Meet New Members!

Let's warmly welcome our new members to the family! Below, meet the 22+ people who decided to make North Heights their permanent home. 

Samantha Schildwachter, Fred Cornelius, and Katie Friese

Samantha Schildwachter: I am Samantha. I'm 35 years old, and I have autism and mild hypotonic cerebral palsy! I love working with kids of all ages and abilities! I also enjoy spending time with family and love being outdoors.

Fred Cornelius: I started coming here back in 1980. I contacted love lines in the newspaper for a singles group, and they gave me North Heights.

Katie Friese: The main thing that drew me to North Heights was the people. Everyone I met said hi to me and welcomed me. I have a variety of interests including sewing, baking, hiking, going on great adventures, and having deep conversations. If you want to make a new friend, come say hi!

Charmaine Wahlstrom Shodde, Dana Broberg, Aneisha DeNio, and Sondra Severson 

Charmaine Wahlstrom Shodde: I'm returning to North Heights to get back my spiritual roots. From 1980 to 2000, my family and I were involved in North Heights. I live with my husband on a hobby farm in Corcoran, MN and spend winters in Florence, AZ. I'm glad to be back!

Dana Broberg: I love to pray and study.

Aneisha DeNio: Our family joined North Heights to find God and a community that values the word of God and family.

Sondra Severson: Description coming soon! 

Meseret Danno (& Asfaw Silga), Lori Jansen, Lorenzo Gamez, and Michael Zachary

Meseret Danno & Asfaw Silga: We like to read the Bible, tell people what we have learned, and like to encourage people with the word of God.

Lori Jansen: I have three daughters and nine grandkids and have been divorced two times. I love to quilt and crochet. I currently work at a childcare center in the infant room as an assistant teacher.

Lorenzo Gamez: I'm in MNTC in recovery and have turned my life to Jesus. I walk Jesus. I talk Jesus. I breathe Jesus. I hear Jesus. I smell Jesus. I think Jesus. I know Jesus. If Jesus isn't in my life, life ain't worth living!

Michael Zachary: Hello, I'm Michael, I'm looking forward to living my life through Christ. I'm excited to see what God has planned for me and my family.

Emily Downey, Diane (& William) Oman, Kaarl (& Anne) Nasvik, and Elly (& Emmanuel)

Emily Downey: Hello, my name is Emily. I'm still learning how to walk in Christ’s ways, but I do read the good Word. I'm excited to learn and dive into more on our Lord Jesus within North Heights. 

Diane & William Oman: We first attended North Heights in the '70s for about a year. We moved to Grand Rapids Minnesota, where we raised our family. In 2021, we moved back to be near our family who now live in the area. During our time up north, we visited North Heights for special events such as the Holy Spirit conference. Now we are here again, wanting to connect with the people and mission of North Heights.

Elly & Emmanuel: We are blessed with two beautiful daughters; we thank God that we have found a good place for worship. Elly's hobbies include site seeing and travelling, watching movies, decors, listening to audible, walking, and cooking. Emmanuel's hobbies include walking, watching sports (especially football, American soccer), basketball etc, site seeing, and traveling to new places.

Richard Smith, Jackie & Mark Favre, Tonya Bellamy, and Jesse Fultz

Richard Smith: I spent my career as an electrical engineer. Since retiring, I have enjoyed traveling with my wife to various countries. I look forward to getting involved in working with North Heights Lutheran Church to spread the gospel.

Jackie Favre: We started attending North Heights in the late 1990s and have been married for 30 years. I have been fortunate to be a stay at home mom and work for my husband's business. We have three adult children who love the Lord. We are excited to take the step to be members at North Heights and look forward to the journey ahead.

Mark Favre: I was born again in 1978 and was married to my wife Jackie 30 years ago. We started attending North Heights Arden Hills in the late '90s. I love racquetball, golf and flying. We live in New Brighton and I'm self-employed with a financial service company. We have three kids, Ryan 27, Lauren, 24, and Ethan 19. I am very blessed to have North Heights as my church and look forward to our future and in what God has for me.

Posted by Hannah Varberg

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