Senior Pastor 

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Paul Lutter happily began serving as Senior Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church on September 1, 2017. Prior to arriving here, Pastor Paul served congregations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and  Lutheran Campus Ministry in Nebraska. A former teacher of theology at Augsburg University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Mount Mary College and Luther Seminary where he taught preaching, Paul is often invited to speak to groups about topics at the intersection between faith and life. Paul is also working on a low-residency MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Augsburg University, where he is writing a memoir about a three-year experience as a pastor of a rural congregation. Paul is newly married to Jenny.


Visitation Pastor


Pastor Cindy’s is starting here at Grace on August 1st. Her main role will be with our home bound congregation members and helping with services at St. Claire’s and Eastwood.  She will join in Sunday congregation life periodically so will eventually become a familiar face to everyone. We are very excited to be moving forward with this piece of our transition puzzle by welcoming her! She prefers to be contacted by phone, her number is 320-245-7052.


Children, Youth and Family Director

We are excited to have Kelly Kehr as our new Children, Youth and Family Director. She will be in the office starting August 1st.  You can contact Kelly by email at or text at 320-336-8028.


Office Staff


Leah Smith is the Office Manager and Membership Secretary.  She works in the office Monday through Thursday 8-4 and  Friday’s 8-12.  When you call us, you usually get Leah.  We have no voice mail system!!


Krista Elvehjem is the Coordinator of Volunteers and part time office assistant.  Her job is to help find volunteers for the many Ministries we have at Grace.  She makes out the schedules for Sunday morning Worship Assistants.  Krista works part-time Monday-Thursday as Volunteer Coordinator.


Jacki Peterson is our organist.

Dick Schultz is the senior choir director.

Other accompanist at times are Rhonda Felland, Betty Smith and Sarah Howes.

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