Pastors

Pastor Jason Bryan-Wegner

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

What I actually do at Augustana:

I lead the staff and leadership of the congregation in discerning God’s mission for our congregation. I preach and lead worship. I visit with kids, families, those who are sick and those who are grieving. I spend as much time with people as possible.

My favorite Bible verse:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me:

Downhill skiing in the winter, golfing or camping in the summer, traveling, playing cards with my wife and two kids, reading a good book, or checking out a new brewery.

One more thing I’d like you to know

I love to hear people’s stories and see where their lives connect to God. My mission as a pastor is to help people connect to God and others in ways that transform lives and communities.

Pastor Deb Kielsmeier

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

What I actually do at Augustana:

I am one of the pastors at Augustana. You probably will see me leading worship, preaching, and teaching classes or Bible studies. I also visit folks in the hospital and with communion, meet with staff and others, attend church/synod events, and spend time praying, reading, and studying.

My favorite Bible verse:

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. PSALM 139:7-10

When I’m not at Augustana you can find me:

Hanging out with husband, adult kids and six grandkids. I also love to garden, quilt, travel and spend time in the great outdoors.

One more thing I’d like you to know:

I grew up in New England, and our family lived in Kenya in the early 1990s.

Staff

Kathy Andrews

Co-Director of Music
651-457-3373
kathlandrews@aol.com

What I actually do at Augustana: I work closely with the pastors and the Director of Music/Organist to plan meaningful worship and give leadership to the overall music program. I’m responsible for the vocal music in the traditional worship services and personally direct the Senior Choir, Agape Choir and Cherub Choir.

My favorite Bible verse is: For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, And his faithfulness to all generations. PSALM 100:5

We are reminded to come into God’s presence with singing and to serve Him with gladness.  And the fifth verse, which is my favorite, assures us of His everlasting love.

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me: babysitting our grandchildren, reading, spending time with friends and family, and attending concerts and plays.

One more thing I’d like you to know: Jim and I love to travel.  One of our favorite places to go is to the Aspen Music Festival each summer.  Spending time in the mountains and listening to beautiful music is the perfect getaway.

Joann Arneberg

Faith Community Nurse
651-457-3373
jarneberg@augustana.com

What I actually do at Augustana:

My role is to value, care for and nurture Augustana’s members throughout their lifespan by promoting emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Practically, this means I partner with the pastoral staff and many volunteers to administer a wide variety of programs that care for and support Augustana’s congregation.

Favorite Bible verse:

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. EPHESIANS 3: 20-21

When I’m not at Augustana you may find me:

I love to learn new ways to improve health through cooking and eating better, keeping up with changing research, and exercise. In the warmer months, I love to take long walks and hikes, kayak, canoe, and bike (my husband and I have a tandem bicycle that we love to ride on the many trails in the Cities). In the colder months, I like to cross-country ski and snowshoe, especially on the North Shore.

The other thing I want you to know:

My husband and I and our 4 children have been blessed to have lived internationally, 8 years in rural Tanzania and 5 years in urban China. We have served as missionaries, reaching out to people with practical solutions to everyday problems, while sharing our hope in Jesus. I loved living

Laurie Armon

Program Assistant, Children & Family Ministry
651-457-3373
larmon@augustana.com

What I actually do at Augustana: I am Program Assistant to Children’s Ministry and Preschool Teacher. I am blessed to be able to work with children of all ages.

Favorite Bible verse:

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me  PHILIPPIANS 4:13

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me:  working in my garden, scrapbooking, playing a family game or going to a movie with my family.

One more thing I’d like you to know:

I have three degrees, 4- year business degree, cosmetology and landscape design degree. I am adopted and was raised on a farm in ND.

Steve & Deb Bechtold

Custodial Staff
651-457-3373

Stacy Bratvold

Business Administrator
651-457-3373
sbratvold@augustana.com

Carie Closmore

Custodial Staff
651-457-3373

John Closmore

Custodial Staff
651-457-3373

Stacy Eichman-Cardwell

Director of Adult Ministry
651-457-3373
secardwell@augustana.com

What I actually do at Augustana: Education has always been my passion. I work hard at providing adults a variety of educational opportunities in various settings. I also coordinate lay led small group programs. Make sure you check out the different Adult Ministry flyers and that you are getting my weekly emails.

My favorite Bible verse: But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.     ISAIAH 40:31

When I’m not at Augustana you can find me: mucking out the barn, grooming our horse, swimming, working in one of the gardens, biking, spinning our llama and goats fiber, training our Golden Retriever, hiking, learning pottery, cooking, lifting weights, spending time with friends and family, and learning something new!

One more thing I’d like you to know:

My husband Todd and I feel extremely blessed to  have had the opportunity to parent our adopted child Brianna (Brie) from infancy to adulthood. Our “open adoption” experience has been awesome and we continue to cherish this parenting journey.

Cathy Hendrikson

Director of Children’s Ministry & Community Mission
651-457-3373
chendrikson@augustana.com

What I do at Augustana:  I have responsibility for all programing for children (birth-6th grade), including nursery, Kids’ Kingdom (Sunday School), and summer camps. I also work closely with our community mission partners and coordinate the new Community Meals program every Thursday evening.

My favorite bible verses are:

Trust in him at all times, people: pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.     PSALM 62:8

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.   PHILIPPIANS 4:13

When I’m not at Augustana you can find me: in my back yard reading a book, lounging in the pool, or just relaxing (which doesn’t happen very often). I also spend time quite a bit of time at Luther College, spending time with my daughter and watching my son play baseball.

One more thing I want you to know about me is: The land that the church is built on was my grandparent’s farm.

Vanessa Hernandez

Nursery Coordinator
651-457-3373
vhernandez@augustana.com

Andy Jacob

Organist/Co-Director of Music
651-457-3373
ajacob@augustana.com

What I actually do at Augustana:

Organist, direct the handbell choir, accompany the vocal choirs, help plan worship, and coordinate Augustana’s concert series

Favorite Bible verse:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. COLOSSIANS 3:16

When I’m not at Augustana, you will find me:

Trying a new recipe in the kitchen, planting in our garden, going for a hike, volunteering at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum

One more thing I’d like you to know

My wife is a pastor. Conversations at the dinner table can get real interesting between a pastor and an organist!

Abby Norlin-Weaver

Director of Youth & Family Ministry
651-457-3373
anorlinweaver@augustana.com

What I actually do at Augustana: I have the pleasure of working with students in 7th – 12th grade, college students/young adults and their families. In my work I provide programming that offers opportunities for learning and growing both socially and spiritually. I work to support all the youth and families at Augustana in and outside the walls of the church building.

Favorite Bible verse: So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. MATTHEW 6:34

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me:

With friends and family in the aquatics world (I think I’m part fish) or enjoying their company and spending time in the kitchen.

One more thing I’d like you to know:

You can always take a chocolate break at my desk!

Carla Pfeifer

Communications Coordinator
651-457-3373
cpfeifer@augustana.com

What I actually do at Augustana: Coordinate Augustana’s communications, both internally (website, newsletter, social media) and externally (newspapers and other local media outlets.) I also write and design the annual stewardship and global mission materials and other congregational brochures.

Favorite Bible verse: 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. JERAMIAH 29:11

When I’m not at Augustana you can find me:

In the kitchen planning menus and cooking, walking our dog, Rexi, playing the piano, or spending time with my husband and our three boys.

One more thing I’d like you to know:

I love sports! My two favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Go Big Red) and the Los Angeles Lakers!!

Cori Pochardt

Admin Support/Event Coordinator
651-457-3373
cpochardt@augustana.com

What I actually do at Augustana: As part of the Clerical Support Team in the church office, I help staff leaders with whatever they need as they prepare for their different ministry events. I manage the church calendar and building in regards to the scheduling of rooms for all activities, both church-sponsored as well as outside group use.  As of 2015,  I became the Columbarium & Memorial Garden Administrator, working with members in the purchase of niches for inurnment, keeping detailed records for all whose ashes are inurned and whose names will be inscribed on the memorial wall.

Favorite Bible Verse: With God, all things are possible.

MATTHEW 19:26

When I’m not at Augustana you will find me: 

Spending time with family and friends, reading, trying new restaurants around the Cities, and cheering on my Green Bay Packers!

One more thing I’d like you to know:

I’m a farm girl from Wisconsin and love all things about my home state!

Barb Rolfes

Administrative Secretary
651-457-3373
brolfes@augustana.com

What I do: I am the first face you see when you walk in to Augustana, so I direct a bit of traffic, compile and format the bulletin information, answer or direct phone inquiries, help all staff with their administrative needs.

Favorite Bible verse: Be still and know that I AM.  PSALM 46:10

When I’m not at Augustana you can find me: Reading, wrangling grandchildren, feeding the birds, gardening

One more thing I’d like you to know: I love the thought of the communion of saints; think of all those who have breathed the air you breathe.

Lowell Steenberg

Custodial Staff
651-457-3373

Deb Van

Financial Secretary
651-457-3373
dvan@augustana.com

What I actually do at Augustana: As part of the office support staff, I am responsible for the accounting of contributions made to the Church. I work with the volunteers who count the Sunday offering and I maintain the contribution records for all members. I administer the automatic withdrawal program and am the contact person for on-line giving and offering envelopes.

Favorite Bible verse: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.    HEBREWS 11:1

When I’m not at Augustana, you can find me:

Either at home or at the lake!

One more thing I’d like you to know: I am “grandma” to two very special granddaughters, Averie and Isla!

Kim Zemple

Chorister Choir Director
651-457-3373
kimzemple@yahoo.com

What I actually do at Augustana: I work with Augustana’s Awesome Kids! I direct the Chorister Choir (grades 4 thru 6), helping students create beautiful music and learning how to sing well. I also get to dance with them and work on their acting skills in our cantata as well as summer music camp. I love my job!

Favorite bible verse: The Lord’s Prayer, MATTHEW 6: 9-13.

When I’m not at Augustana you will find me: reading with my kids, playing at parks, working in the garden, cooking or at the piano…. all things family, really, as our daughter Pearl and son Archer are, as we like to say, a handful.

One more thing I would like you to know: I had the top free throw shooting percentage on my high school basketball team.