/F AM and PM)
(763) 496-2416Email Lori
Michael SahlenMinister of Worship and Music
(763) 496-2412Email Michael
Dain SwansonWorship and Media Arts Administrator
(763) 496-2409Email Dain
Dawn SaxtonAssistant to the Minister of Worship and Music
(763) 496-2413Email Dawn
Susen KayMembership Secretary
(763) 496-2400Email Susen
Jennie PriebeCommunications Specialist(763) 496-2401Email Jennie
Tracy RoweVolunteer Coordinator(763) 496-2421Email Tracy
Linda ThomasDirector of Administration(763) 496-2407Email Linda
Brandi SnellAccounting Clerk(763) 496-2411Email Brandi
Jim NoltingMaintenance Coordinator
(763) 496-2411Email Jim