Meet the staff.
Pastor Paul has been serving Peace Lutheran since 1993. Prior to his call to Sioux Falls he served St. Paul Lutheran Church in Calhan, Colorado, from 1985 till 1992. He interned at Lord of Life Lutheran Fellowship in Fairfax, Virginia, from 1983 to 1984. In 1985 he graduated from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, with a Master of Divinity degree. He did his undergraduate work at St.Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, receiving his B. A. In 1981. Pastor Paul and his wife, Julie, were married in 1981 and have four children. He has served on the Advisory Board for Lutheran Social Services/Consumer Credit Counseling for ELCA churches, and has been past President of the Sioux Falls Ministerial Association. He is currently Chairman of the Sioux Falls Area Strategy Task Force of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA.
Pastor Renae Boehmer has been part of the pastoral team at Peace since July 2015. She previously served the congregation as Director of Children’s Ministries for five years. She graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary, with an affiliation from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, in 2017 and was called to Peace as an Associate Pastor at that time. She is also a proud graduate of Augustana University.
In addition to preaching and teaching, Renae loves to help new members get acclimated to Peace Lutheran, visit and provide pastoral care, and get involved in the community. She serves on the board for Sad Isn’t Bad and has many years of experience working with children and families.
Renae is originally from Cedar Falls, IA. She and her husband, Curt, have three (grown and nearly grown) children and have called Sioux Falls home for 25 years.
Since graduating in 2008 from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Pastor Chris Matson has served as an Associate Pastor.
You’ll find her teaching & learning, preaching & singing, listening & visiting. In her Doctor of Ministry studies, she is researching wholeness and longevity in ELCA clergy.
When she isn’t researching new places to travel, you can find her trying recipes, snapping pics, and just plain enjoying life with her husband Aaron.
Pastor Jonathan Vehar came to serve as pastor of Peace since the Fall 2016. He is actively involved in the community working with Peace’s outreach ministries, youth ministries, and adult education.
He has a passion for inclusion of all God’s people in the life of the church and an unusual love for all things Robert’s Rules of Order. These interests have allowed him to be active in the greater South Dakota Synod as chair of the Mission Partners committee of Evangelical Outreach, Synod Assembly parliamentarian, and president of the Prairie Rivers Pastor’s Conference. In the ELCA, he serves on the planning team for the Definitely-abled Youth Leadership Event, associated with the ELCA Youth Gathering and helped to draft the ECLA Message on Disability.
Pastor Jonathan hails from the much warmer city of Albuquerque, NM. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico with a focus in Religious Studies, History, and Philosophy. He received his Master’s of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, graduating in 2009.
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Peace Lutheran follows a governance-based leadership model. We give thanks for a Church Council that helps to set policy and guide visioning for the future that inspires our whole congregation to be involved in the work of God at our church.
Matt Dreke, president
Cassie Gusso, past-president
Paul Hanson, treasurer
Joe Bunkers, at-large
Alison Lounsbery, at-large
Jon Kennedy, at-large
Shireen Ranschau, at-large
Dillon DeBoer, at-large
Linda Johnson, at large
Morgan Siemers, youth member
Pastor Paul Stjernholm
Pastor Renae Boehmer, secretary
Pastor Jonathan Vehar
Pastor Chris Matson