Pastors

Pastor Mark Aune

Senior Pastor
651-457-3373
maune@augustana.com

What I do at Augustana
As one of the pastors I am privileged to serve the congregation in preaching, teaching, pastoral care as well as leading the staff. I love the relationships with parishioners that are central to my work as a parish pastor. Walking with people as we all seek to follow Jesus is an important part of what I do and I love the fact we do it together, in community.

My favorite Bible verse
“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:19b-20)

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me…
On my bicycle along with my wife, Janis, or at our small lake cabin near Crane Lake in the north country where I can take a hot sauna and jump into a cold lake.

One more thing I’d like you to know
I like to read crime fiction, and two of my favorite authors are William Kent Krueger and Jo Nesbo.

Pastor Megan Torgerson

Pastor
651-457-3373
mtorgerson@augustana.com

What I do at Augustana
As the associate pastor, I have shared duties in preaching, leading worship, pastoral care, teaching, and leadership. I am involved in the confirmation program as the lead teacher on Wednesday nights. I also work closely with Children, Youth, and Family ministries and the Evangelism committee.

My favorite Bible verse
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me…
I’m usually spending time with my family. My husband, daughters, and I like to be with his family here in the Twin Cities or with my family up in the Red River Valley. I also love to travel, hike, camp, and canoe.

One more thing I’d like you to know
The rumors are true: I was Miss Minnesota 2003. I competed at Miss America! The experience changed my life, and not just because I learned to walk in heels.

Eric Nelson

Pastoral Intern
651-457-3373
enelson@augustana.com

What I do at Augustana
I’ll be doing the things a pastor does as I continue to learn and serve with you. I’ll be visiting, preaching, praying, and much more. 

My favorite Bible verse
“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me…
I’m usually be with my wife and our boys. You also may find me playing the drums, walking, biking, cheering on the Vikings, enjoying conversation with family and friends, or possibly playing a round of golf when it isn’t shoveling season.

One more thing I’d like you to know
I am excited to be with you and have never been a part of a church of this size. Bear with me if I have to ask your name a few times before it finally sticks. I am looking forward to getting to know Augustana Lutheran Church.