Meet Our Staff


  • 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, make him tolerable!  God has blessed them with  children and 5 grandchildren.


    You may email Pastor by clicking on his name above.

  • Karen is the friendly voice you hear when you call the church office.  If you have any 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 normal office hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.  To contact her, call the church office at (320) 358-3623 or email by clicking on her name above.

  • Cindy Wendorf, Organist


  • Sue Haley, Keyboard


  • Katie Downing, Organist