Rev. Eric Karl Lesher
(651) 439-3450, ext. 12
Rev. Lesher is a native of Iowa. He is a 1979 graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. A 1983 graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. A 1987 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He has been married to his wife Julene (Jepsen) for 33 years. She is a native of Bowbells, North Dakota and a graduate of Minot State University with a degree in nursing. They have two adult sons named Steven and Joshua.
Rev. Lesher’s hobbies include gym workouts, walking, hiking, sports, and spending time with his wife and family. His passions are helping congregations grow in their mission and helping people grow in their faith. His skills include preaching, teaching, administration and relational ministry.
Rev. Lesher has recently moved into the St. Paul Synod as he follows his wife who has accepted a new job opportunity in the area.
Interim Director of Worship and Music
(651) 439-3450, ext. 11
Mr. Baumgartner has been living in Hudson, Wisconsin for the past thirty years and has taught Vocal and Classroom music at all levels, K through 12, in the Hudson and Somerset School Districts. Daniel completed his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he received degrees in Music Theory/Composition, and Music Education. He was a member of the St. Olaf Choir, and sang on tours to Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was lucky enough to be part of St. Olaf’s initial tour to China, Taiwan, and Japan. Daniel completed his Masters degree in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds Level III certification as a master teacher in both Orff and Kodály instruction, and just recently retired after thirty years of teaching music in the Hudson School District.
Mr. Baumgartner has used his skills in many capacities as a worship director, including thirteen years as Music Director at Faith Community Church in Hudson, and five years as Artistic Director of the St. Croix Sacred Ensemble in Bayport, Minnesota.
Playing live music has been a part of Daniel’s life ever since forming his first band in Junior High School. He has experience within many genres; performing classic rock, blues, jazz, reggae, and broadway music.
490 N. Fourth Street | Bayport, MN | 55003
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Rev. Eric K. Lesher, M. Div., Interim Pastor
Daniel Baumgartner, Interim Director of Worship and Music
Ali Staloch (Ali), Director of Children, Youth, and Family
Jenny Schoolman, Director of Confirmation Programming
Lori Gergen, Office Administrator, Wedding Coordinator
Karl Braun, Custodian