The Rev. Dr. Walt Lichtenberger
Pastor Walt is the Lead Pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN. As an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he has a passion for both preaching and presiding.
Pastor Walt has a unique and special passion for creating an 'open table' - where all are welcome to participate in the Lord's Supper and in the life and community of the church. From little ones to seniors, Pastor Walt embraces and empowers each person to be a part of the St. James community!
Office & Business Manager
Doreen has been at St. James since 1999, serving as the Office and Business Manager. She works the front of the office answering phones and emails, she also works with bulletin and announcements. She works closely with the Treasurer and staff regarding finance, offering and giving accounts, and payroll. She is helpful in answering questions and emails for the St. James' community and volunteers. She is also known for her kindness and hospitality to all.
Minister of Music
The longest serving person on the staff with over forty years of experience with church music, Kelvin combines his passions for music and people. Guiding the music ministry at St. James, with its multiple choirs and directors, Kelvin has encouraged a participatory approach that celebrates the voice of each person regardless of whether they have had previous musical experience.
Jeff's passion involves using technology to proclaim the gospel. He has trained a multi-generational team (including teens) to provide AV for worship and faith formation. His technical knowledge is only surpassed by his coaching and mentoring.
Director of Praise III Choir
Kjersten has guided our Praise III choir for years, bringing her energy and enthusiasm for high-spirited music to worship.
Director for soul fire, children/youth choir (2nd - 8th grade)
She also leads music for Children's Faith Formation (Sunday School) on Sunday mornings and is a co-leader for our Children's Christmas Worship Service. She is passionate about children's music ministry and has been directing choirs for over twenty-five years. She is a strong believer that the purpose of the choir is to create a worship environment that demonstrates that being in the choir is far more than singing a song in front of the congregation. Choir helps build their emerging faith foundation by developing relationships with God and each other, leading our worship service several times a year, actively participating as readers during the Prayers of Intercession and engaging in Children's Outreach Ministry. If you have a child that enjoys singing, making new friends and having fun while singing to the Lord, contact Barbara!
Seminarian Sherri Lawrence
Faith Nurture (Sunday School)
Sherri passionately leads a dedicated team of parents in the weekly task of providing faith formation experiences for children. As a result, Sunday School at St. James is innovative and supporting parents in their baptismal promises of nurturing the faith of their children.
Director of Grace A'Plenty Choir
Barb's two passions in life (besides her children and grandchildren) are sacred music & Bible Study. Since 2013, Barb has been the director of the choir and teaching the Bible Study on Wednesday nights. "It is such a blessing to be able to serve God and church in these capacities."-Barb M.
Befriender Program Supervisor
Deb guides our Befriender ministry. As a trained Befriender leader, she lovingly provides a space of support and care for the Befriender caregivers. Befriender ministry connects trained listeners with those who are in need.
Director of Jubilation Ringers (Bell Choir)
Kari joyfully conducts St. James bell choir called Jubilation Ringers. This longstanding group enhances worship with traditional hand bell anthems.
For many years, Gail has faithfully cared for the physical facilities at St. James, keeping our church home clean and maintained. Although her work is usually behind the scenes, it is a labor of love that shows.
Organist and Accompanist
Jan is extremely talented at the keyboard of both the piano and organ. She serves as St. James primary accompanist, providing music to support each of our vocal choirs.