OUR PASTORS

Tim Smith

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about connecting people in significant relationships where faith plays an integral role as the “glue” that keeps together despite our differences.   In the midst of an increasing polarized society and media context, it’s imperative that the church remain a place where real, respectful dialog can not only occur, but be expected.

Tell of a time when you felt Christ at work in your life?

 I experienced what felt like a significant wave of depression some years ago during a time of transition, and Christ surrounded me with individuals who truly cared  and helped carry me through it, while learning a lot about brokenness in the process.

What is a favorite memory from life within a church community?

A recent mission trip to Moore, Oklahoma, provided a context & opportunity to really wrestle with some of the significant cultural differences within Christianity, and I found it to be an excellent experience in which to discuss & appreciate the distinctiveness of our own tradition, while learning from others’ witness as well.

 

Katie Lowe Lancaster

Pastor Katie Lowe Lancaster serves as Pastor of Discipleship Ministries.  Pastor Katie oversees a number of mission areas,  including Small Group Ministries support, Christian Education, and Servant ministries within and beyond the community. She brings a boundless and evident passion for Christ, and a wealth of experience both as a pastor and a layperson working with youth, mission experiences, and small groups.   

Pastor Katie is a Marion native, veteran of more than 30 years of marriage, mother of six children, and graduate of St. Olaf College and Bethel and Wartburg Theological Seminaries.  Prior to her ordination, she served as Director of Children’s Ministry at both St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, both in Marion.  Most recently, she served five years as both the Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Anamosa.

 


VISIONING COUNCIL

Mike Anderson, President

Eric Weiler

Tell us something interesting or unique about you?

I lost both of my parents to cancer and that was the genesis for me getting heavily involved in organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  In 2015 I was named Man of the Year for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Eastern Iowa and raised a record $140,000 over the 10 week campaign that is used for research, advocacy and education. 

What are you passionate about?

Anything that I decide to be involved in, I am passionate about it.  That is just the way I am wired.  I’m immensely passionate about my career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and taking the best care of my patients.  I am also passionate about my family, friends and community and strive everyday to build, enhance and reinforce those relationships. 

Tell us about an important faith influence in your life and how they impacted you?

I have been fortunate to have numerous faith influences in my life.  It starts with my parents, most notably my father.  He taught me the importance of faith as well as stewardship and giving of yourself.

Cara Oldham, Secretary

Sheila Frascht

Tell us something interesting or unique about you?

I have visited all 50 states – 48 of them before I graduated from high school, with the last two coming after college. I have also travelled internationally, as I studied abroad in Wales while in college. I was very lucky to be able to travel to several different European countries and attended Easter mass at the Vatican that year.

Tell us about an important faith influence in your life and how they impacted you?

My parents have been key in the development of my faith. Growing up, we were always very active in our church and had frequent conversations at home. One of our annual Christmas traditions growing up was to sit each night around an advent wreath at home and do a devotion with singing of Christmas carols immediately following. Talking about our faith was a normal part of our daily lives and is something that I hope to instill in my kids.

What is a favorite memory from life within a church community?

One of my favorite memories was attending mission trips. While in junior high, we went to Atlanta and did several different projects on my first trip, with a trip to St. Louis another year. While in college, I went to Reynosa, Mexico for a mission trip during one of our breaks. While all 3 trips were heartbreaking at times, it was also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Gretchen Warkentin, Vice President

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Tell of a time when you felt Christ at work in your life.

In 1986, my 2 yr old niece Julia fell, bottom first, into a bucket of scalding hot water. Unfortunately, she died the next day due to complications from the burns she sustained. It was such a sad, tragic time. My faith and trust in Christ strengthened during this time. I just could not imagine how I would have approached this without Christ in my life.

Tell us about an important faith influence in your life and how they impacted you? 

My parents have been the biggest influence. They instilled the importance of having Christ in our lives, knowing that there may be times that He gets pushed away, but that He will always be there for us.

What is your favorite Scripture verse and why?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8. I love the simplicity of the verse. If all of us lived by these simple words, the world would have less hate and sadness. 

Steve Roe

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Tell us something unique or special about you.

In my 31-year professional career, I have only worked for two organizations.

I worked for Ameriprise (IDS Financial Services) for the first 12 years of my career. I worked in the corporate office in Minneapolis in various financial analyst roles for 10 years and then in a field office in Atlanta for two years.

The second organization is my current employer, Oaknoll. This year will mark my 20-year anniversary at Oaknoll. I’ve served as Executive Director since 2016. Oaknoll serves approximately 380 older adults through a full continuum (independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care).

What is a favorite memory from life within a church community?

I enjoyed teaching Sunday School for both of our children as they growing up. That started with our oldest child’s first Sunday School class as a 3 year-old in Minneapolis, all the way through teaching our youngest child’s Sunday School class when she was in junior high in Iowa City. It was good to be a part of their faith formation, and helped me to better appreciate the talents, and patience, of our professional teachers!

What is your favorite Scripture verse and why?

Matthew 11: 28 – 30

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

This message was the gospel reading one Sunday about 25 years ago, at a time that I was especially stressed out (work, young family, mortgage payment, etc.). I remember hearing it, and then reading it again and again. A wave of calm washed over me as I realized that Jesus was with me. I was not alone.

Bryce Henson

 Jeff Manthey

Jack Fratzke, Treasurer