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Hello friends! I need to tell you something. I am not normal. Nope. In no way, shape, or form am I normal… and I love it. I love many things. I love coffee. I love stories. I love Ultimate Frisbee. More than that, I love my family. God has blessed me with an amazing wife, Lauren, and together we have four unique children Lilly, Grady, Edy, and Heidy. Yet even more than them I love Jesus! I love sharing His love and forgiveness in any and every opportunity. I have been blessed to share the love of Jesus as a pastor since 2006 and at Luther Memorial since August of 2015. So that’s me in a nutshell; a not-normal pastor who loves Jesus, his family, coffee, stories, and ultimate. Questions or interested in a cup of coffee? Let me know and I would love to chat. One final thought: a Bible verse that I love from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Do everything in love.”
Since 2003, I have been blessed to call Luther Memorial my faith family. I grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Concordia Chicago. I can truly say that my passion is Christian Ed. in Family Ministry. I love being a part of cultivating family relationships around Christ. This passion stems from my own childhood and being surrounded by many faith filled men and women. Teaching and equipping parents to disciple their children while encouraging the larger church family to disciple one another are my primary responsibilities. My wife Tessa and I have two young children – Priscilla (Cilla) and Levi. Despite living in the upper Midwest, I remain a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan who regularly roots for the Twins. My favorite Scripture passage is Ephesians 3:14-21 “…and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.”
I am truly blessed to be part of the ministry team at Luther Memorial as my second "career." I was a middle and high school math teacher first. My husband Russ and I have four daughters and two sons-in-law with another one on the way (son-in-law that is!) I enjoy studying the Bible, gardening, reading, knitting, sewing and crocheting. I was born and raised in Minnesota and crossed the river only recently. I am still a Vikings fan, but I will cheer for the Packers if it's a game that doesn't impact the Vikings! Just as my job title states, anything having to do with business is my job. "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45
Once upon a time God gave a girl a voice, and she hasn’t stopped using it since. That girl was me. I’m Lauren, and I’m blessed with a love for praising God in song and helping others do the same in a very deliberate way. Working alongside our staff, I plan music for our contemporary services and special services. Outside church, Pastor Scott and I work hard and play hard raising our four kiddos. You can also find me working in the public schools, taking pictures of homes, blogging at laurenjensenwriter.com, or just enjoying time with my friends. I am so blessed to be here, and I want to be a blessing to you, too. If you have any passion for Jesus music and feel led to join our music ministry team here at Luther Memorial, please let me know! One of my very favorite Bible passages is Psalm 73:25-26 "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
I became a member of Luther Memorial Church at the age of 5, which makes me the most veteran LMC member in the staff. However, I am the most recent addition to the office, and so happy to be here serving the congregation and the Lord! I have a background in art & design (UWRF Alumni), and also in administration. My favorite job, however, is being a Mom and Step-Mom to our 3 energetic kids. My husband, Tony, and I are committed to raising our kids to know the love of Christ. If you are interested in getting involved at Luther Memorial, you have an announcement you would like included in the weekly email/online calendar, or you would like to stop by and chat, I am in the office Wednesday-Friday. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9