I was called and installed as Lead Pastor in February of 2017. Returning to the Twin Cities after 20 years in Red Lodge, Montana has been a great homecoming. I used to own and operate a restaurant known for its innovative hospitality so now it’s exciting to be feeding people in altogether new ways with this remarkable faith community. I can roll my tongue and play cribbage poorly. My wife Anne is a funeral director and loves to laugh at all my jokes. Our daughter Della is studying theater at the U of MN in Duluth (if she’s not on her phone). Our son Bjorn, a student at Luther College in Decorah, IA, is probably singing somewhere right now.
Pastor for Faith Formation
Pastor Betsy began her ministry with Prince of Peace on October 1, 2018. She is a Twin Cities native and after an earlier career as staff attorney and assistant director for the Metropolitan Airport Commission, Betsy studied for her Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary (she was a classmate of Pastor Peter’s). Prior to joining us at PoP, she served as the Pastor of Living Waters Lutheran Church in Lino Lakes, MN. Betsy’s first call was as Associate Pastor for Faith Formation at Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
Pastor for Visitation & Congregational Care
I am excited to be serving you as your Pastor for Visitation and Congregational Care! A little bit about me: I am a Roseville native and still live in Roseville in a three generation household (plus four pets!). Most recently I served for 12 years at St Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Paul, as their associate pastor, and before that was a chaplain resident at Fairview University Medical Center. You will see me around on most Sunday mornings for conversations with all ages, so please introduce yourself!
Program & Support Staff
Life has led me to Prince of Peace to serve the youth! My background includes an undergrad in Physical Education, seven summers as a camp counselor, two years as an Aquatics Director, and a lifetime of love for Jesus Christ! I’m currently studying for a Masters of Divinity at Luther Seminary to become an ordained pastor. In the little bit of free time that I have, I enjoy reading, camping, riding rollercoasters, and catching films at the theater! I would love to learn more about you; don’t hesitate to introduce yourself or strike up conversation!
Before coming to Prince of Peace, I served as a director of high school and young adult ministry for 12 years. I studied social work at Concordia College and obtained my MA in Children, Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary. I also have the privilege of serving on the Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp board of directors and have a passion for outdoor ministry. My husband Brice and I met while serving as camp counselors at Camp Wapo. We have two busy boys, Simon (7) and Silas (4). Brice is a pastor at Shepherd of the Hills in Shoreview. I enjoy playing outside with my boys, baking, cooking, watching reality TV, traveling to the family cabin near Hayward, WI, and spending time with my girlfriends.
Steve currently holds two significant titles here at Prince of Peace: “Longest-Serving Staff Member” and “Staff Member Most Likely To See The Sun Rise While Working.”
Music Coordinator & Lightshine Director
I have my BA in Music Education from St. Olaf College and further study at Luther Seminary. I love working with youth and taking canoes into the BWCA. I also work at Haas Instrument Repair as a brass technician and love to play my trumpet and euphonium whenever I can. I’ve written hymns, choral arrangements and a few band pieces. I use a variety of musical and liturgical styles to craft meaningful worship experiences, everything from traditional settings to band-led, with “big band” services being a regular favorite. I try to make use of all the talent here at Prince of Peace and from those I know in the community. Maybe you would like to play or sing with us sometime?
Organist & Accompanist
A skilled partner with vocalists and instrumentalists alike, we are pleased to welcome Abe Hunter to our worship & music ministry team. He has performed in recital throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in opera festivals in Austria and Italy. Abe has produced several operas including Madama Butterfly and Le nozze di Figaro, providing a springboard for gifted artists. As founder of the Lied Society, he is devoted to advancing art song into a leading role for the preeminent voices of tomorrow. Abe lives in Northeast Minneapolis with his 2 year old Pomimo, Storm.
Chancel Choir & Bells of Peace Director
I direct the Chancel Choir (adult mixed voices) and Bells of Peace (adult five-octave handbell ensemble) at Prince of peace. I just completed my fourteenth year on staff and also my 35th year in Lutheran church music ministry. Due to the pandemic our choirs did not get to participate in worship in April and May and I miss the members very much. I look forward to when we are once again safe to worship and sing and ring together and we can welcome new as well as “seasoned” members!
Sunday School Choir Director
I live in White Bear Lake with my husband, Ryan, and two kids, Lyla and Kieran. We love watching movies, walking our dog, Cooper, and playing games together (board games, card games, yard games, ANY games). I am a Program Director at New Directions Inc. and value the relationships I have formed at this company over the past years. I have enjoyed singing at Prince of Peace since I was a child and now have been the Sunday School Choir director for more than 10 years. It has been an interesting challenge coming together online to make music. I look forward to when we can sing together again!