Prince of Peace Congregation Council
Asitha, his wife, Natasha and three daughters, Ashwini (14), Teruni (13) and Esmie (9) have enjoyed being part of the Prince of Peace family, since 2005. They like to be considered an active family at church, whenever they are not traveling, running to hockey or to soccer. Asitha, most enjoys roles outside of council like, teaching Sunday’s school, men’s bible study groups, yet, for some inexplicable reason, is drawn to roles on council (which he also enjoys).
Elected to her first term as Congregation Council Vice-President in January, 2019, Kim was introduced to Prince of Peace through EFCE classes with her youngest daughter, Taryn. She and her family attended the Spooky Music event in 2016 and began attending Sunday services after her husband, Eric, insisted because he liked the organ. Her two older children, Dylen and Teagan, immediately felt welcomed into the faith community through youth events. This is a church where every member of the family felt connected and comfortable. Frequently on Sunday mornings, Kim hears her children saying, “Come on Mom. We’re going to be late for church!” and “Church is fun!”
Re-elected to this position in January, 2019 for her third term, Judy was is also a past Co-Chairperson of the Social Concerns Committee. A retired teacher, Judy volunteers regularly in our office and is active in the Coordinating Committee of the Angel Fund, Prince of Peace’s partnership with area churches to support gap funding for clients and families served by Keystone Community Services.
Chris has been a life-long member of Prince of Peace. He and his wife Lea participate regularly on Sunday mornings with their two children, Ellie and Henry, and their grandma Serene (the three of which generally cause a disturbance in the back pew). Chris’ favorite Prince of Peace activity is the annual Holy Hammers Habitat build which he never misses.
Congregational Life Area Representatives to the Council
Barb was elected to serve for her first term on the Congregation Council in January, 2019. She and her husband Todd have two sons. Barb has been a long-time member of the Children’s Ministry team and loves volunteering with our Faith Formation activities.
Elected to her first term on the Council in January, 2019, Andrea appreciates the value that Prince of Peace places on relationships within the congregation, in our community, in the world, and with God. She feels blessed by a complex faith journey, and bumpy real-life experiences that allow her to connect meaningfully with others. Andrea is grateful for the gift of faith the size of a mustard seed and adores her two teens, T.J. and Lily, who regularly attend the PoP Rocks! Youth Group.
Lauren was nominated by her peers and re-elected to the Congregation Council in January, 2019. She represents the Youth and Young Adults of the congregation and also serves on the Youth Ministry Committee. She has been an active participant in the full spectrum of youth activities and including traveling with our group to the 2018 National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas.
Matt was re-elected to the Congregation Council in January, 2019 for his second term. As Councilperson for Property, Matt coordinates activities between a variety of ministry groups that care for our campus: The Property Committee, The Monday Morning Crew, the Lawn Dawgs and the Capital Improvement & Implementation Committee (CIIC).
Service & Advocacy
As Councilperson for Service & Advocacy, Jim stays connected with two key ministry areas: Our Social Concerns Committee and our efforts in support of Global Missions. Jim and his wife Caryn are co-leading the latest visit to our ministry partners in Bomalang’ombe, Tanzania in the summer of 2019. Jim was re-elected to a 2-year council term in January, 2018.
Anna was re-elected as the Councilperson for Worship in January, 2018. She also currently serves as the Worship Committee Chairperson and likes to show up for Theology on Tap (1st Thursday of every month). Contact Anna if you’re interested in helping with communion preparation, sanctuary design and decoration. Anna and her husband Ryan have two boys, Ben and Elliot, both of whom offer the best children’s sermon critiques.
Re-elected to the Congregation Council in January, 2019, as Councilperson for Community Life Esther stays connected with several key ministries within the community: Fellowship, Cookie Ministry, Senior Ministry, OKs, and the Health & Wellness Task Force. She also serves on the board of the St. Paul Synod Women’s Organization.
Pastor Peter sits on the Congregation Council and is an ad-hoc member of all the official committees.
Pastor Betsy sits on the Congregation Council.