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About Us


Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Tim Renstrom

Pastor Tim grew up in western Minnesota and planned to be a farmer…but God had other plans! After running out of money as a farmer, he was a carpenter and ran construction crews in Juneau, Alaska, where he fell in love with the west and the mountains…and answered God’s Call to become a pastor. From there he went to Portland, Oregon, and St. Louis, Missouri, for his education and answered his first Call to Newport and Toledo, Oregon. He thought he was safely out of the cold winters of Minnesota.

But God had other plans! In 2004, God Called pastor to Appleton, Minnesota, and, in 2015, to Braham from where he currently serves both St. John’s Lutheran Church (Rush City) and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Braham)…and again endures the cold winters of Minnesota! (He does have a snowmobile as a consolation prize for living here!)

Pastor’s lovely bride, Charlotte, makes him tolerable! God has blessed them with 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Meet Our Secretary

Karen Peterson

Karen is the friendly voice you hear when you call the church office. If you have questions about activities, events, appointments, or general information about St John’s, Karen is happy to answer your questions or refer it to the appropriate person in charge of that area of ministry.

Her regular office hours are Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 AM-1:00 PM. To contact her, call the church office at (320) 358-3623 or email by clicking on her name.

Meet Our Organists

Cindy Wendorf and Dick Scheele

Katie Downing

Sue Haley

Sue accompanies the congregation on the keyboard.

Allyssa Mattson

Allyssa comes to us from St. Stephen's of Braham and assists us from time to time with keyboard and vocals.

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