Meet Our Council
Cathy was born and raised in Hastings where she grew up with her older sister and parents, and is a proud member of the HHS Class of 1992. She and her husband, Jason, met later in life and were married at OSEL in 2010. They enjoy living “the country life” with their two dogs, Chevy and Ruger. Cathy has been a member of OSEL since 2000. Her biggest passion, other than being an avid animal lover, is volunteering. On the first Thursday of the month, you’ll find her in the kitchen preparing the meal for Food with Friends. Cathy also enjoys delivering for Meals on Wheels, planning events at Oak Ridge Manor, being a member of the church council and CYF, has led groups for church school and confirmation, and many other activities at and away from Our Saviour’s.
In her spare time, Cathy enjoys weekends “at the camper,” traveling, spending time with family and friends, and manifesting a Super Bowl win for the Minnesota Vikings. Her newfound hobbies include mastering small home improvement projects, delegating larger ones, and surveying her gardens. Her planting and harvesting skills are the next tasks she hopes to perfect.
Being a fiercely loyal person, faith, family, and friendships are the most important things to Cathy. She is known as the one who will pray for you…and really mean it.
Shelly grew up in Cannon Falls, Minnesota and attended St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church. She has been married to husband, Jim for 32 years and has two adult children. The couple moved to Hastings in 1988. Church school educational programs along with the congregational activities solidified their decision to join. Shelly was a church school teacher and then a confirmation leader while her children were growing up and served two terms on the internship committee. Shelly is starting her second term on the church council and was the council secretary during her first term. She also serves on the President’s Committee.
Shelly has been an attorney for 28 years with a focus on family law and a mediation practice. The work is challenging, yet rewarding. She enjoys spending time with extended family at the lake. The church is not just about religion for Shelly, it is also an avenue to create relationships and socialize with other Christians. Shelly is thankful for the opportunity to serve this congregation and looks forward to serving on council for the next three years.
Rod moved to Hastings, with his wife Nancy, in 1990. Rod and Nancy were looking for a church home and were blessed to find Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Rod and Nancy have three children, Casey, Jesse, and Bradley. All of their children were born in Hastings and were confirmed at Our Saviour’s. Rod retired from a career at the Hastings Police Department in 2016. He currently is working with special education students, as a paraprofessional, with Hastings School District 200. Rod is honored to be a council member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
Jean grew up on a farm in Goodhue, MN, living the small town life, where she enjoyed doing everything outdoors, playing sports and music. She earned her Accounting degree at MN State University- Mankato, started her career in public accounting, and has 30+ years of accounting and finance experience.
Jean married her high school sweetheart Mark, and they live in Welch, MN. Their two boys, Joe and Tony, were raised in Hastings and were confirmed at Our Saviour’s. Prior to joining the Council, Jean taught Sunday school and served on the call committee for several years. Jean is looking forward to learning more about Our Saviour’s as she serves on the Council as its Treasurer.
Tricia is serving her first ever term on OSEL Council. That said, “it’s kind of ironic, I’m also the eldest member of the Council.”
Her family joined OSEL back in 1991 after moving to Hastings in 1985. Tricia was born in Prescott & raised in Wisconsin. Yes, she loves the Packers but has a soft spot for the Vikings since living in this state for most of the last 50 years.
As a member of OSEL, she has been a part of Chancel & Bell choirs, Lay Ministry, Altar Guild, Christmas decorating, Confirmation stoles, Baptism medallions, and various studies. She has also volunteered at Food with Friends, for some church office tasks and now on Church council. Tricia is a 2-time cancer survivor and has three artificial joints which her OSEL family helped her through with prayer and kindness.
Tricia and husband Mel are retired and are busy enjoying family/grandchildren, friends and our beautiful world! They have always loved traveling, often with grandchildren and found National Parks and the 4 corners of the USA amazing. Overseas they have visited their heritage countries of Norway, Sweden and Switzerland and cruised up the Rhine River for their 50th Anniversary.
“Being a member of OSEL has helped my faith deepen and develop into a ‘doing faith’ with gratitude. I thank you for the privilege to serve on OSEL Council.”
Heidi was born and raised in Hastings, but is relatively new to Our Saviour’s, having joined with her family in 2015, after moving back to town. She is married to Trevor, and they have two boys, Bennett and Lennon.
After joining, Heidi discovered that there was a family connection in previous generations to Our Saviour’s on both her father and mother’s sides of the family. And although the families eventually drifted away, joining other churches or denominations, the fact that her family history is connected to this special place makes it feel as though God was at work in returning her and her parents here.
During her time as a member, Heidi has been part of the Chancel Choir, served on various committees, volunteered with her dad to assist with art classes at Homework and Hangout, was a summer guest vocalist, read scripture during service, and is honored to now serve on the Council.
Professionally, Heidi is a product manager for Renaissance Learning, an education-focused technology company whose mission it is to accelerate learning for all. She is personally passionate about history, learning, reading, inclusivity, sharing the good news of God with her children, and connecting the church with our community.
Whenever there’s free time, Heidi loves to spend it with family and friends, relax outdoors, try new foods, read good books, play trivia and board games, sing, dance, fish and fly-fish, watch the Twins, Timberwolves, and Vikings, and embrace the simple joys of life: playing with her sons, walking along the banks of a river, observing the changing of seasons, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, and making travel plans, near and far.
Lori and her husband Greg have lived in Hastings since 1992 and became members of Our Saviour’s the same year. Lori moved to different areas around the country 21 times by the age of 24, “so 29 years in this wonderful community” has been a blessing. She and Greg have three grown children, Bryce, Elaine and Keith. Lori was a YMCA director in Austin, MN for 10 years and after moving to Hastings became a stay-at-home mom until her children were all in school. She taught Science at the Hastings Middle School for 10 years and retired in 2019. She enjoys the addition to their family of a puppy who helps her get out walking.
Mark was raised in Hastings MN and attended Sunday School at OSL. Having a grandfather who was a Lutheran Minister, Mark’s early faith life was shaped by his family and Christian education including many church camp experiences. He attended Augsburg College and became a psychologist after completing studies at the University of Nebraska. He and his wife Julie returned to Hastings four years ago when Mark retired from Hazelden Betty Ford and has since been focusing on environmental stewardship. Mark has especially appreciated OSEL’s music ministry and has enjoyed the fellowship of the Wednesday men’s group. He is excited to serve on the council as OSEL celebrates 150 years of serving the Hastings community.
Ellen has lived in Hastings for almost 30 years and it’s where she met her husband Carl. Together they joined Our Savior’s in 1994 and were married here a year later. Our Saviour’s was a good fit for their varied religious backgrounds and they knew it was where they wanted to grow as a family with the strong faith formation programming offered at Our Saviour’s. All 3 of the couple’s young adult children were baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour’s. Ellen is serving on the council for the 2nd time and has met many amazing people along the way.
Ellen is a Physician’s Assistant in Family Practice for Allina Health. She enjoys traveling, entertaining family and friends, yoga and reading.