Who We Are

Our Staff & Leadership

Pastor Ashley Osborn

Pastor Ashley Osborn

Pastor

Pastor Ashley Osborn began her ministry at Valley of Peace on August 27, 2017. Pastor Ashley is a graduate of Augustana University in Sioux Falls and of Luther Seminary in St Paul. She previously served as Associate Pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Faribault, MN. She and her husband, Jon, live in south Minneapolis with their daughter, Clara and son, TJ.  Her E-mail is aosborn@valleyofpeace.org

Emilie Moravec

Emilie Moravec

Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

Emilie grew up in Bemidji, MN and graduated from Augsburg University in 2007 with a B.S. degree in Social Work and a minor in Youth and Family Ministry. After college, Emilie attended United Theological Seminary in The Twin Cities and completed a Master’s degree in Theology with a concentration in Theology and the Arts. She resides in Brooklyn Park with her husband, Adrian; they have two children: Boden (age 7) and Harlowe (age 4). emoravec@valleyofpeace.org

Sally Daniels Herron

Sally Daniels Herron

Parish and Communications Administrator

Sally and her family first came to Valley of Peace in 1996. She has held a variety of volunteer roles at the church, including two cycles as president of the congregation; she continues as the wedding coordinator and in May 2017 became the Parish and Communications Administrator. Before coming to work at Valley of Peace, she held a variety of positions at Augsburg University (from where she graduated in 1979!). She and her husband, John, live in the neighborhood with their little rescue Schnoodle, Frida. They welcomed a grandson, Jesse, in September of 2017. Identical twin boys, Mattis and Henry joined Jesse in late August 2019; lots of joy to go around!  You may call her at church at (763)588-4611, M-Th from 9:00-4:30.  It is also easy to reach her at sdaniels.herron@valleyofpeace.org 

Zack Carlson

Zack Carlson

Director of Music

Zack grew up in rural northwestern Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.M. in Vocal Music Education. He is entering his sixth year of teaching and has taught grades 6-12 in differing capacities in Iowa and Minnesota. He is a lifelong church musician and has served congregations in multiple roles for nearly ten years. Zack is currently the high school vocal music director at Buffalo High School. Zack completed his M.M, in Music Education in 2020 from Michigan State University. Zack lives in Buffalo and sings professionally in The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists. music@valleyofpeace.org

Raul Garcia III

Raul Garcia III

Wildfire Intern

Hello everyone! My name is Raul Garcia III. I have been in Minnesota since 1996. I grew up in San Antonio, Tx and attended and graduated from Texas Lutheran University in 1996. I have been married for 23 years and have two beautiful girls and a dog. My wife, Rhea is a Concordia College graduate and a Kindergarten teacher at Birch Grove Elementary; Grace Noelle is a junior at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Trinity Rose is a junior at Osseo Senior High. We also have had our Aussiedor, Martin Theophilus Garcia aka Marty for three years. I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, Minnesota Twins Fan and a bigger soccer fan. Besides loving to serve in a congregation I love coaching club and collegiate soccer. I am looking forward to my internship with the three Wildfire congregations and learning from all of y’all.

internpastor@flcoc.org

Beth Brandt

Beth Brandt

Organist, Pianist and Accompanist

Beth grew up in Fridley, Minnesota where she attended St. Philip’s Lutheran Church and participated in many different church music activities. She attended college at the University of Minnesota, Morris where she received a B.A. in Music Performance (piano and euphonium) and a teacher license for K-12 Vocal & Instrumental Music. She also earned her Orff Schulwerk Certification through the University of St. Thomas. Beth currently teaches elementary music in the Edina Public Schools where she absolutely loves getting to spend her days dancing, singing, and playing with kindergarten, first, and second graders! Beth lives in Crystal with her husband and their two boys who are all active members of Valley of Peace. music@valleyofpeace.org

VoP Leaders

Valley of Peace Church Council and Teams

The Church Council is elected by the congregation at its semi-annual meeting each May. It consists of four officers of the congregation, the chairpersons of its nine standing teams, and the senior pastor. It serves to lead the mission and ministry of the Valley of Peace congregation. The president and president-elect are elected for one-year terms. The secretary, treasurer, and chairs of the nine standing committees are elected for two-year terms.

Current President: Jim Crofoot        Past President: Ruth Larson

President Elect: Tara Kuckkan             Treasurer: Judy Greeninger

Secretary: Lauren Pockl                         Young Adult: Caitlin Enright

Faith Formation Team

The Faith Formation Team shall develop, promote, and coordinate the Christian educational life of this congregation. It will embrace a variety of educational opportunities for Bible study and to bring the ministry of the Gospel to children, youth, and adults of this congregation.         

Chair: Ann Dybvig

 

Children, Youth, and Family Team

This team is established to strengthen the life and faith of children, youth, and families of this congregation, ages birth to 22 years.

Chair: Kelsey Pierson

 

Endowment and Memorial Trust

The Valley of Peace Endowment and Memorial Trust is a great vehicle for creating your legacy. Your contribution can support an existing designated music fund, youth fund, or the general fund. Your legacy will live on through the Valley of Peace Endowment and Memorial Trust. Click below to find out more.

Hospitality Team

This team is responsible to invite our neighbors to share in the mission of Christ’s Church. Christian fellowship and caring will be strengthened by fostering a spirit of hospitality, evangelism, sharing the Gospel, encouraging active participation, and worship.      

Chair: Julia Madison

 

Social Ministry Team

This team shall extend Christian compassion and loving care, to meet the needs of people in relation to social conditions in the local community and society.

Chair: Barb Mikelson

 

Worship and Music Team

The Worship and Music Team is established to enable, encourage, and provide opportunities to bring this congregation and the community together to:
a. Worship God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
b. Hear the Word of God
c. Receive the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion
d. Be renewed in faith, strength, and peace
e. Provide strength to one another
f. Share the diverse resources we possess for the building of God’s kingdom

Chair: Darcie Rodman

 

World Missions Team

The World Missions Team is established to assist this congregation in fulfilling its commitment to God’s mission throughout the world. The spiritual, personal, and financial support of mission activities will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s kingdom throughout our community, nation, and the world.

Chair: Patricia Holmstrom

 

Stewardship Team

This team shall support and encourage a spirit of stewardship among members of this congregation. They shall develop and implement efforts that help express heartfelt giving, to support a ministry of healing, justice, and peace.

Chair: Sara Blood

 

Property Team

This team is responsible to manage, maintain, and care for, the physical properties of this congregation.

Chair: Jim Jasper

 

Parish Life Team

The Parish Life Team is established to nourish the fellowship and sense of community of the congregation and its members.