ROGER SHERMAN – PRESIDENT
I have been at Our Saviour’s for 23 years.
Elisa and I are proud alumni of CSU and we truly love living in Fort Collins. Elisa is a writer and she teaches novel writing workshops. I am a Landscape Architect and a co-owner of BHA Design here in Fort Collins. We have three children who grew up at OSLC. Our oldest child William (Will) is 25 years old, lives in Denver, and works for an advertising agency. Anna is 23 years old. She lives in Aurora and works as a Collections Investigator in the 8th Judicial Court in Castle Rock. Lily is 16 years old, a junior at Fossil Ridge High School, and we see her every once in a while.
Some of my hobbies include hiking, singing, skiing, drawing and painting.
What I like about OSCL first and foremost…The people! We have made so many good friends through the church. Second, is the impact that OSLC has made on the community outside our walls.
I’ve never served on Council, and never wanted to. But I’ve always enjoyed getting to know the people I’ve worked with on committees. Through those experiences, I’ve felt more connected to the church and to the community. And so, I look forward to working on Council, and getting to know the pastors, staff, committee members, and members of the church better.
TINA STEGALL – VICE PRESIDENT
I have been at OSLC for 3 years.
I live with my wonderful partner Donna Lopez and my mother-in law and our wonderful Aussie Shepard Sam. I have an older sister who works for Thompson Valley Schools and my parents live in Loveland and are snow birds in Arizona half of the year.
I like to travel, read, work on church projects and spend time with family.
I love that Our Saviour’s accepted Donna and I as a couple. We are able to be involved as much or as little as we wish. We love that we are loving and accepting of all, no matter the factor.
I wanted to serve on church council because I wanted to be a voice for those who feel as though they never get an opportunity to share their voice or opinion.
JOHN BLEEM – TREASURER
We have been members for about 5 years.
My family consists of my wife (Anita) and two grown children – Alissa (28) lives in Seattle and Eric (25) has an apartment here. We’ve been here nearly 40 years, though our families are in the mid-west and east. Anita and I work part time now (PSD, CSU and consulting).
Soccer (coaching and following EPL), hiking, skiing, biking, building at Habitat, gardening and local breweries 🙂
Our Saviour’s is a welcoming environment (open to all), friendly people, community outreach activities and engagement of women in liturgy and church leadership.
Serving on council will allow me to meet new people, build relationships and invest some of my new-found volunteer time to help the church meet its mission.
My family has been going to OSLC for 6 years. I was confirmed in 2017. My family is active in the church. We like to come to events and help out wherever we can. My mom is a speech therapist and is in charge of organizing dinners for Lutheran campus ministry. My dad is a civil engineer and is in the choir. I enjoy being outside. I like to kayak, ski and run. In the summer, I work as a lifeguard. During the school year I was on student council at my school and I did sports. I also do cross country and track. The best parts of OSLC are the welcoming community and how active the church is.
As a youth representative I want to give back to the community that has done so much for me. I have enjoyed being in the high school youth group and all the events. I want to strengthen the connection between the different generations in our church and help improve the youth programs in our church. I hope I will bring a new perspective to the council.
I have been at OSLC for 12 years, though there was a 4 year absence while we temporarily relocated to South Carolina. My wife Annie and I are both engineers, working at Woodward. We met at work in Michigan in 1997 and were married in 2000. We moved Missouri in 2001 and then to Colorado in 2004. Our oldest daughter, Alyssa is 11 years old and is a 6th grader at Preston Middle School. Our twins, Ryan and Katelyn, are 8 years old and in the 3rd grade at Bacon Elementary. We generally like to spend time in the mountains, hiking and camping, though at this point in our lives we tend to spend a lot of our free time at our kids’ sporting events!
I guess what I like about OSLC is that it embodies the parts of the ELCA that I like the most: We are all welcome. We are all part of a greater family and community. Since joining OSLC, we have received a lot – received communion, received blessings, received sermons, even my children received baptism here. Since our kids were born though, we really haven’t had a lot of time to give back to the church. Now that our kids are getting a little older, I feel like we’re having a lot of fun as a family rather than being in a perpetual “survival mode” and we’re now able to give back to our church and our community.
My wife and I began attending OSLC in October 2017. We met at Valparaiso University, where we married in 2017 following graduation. Samantha is originally from Michigan, while I claim Nebraska and Indiana as home states. We moved to Fort Collins in August 2017, and fell in love with this town and Colorado in general. I earned my master’s degree in atmospheric science in May 2019 and work as a meteorologist and software engineer for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder. Samantha is a case manager for Summitstone Health, where she works on a community-based team providing mental health services to Larimer County residents.
When I’m not coding, I’m probably looking at the clouds either from the summit of a mountain after a long hike or from the eastern plains on a storm chase. We’ve grown to enjoy the outdoor culture of Colorado and are always looking to get out into nature when we can. Rooting for the Chicago Cubs and Nebraska Huskers is a spiritual practice in pray, faith, and long-term belief.
I appreciated the welcome we received when we began visiting OSLC by current members. It made us want to keep coming back. We enjoy the outgoing nature of the congregation and the social justice-focused ministries of the church.
As a relatively new OSLC member, I look forward to providing leadership and service to the congregation through my work on the council. I hope to continue to support all of OSLC’s ministries and keep our community open and welcoming to all, especially for the younger generational groups.
I have been around OSLC for 8 years. I am single with no children. It is my privilege to spoil my nieces and nephews and my neighbor’s children. My hobbies include: Reading, Cooking, Travel and meeting new people. OSLC has a very strong sense of family and ALL are welcome. The Pastors’ wonderful sense of humor create a very accepting atmosphere. The music is very inspiring and allows a non-singer like me to boldly praise the Lord.
I have a long background in Sales and Marketing and have used these skills to work with other church councils to raise money for new additions and to organize and expand ministry. I have also been a volunteer on the Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity Board and helped to pull together a 10 year plan. I was responsible for Faith Relations and my team made presentations to Fort Collins churches and organizations to encourage them to sponsor a home. I have also mentored an at risk youth through Lutheran Family Services. I look forward to using my gifts to help achieve Our Saviour’s goals. I am invested in Our Saviour’s and would love the opportunity to be part of the team that helps her expand and grow both in people and in faith.
Larry is originally from Idaho and graduated from the University of Oregon. He has been a member of OSLC for 12 years where he has been a member of the Welcome Ministry, led adult forums, been active in the men’s breakfast and FFH. He received an MDiv from Lexington Theological Seminary and Doctorate of Education from UNC. He worked at CSU for 25 years as Extension Director, State Specialist in Community Development and Project Director for Rural Revitalization. In retirement, Larry has been active in Overland Sertoma Service Club, the Larimer County Fair Board, Affordable Housing and Restorative Justice for Youth. He is married to Debra and they have four married sons and two grandsons.
I have been a member of Our Saviour’s for 23 years. I live with my parents John and Vicki Eisele and my younger sister Addy. My older sister Cathy is a high school teacher in Minnesota.
When I’m not working on homework for my theological studies, I enjoy fiction writing and paper crafts especially decorative planning.
I am excited to serve my second year on council as secretary and helping with the vitality task force looking at what the congregation hopes for the future of OSLC.
I have been married to Kent Weitendorf for 35 years. We have a son, Jake,
who is 25 years old. I am retired from a 40 year nursing career. I love activities in the outdoors especially hiking in the mountains. Kent and I have traveled extensively and continue to enjoy exploring the world. For the past 6 years, I have volunteered in a number of roles with Homeward Alliance (Homeless Gear). Currently, I act as a support coach at the Murphy Center.
I love the warm, welcoming church community. The congregation is alive and vibrant. The church philosophy and mission statement of “welcoming all” and inclusivity was important to me when I became a member. I like the fact that OSLC is socially conscious and supports causes in and outside of our community.
I want to feel involved and connected by serving the church in some capacity. I would bring energy and enthusiasm to the counsel. I have a calm, common sense approach to issues. I have served on a number of committees and have experience in policy formation and problem solving.
We have been members of Our Saviour’s for 6 years.
My amazing husband, Bill, and I have been married for 9 years. We met at UNC in Greeley in 2004 and moved to Fort Collins in 2012. We have 2 beautiful daughters, Anya (6) and Corinne (2). Our favorite family activity is taking a picnic to the mountains to follow a good hike.
My favorite things to do are sewing and fishing. I love the feeling of accomplishment and pride after creating something new. However, my heart is most at peace when fishing, especially the Poudre.
OSLC is such a strong and welcoming community!
I was so honored to be nominated to serve our church family! OSLC is a thriving community that works very hard to serve Christ by serving others. I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of leading the church in this mission.
My wife Sharon and I have been members for about 6 years.
We have been married for nearly 15 years and we have a 2 year old daughter Lillian. Sharon was born and raised in Fort Collins. I was born in Chicago, but mostly grew up in rural northeast Nebraska. My dad is a Lutheran pastor and so I grew up in the Lutheran church. I worked as a youth minister for 9 years before going back to school for Animal Sciences. I’ve received my Master’s degree in Assisted Reproductive Technologies and I’m currently working on my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.
When I’m not studying, at school, or spending time with family I enjoy photography, woodworking, and quilting. I also enjoy geocaching with my dad and brother when we can. And garden tractor pulling with my father-in-law and brother-in-law when time allows.
The thing that I like most about OSLC is the range of generations that are represented in the congregation and the way that those generations interact. We are blessed to have these generations come together for worship, service, and learning. And it great to see the relationships that develop out of these interactions.
Serving on council is a way for me to give to the church through gifts of leadership. I want to be a part of shaping and shepherding this community with other leaders in the congregation.