Pastor Jim Kruse, Transition Pastor
Pastor Jim grew up in Colorado and Hawaii, and graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary—Seminex, and was ordained in 1981. Pastor Jim served congregations in Indianapolis and Milwaukee before moving to the Grünewald Guild, in Plain, Washington in 1995, to serve as Director of Community Life. Since 1997 Pastor Jim served two regular calls, Christ Lutheran in Edmonds, and Cross of Christ Lutheran in Bellevue, with the Northwest Washington Synod before moving to retirement status in 2012. Since then he has served numerous transition ministries at the invitation of the Synod office.
Pastor Jim is married to Arlys, who works as the Facilities Manager for the Kaiser Permanente Clinic in downtown Bellevue. Their house in Redmond is also the home of two Golden Retrievers, Eli, a 5-year old therapy dog with the Reading With Rover remedial reading program, and Tremor, a ten-week old puppy who is still getting his act together but has a very promising future.
You can contact Pastor Kruse by email at JamesKruse814@gmail.com, or by calling 206-919-9520.
Shari Lundberg, Parish Administrator
If you call or drop-by the church on a weekday, Shari is likely the first voice that you will hear. She attends to a wide range of tasks that support and maintain the ministries of the congregation. She is also responsible for the layout and production of our weekly worship folders, and the publishing of our monthly newsletter, “The Focus”.
Scott Hafso, Director of Worship & Music
Whether it be choosing hymns for Sunday worship, directing the Chancel Choir, playing the piano, or lending his voice to Lenten Worship, if it involves music, you can bet that Scott will be there. We are blessed by his musical gifts and talents that enhance our weekly services.
Dr. Jiyoung Lee, Parish Organist
We are blessed to have Jiyoung play our organ every Sunday, sharing her musical abilities with the congregation.
Kate Gagnon, Lay Visitation Minister
After retiring after many years as a licensed clinical social worker, Kate has been active in her church community, including serving on church council, teaching Sunday School, and chairing the Social Concerns committee She feels honored to be the Lay Visitation Minister for Our Savior Lutheran Church. She loves people and enjoys meeting them wherever they are. She considers it “Holy Listening” when she can sit with the elderly and infirm and just be with them as a sister in Christ and a partner on the path of faith.