About Saint Peter Lutheran Church

 

Our Mission

Saint Peter Lutheran church revolves around two key convictions: We are welcomed… and we are sent. We are welcomed into God’s love, just as we are. We are sent into God’s world to be a reflection of Christ.
  
Our understanding of being welcomed is grounded in the words that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians who were living in Rome during the middle of the first century: “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ… God proves love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”    [Romans 5:1, 8]
  
We believe that we are welcomed…

  • just as we are – with no need to prove ourselves or earn God’s love (and with no fear of being judged by others)
  • into an experience of God’s life-changing love
  • into a living and growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • into a world-wide community of brothers and sisters in faith
  • into an understanding of ourselves as both sinners and saints
  • into the journey of discovering God, and discerning God’s call
  • into the peace that comes from knowing God in Christ
  • into this particular family of faith we call “Saint Peter Lutheran Church”

  
Our understanding of being sent is grounded in the words of our Lord. In his last meeting with his closest followers, Jesus said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”    [St. Matthew 28:19-20]
  
We believe that we are sent…

  • to be a reflection of the love we have first received from God
  • to live as Christ has shown us how to live (the “cross-shaped” life)
  • to offer ourselves in service to those who are in need
  • to reach out with compassion to those who are in pain
  • to live generously, with what God has entrusted to us
  • to invite others to join us in lives of discipleship
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 Saint Peter was organized as a church in 1981.  Read more about our history here .

Saint Peter was organized as a church in 1981. Read more about our history here.

Saint Peter Full-Time Staff

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David J. Risendal, Pastor

Pastor Dave joined Saint Peter on September 1, 1998. He says, "The best part of my work is when the people of Saint Peter are gathered together for worship. I love preaching, leading the liturgy, and presiding at Communion and Baptisms. A close second is when I have the chance to work face-to-face with someone who is growing in their faith. Whether they are grappling with a faith struggle, or exploring how to live out their faith in daily life, it is a privilege to be invited into their journey, and play a role in guiding them through the experience."

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Lynn Sherpe, Administrator

Lynn's family has attended Saint Peter since December 1993, and she joined the staff in March 2003. Lynn has many administrative and management duties at the church, but Lynn most enjoys working and volunteering side-by-side "with the faithful and gifted group of people at the church." Lynn is a trained Stephen Minister and is one of the ministry's leaders at Saint Peter.

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Steve Howie, Minister of Music

As the Minister of Music at Saint Peter, Steve directs the Jubilate Choir, Alleluia Ringers, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Worship Band, coordinates other music ensembles and solos, as well as designs and plans worship/music for services. Additionally, he is a gifted computer programmer and often contributes to technical projects at the church.