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. She began her career in corporate public relations and was Director of Communications for International Dairy Queen, Inc. She discovered God’s grace when a neighbor invited her to Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield, where she eventually served on staff. That led her to Luther Seminary, where she received her M. Div. degree in 2003.
Her first call was to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley. In 2007, that congregation sent her out to start a new mission church, Light of the World Lutheran Church, Farmington. Pastor Deb and husband Neil live in Lakeville. They have two adult children, a son-in-law, soon-to-be daughter-in-law, and baby grandson. They all live in the Twin Cities.