The Call Committee is excited to announce their Candidate of Choice, Pastor Susan Swanson!
After several months of prayer and preparation, the Call Committee has voted unanimously to present Pastor Susan as the Candidate of Choice to the Church Council and congregation! As our church moves forward into the final phases of the call process we hope you can join us at these important upcoming events:
- Sunday, November 1st: Joint presentation by Call Committee and Council about selection of Pastor Susan and next steps after worship.
- Sunday, November 8th: “Meet and Greet” potluck with Pastor Susan after worship.
- Sunday, November 15th: Congregational vote to confirm the appointment and compensation package for Pastor Susan. (Absentee voting is not allowed per the OSLC Constitution.)
Here is a short biography of Pastor Susan. She is looking forward to “meeting and greeting” as many congregation members as possible on Sunday, November 8th!
Pastor Susan Swanson Pastor Swanson received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She served as lead Pastor at Luther Memorial Church of Chicago and Shepherd of the Hills in Flagstaff, AZ. Both of these churches had realized significant decline before Pastor Swanson was in place. However, Pastor Swanson had the skills to reverse this trend and
revitalize the congregational growth and energy, with the help of the Holy Spirit! She also served an Interim Ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Homewood, IL.
Before attending seminary, Pastor Susan was a college professor and professional violinist. She was on faculty at Roanoke College in Salem, VA, and William Jewell College in Liberty, MO.
She enjoys her horses, gardening, cooking, and playing the violin. She is married to Pastor Timothy Swanson, a Biblical Scholar. Children include Josh and Hilary, both happily married, each with two children. She has a family cabin near Moose Lake, and has been coming to Minnesota every summer for many years. She is looking forward to being a full‐time Minnesotan!