Calvary Lutheran Staff
Welcome to Calvary! It is my privilege to be Lead Pastor since 2009. I came from Windom and before that I served in Jackson and LaSalle/Lake Hanska. Graduating from Barnesville High School, Concordia College and Luther Seminary, I was ordained at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in 1981. In 1985 Brenda Olson married me at Trimont Minnesota. We are proud parents of 5 children. Danielle is a mental health provider in Park Rapids at ‘A Better Connection’. Alicia is attending the William Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul. Erik is attending MSUM, Moorhead. Megan is a senior at Nevis High School and will be attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Lealan is attending Nevis Elementary. As a Certified Physician’s Assistant (PA-C), Brenda is working with Dr. Dan Smith providing surgery at Essencia Health, Park Rapids. Every weekend connections are made between the good people who attend Calvary Lutheran Church. Scratch the surface and I bet you will find common ground with mutual friends that will bless your life. All I can say is that I have! Jesus loves you and may the Holy Spirit bless you.
Sara Jensen joined Calvary in 2011. She as a B.A. Dana College (Blair, NE) 1997 and aM.Div Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH) 2002. She is married to Erik, and has two children: Anker (6), Asta (3)
Dana graduated from University of Jamestown in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Christian Ministry. Upon graduation, Dana accepted a call to Calvary as Youth Director, which later turned into Director of Youth and Education in 2009. Dana and his wife Tia have three sons, Zaden and Azden and Asher.
Laura Kujawa 732-7284
Laura started at Calvary in 2007. She holds the positions of Financial Secretary, Education Assistant, Office Manager, and is Treasurer for the Park Rapids Area Ministerial. Laura graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Science and Business. She is married to Beau Kujawa and they have two grown children, Julia and James.
WELCOME NEW STAFF
Julie Warmbold – Office Assistant
Darlene Hemm – Custodian
Meghan Eidsmoe – Treasurer
Mike Sheeran – Custodian
Welcome Julie! Julie is from Wisconsin and has an extensive background in various office settings. She has been a member of Calvary Lutheran Church since 2005, has two teenage daughters and is married to Warren. Always busy with her family, Julie likes to fish, sew, and crochet.
elcome Darlene! Darlene (or Dar as we fondly call her) is a lifelong member of Calvary. As a little girl she helped her father, Ralph Hemm who was also a custodian at Calvary. Dar has helped as an office volunteer—probably for as long as we can all remember! She picks up the mail, brings the staff mints, makes us all laugh, and is the fastest collator ever! She is also the lead volunteer for Saturday night worship and helps wherever, whomever, and whenever she can.
Welcome Tom! Tom was born in Alaska and graduated from Texas. When his dad retired from NASA and moved to northern Minnesota, so did Tom. A member of Calvary since 2011, Tom is the PowerPoint person for Saturday night worship. He also knows everything about cleaning windows and has been a professional window cleaner for nine years throughout the area. Tom was in the Navy for eight years. He has three children and two grandchildren.
Welcome Meghan! Meghan joined Calvary in 2013. She is from Coon Rapids and her husband Parry is from Rouseau. They have a son named Sawyer and are expecting another son soon. Meghan is an accountant for a local business and brings eight years of accounting experience to the treasurer position.
Welcome Back Mike Sheeran! Mike took over for Dennis Christianson at the end of May. Mike served as custodian at Calvary for many years prior to 2007 and knows a lot about Calvary. He and his wife Helen own a local embroidery business and they have two grown children and two grandchildren. Mike volunteers as Calvary’s head usher (he’s always looking for recruits). He has many interests and likes to garden, harvest wild rice, is a great juggler, is always cheerful and always willing to help.
Organists : Roz Pederson, Martha Thompson, Sandra Lichter
Choir Directors: Calvary Singers-Jason Wright, Bells- Chris Luckeroth, Youth-Mary Maxwell