A note from Pastor Jane

Dear Friends in Christ, 

I cannot express how grateful I am and how welcome you all have made me feel as your pastor at Faith. Now, I know I’ve really only met a small part of the congregation, so I thought I would take the time in my first newsletter article to tell you a bit about myself. 

I was born and raised in Oconto, WI. I graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a major in English and a minor in Speech Communication and trained to be a high school educator. I am also trained as a Medical Assistant. 

My family and I have lived in Minnesota for the last 16 years. 

You may see my husband Myron at worship on Sunday mornings. Myron is a third year Master of Divinity student at Wartburg Seminary, and he is hoping to go back to leading his own congregation soon. We have been married for over 23 years. He is absolutely my better half. 

We have three children: Quinn, Kacy and Josiah. Quinn lives just west of the Twin Cities, Kacy lives with us in Madison, and Josiah is in Brookings, SD finishing up his education at South Dakota State University. Ask me about my kids. I love to brag about them. They are the greatest blessings in my life. 

I come to ministry with life experience. And I count those life experiences as a blessing. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am, who God needs me to be. I believe that God has led me here to continue this faith journey with you. I often tell people that I preach from the pews. I am no different than any of you. I’ve had struggles, I know love in my life, experienced deep heartache, and incredible joy. I wear my heart on my sleeve because I don’t know any other way to exist. 

We are all made in God’s image. I truly believe that we will never encounter another person that God does not love. Social justice is important to me in many ways. I am passionate about loving our neighbors – no matter who they are. 

I am truly committed to walking alongside you all. My favorite Bible verse is Colossians 2:6 7 and it talks about the fullness of a life lived in Christ.“ As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” We can do this together. We have the roots, we can lean on each other, together we will learn and grow, and this will lead to joy and thanksgiving.

Blessings!

Pr. Jane

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