St Peder’s is governed by a Church Council, consisting of 9 elected members serving up to two consecutive three-year terms. The Church Council President may serve two consecutive two-year terms, and is the tenth member of Council. The Pastor is also a voting member of the Council. This leadership team meets the fourth Wednesday of each month (except July) at 7:00 p.m. and anyone is welcomed to attend or request an item be placed on the agenda. The Council’s role is to work in partnership with the staff and committees as we engage in carrying out our mission as a Christian community of faith. In addition to providing guidance and support for our various ministries, the Council prepares an annual spending plan which is presented to the congregation each November. In January, the Council leads the Congregational Annual Meeting where elections are held, reports are received from staff and committees, the Ottar Jorgensen Service Award is presented, and other business is tended to as needed.

2021 Council

President: Shawna Nelsen-Wills
Vice President: Jeremy Anderson
Secretary: Allison O’Day
Treasurer: Paul Odegaard

Sue Nielsen
Wendy Legge
Bruce Simpson
Karen Vetsch
Andrea Wollak
JeriLynn Young

All confirmed members are invited to consider serving on Church Council and sharing the leadership of St Peder’s! It’s a great way to offer your voice in making decisions, to build new relationships working with others, to share your gifts in creating the vision and living out the mission entrusted to us. We welcome your faithful service, insight and imagination!

Christian Life Committee
Creating a lively, caring community with strong and healthy relationships is the work of this committee. Overseeing the Shepherding Groups, organizing fellowship and outreach activities are all part of Christian Life. Volunteers are always welcome!

Social Outreach Committee
There are many ways to love our neighbor, and this committee guides our congregation in actively extending our commitment of time, talent, and financial resources outside the walls of St Peder’s.

Parents Council
Nurturing faith for youth and families by providing programs such as Sunday school, confirmation, youth trips, book/Bible studies, library, intergenerational events, mentoring, service projects, and mission trips is the work of this committee. If you’d like to be involved, contact Shannon Kearns at faithformation@stpeders.org.

Worship & Music Committee
This committee’s task is to work with the pastor and staff to provide high quality worship and music on Sundays – and in special services throughout the year. See more information under the worship heading.

Committee on Church Property and Energy
This Committee sees to the proper maintenance and protection of all property of the congregation, including the building and grounds of the church and parsonage. The committee also promotes energy efficiency and recycling.

Finance & Investment Committee
This Committee is responsible for the congregation’s investments and periodically reports to the Church Council on the performance of the investments. They also prepare a draft budget for the succeeding year in time for the annual congregational budget meeting, and they exercise oversight of all the financial affairs of the congregation to make sure that they are conducted efficiently and accurately.

Personnel Committee
This committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Church Council, assisting the Council in decisions related to St. Peder’s staff, creating a framework for effectively managing staff, conducting performance reviews, and striving to facilitate fairness and a healthy work environment for pastors, staff, and volunteers.

Riverside Innovation Hub Learning Cohort
A team that is partnered with three area congregations and a facilitator from Augsberg University’s Christensen Center for Vocation to learn and engage in work around becoming a place-based congregation in relationship with our local neighborhood for the common good.

Green Team
A team leading opportunities for education and action around climate change and the environment.

Racial Justice Team
A group dedicated to learning about the role that race plays in our daily lives and beginning the work to dismantle systems of oppression in our own lives and in our community.

Ad Hoc Committees
From time to time, short term “ad hoc” committees are created to accomplish a specific task relating to a special emphasis or event.

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