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.

Deb Kielsmeier

Interim Pastor
651-457-3373
dkielsmeier@augustana.com

What I do at Augustana
As a part-time associate pastor, I will have preaching, teaching and pastoral care responsibilities.

My favorite Bible verse
John 10:10b is one of my very favorites. “I have come so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” In Greek there are two words for ‘life’ – one is bios (think: biology or biography) and the second is zoe. (Yup, just like the girl’s name.) Jesus uses zoe here, and also when he proclaims, “I am the way, the truth and the life” in John 14:6.   Why? Well, bios refers to our earthly mortal life (or the material stuff of life.)  Zoe is the life that has always been and will never end. We may strive to get more life from material things (more bios) but in the end, we will be disappointed. But the life Jesus gives us is the true life we seek – abundant, vibrant, and eternal – a life we can enter into today. Wow, what a gift!

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me…
Quilting and listening to audiobooks. (It can be a bit of an obsession!) I also love to garden, hike, ski, and travel. Best of all though, is hanging out with the kids, grandkids and extended family.

One more thing I’d like you to know
I love stories and story-telling. I love hearing how God shows up in so many different ways in the lives of ordinary folks.

 

Michael Poeschl

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

What I do at Augustana
As a pastoral intern, I will be learning all aspects of what it means to be a pastor.

My favorite Bible verse
Romans 8: 38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor power, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus or Lord.” The power of God’s love is the bond that holds us all together. Realizing that love through Christ Jesus joins us all to love one another.

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me…
enjoying quiet time in the outdoors experiencing God’s beautiful creation. Walking through Como Park early in the morning sets my tone and outlook for the day. I like to read and listen to music. I value spending time with my family and sharing their ideas and goals. Planning outdoor adventures and reading canoe maps keeps me in touch with nature. In the winter I try to go Nordic skiing every day. In the summer I like to explore the neighborhood on walks and taking bike rides. I like to talk with people about their various interests and learning new things from them.

 

One more thing I’d like you to know
I have been a skier since as long as I can remember. I have completed 12 Korteloppet’s and 17 Birkebeiner cross-country ski races. Before there was an age requirement, I skied my first Korteloppet at the age of 9. I own 28 pair of skis, both alpine and Nordic, and I am still looking for the perfect wax for my skis.