7800 West County Road 42
Apple Valley, Minnesota
952-432-7273

Meet the staff and leaders of the vibrant ministry happening at Grace. Their dedication, hard work, and passion guides this community towards its mission, and exemplifies our identity of being “a people and place where generosity and graciosness abound.”

Pastor Deb Stehlin

Prior to accepting her call to serve as the Senior Pastor at Grace, the Rev. Deb Stehlin served as Director for Evangelical Mission for the Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA. She helped leaders around the synod start new faith communities and was a resource to congregations who seek to learn new ways of being in mission.…

Pastor Michelle Gawienowski

Reverend Michelle Gawienowski has served as an ordained pastor since 1997. She grew up in Austin, Minnesota, went to Mankato State University and graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She has served in North Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota in many different settings and roles. She was the Senior Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills…

Shari Albrecht

Shari Albrecht has been the organist at Grace since 2016.  Her career as a Lutheran church organist began in middle school in Southern Illinois when she realized that playing the organ paid better than babysitting and got her out of acolyte duty.  She stuck with it because it is fun and challenging!  Shari loves to…

Lois Askvig

Lois trained to be a Registered Nurse at Swedish Hospital and Augsburg College in Minneapolis, graduating in 1961. She has worked in many areas of care in her nursing career, including 40 years in medical, surgical, oncology, radiation therapy, physically handicapped young adults and management positions. Lois became a Parish Nurse in May 2001, after…

Joni Baldwin

Joni Baldwin has served as the Financial Administrator at Grace Lutheran since January of 2007. Her primary responsibilities are in accounting, payroll, benefits and church insurance. Along with the preparations of monthly reports to the treasurer and commissions, Joni works closely with her office colleagues and enjoys meeting volunteers and members of the congregation. Prior…

Steven Boehlke

Steve is the director of the Grace Choir and Bells of Grace. A music teacher for 35 years (last at Rosemount High School), Steve now teaches choral music education courses and works with student teachers from Winona State University. He also serves as artistic director of the Minnesota Valley Men’s Chorale.

Karleigh Crepin

Karleigh has been working with children since 2009 when she started teaching ski lessons at Buck Hill. Since then she graduated from Wartburg College with degrees in Religion and Social Work. After graduation, Karleigh became a missionary with the Young Adults on a Global Mission program working in Adelaide, Australia at Glynde Lutheran Church and…

Amy Fleser

Amy Fleser grew up in several cities including Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Charleston, West Virginia. She got her Nursing Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where she met her husband, Ryan. They lived in Midland, Texas for two years where she was an Operating Room Nurse prior to them moving to Minnesota…

John Koziol, Jr.

John is in charge of Grace’s summer music series and plays piano for various special events at the church. A gifted pianist, John heads the praise band at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church and plays keyboards in a variety of local bands.

Kathy Kuehne

Prior to working at Grace Kathy was employed at UNIVAC in Eagan for twelve years. She has been on staff at Grace as an assistant to Children, Youth & Families Ministries since September 1986. Kathy schedules baptisms, processes registrations for Grace Bible School, Confirmation, Vacation Bible School, camps, maintains the database for our youth from…