Pastor Loren joined Our Savior’s as lead pastor in September of 2008. He originally is from North Dakota and has served congregations in the ELCA since 1991 as a youth minister, associate pastor, and senior pastor. Loren is married to Karen and they have two children, Liam and Annika. As a family, they enjoy the fullness of life and the friends they meet along the way. They extend their welcome to Our Savior’s and hope to worship with you, share life together as a Christian community, and serve with you. In a world that is often stripped of grace, Pastor Loren hopes God’s love can be discovered and re-discovered in real and relevant ways. Loren graduated with an emphasis in biblical studies and youth ministry from Trinity Lutheran College (LBIS), Seattle. He received his theological training for ordination at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis and graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH. Recently, he completed study in congregational leadership and missiology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
Minister for Youth & Family Discipleship
Melissa grew up in southwest Minnesota where there wasn’t much to do except hang out at church. So that’s what she did most of the time! She graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD—Go Vikes!—and felt the call to be the Minister for Youth and Family Discipleship at Our Savior’s. Melissa feels honored to be a graduate of Certification School, a program sponsored by Vibrant Faith Ministries and Wartburg Theological Seminary. Melissa, her husband Brian, and four beautiful children live in Moorhead and love swimming and camping, and geocaching as a family.
Outside of her job at church, Melissa is involved in Praise Team (piano), our contemporary praise band, and quilting. She feels blessed to be on staff at Our Savior’s working with such an amazing and talented group of people, and to be a part of the faith journeys of all of our youth!
"I love to motivate others to 'do the faith'," says Melissa. Her passion is for helping others see that they are capable of being builders of the faith in their everyday life. Believing that God has given us the gifts we need to nurture the faith of our children and youth right where we are, we don’t need to be an "expert" to share the faith. She is excited to challenge our congregation to take the gifts God has given us and use them to build faith in children, youth and families. She believes we, as a congregation, share the responsibility to pass on the faith to our children and our youth.
Rev. Jerry R. Protextor
Pastor Jerry was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. He was pastor at Brocket-Lawton Lutheran, Hunter Gardner Lutheran, Calvary Lutheran in Park Rapids, and Hawley Lutheran from which he retired in 2006. He is married to Elizabeth and is a father of five children. He has 14 grandchildren who live in the Fargo Moorhead community, Jamestown, and Chicago, IL. He and Elizabeth celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary this past April. Over the years Pastor Jerry has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Red Willow Bible Camp in ND and Pathways Bible Camp in MN. He has served on the NW Minnesota Synod Council and was on the Synod Executive Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Minesota COuncil of Churches where he served as Chair of the Personnel Committee. Pastor Jerry will be doing home visits and preaching at least once a month at Our Savior's.
Sandy grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and she and her husband, Bill, moved to Fargo-Moorhead in 1984. She has three adult children, Zackary, Sarah, and Jacob. She has been a resident of north Moorhead for 28 years. In the past she was the church secretary at St. Elizabeth's in Dilworth for six years, assistant to the senior pastor at Hope Lutheran in Fargo for one year, and is very pleased to be the Office Manager at Our Savior's! She enjoys taking bible studies, reading, and spending time with her family.
Coordinator of Volunteers
Cheryl has worked with volunteers at Our Savior’s since 1997. She has enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful people and encouraging them to use their unique abilities to serve God and others. Cheryl lived in a variety of places growing up and graduated from Warren, MN high school and Concordia College. She has been a kindergarten teacher and piano teacher and also loved being an at-home mom when her kids were young. She enjoys music, reading, walking, and spending time with her husband, Keith, and their family: daughters Becca (married to Andrew), Mary (married to Ryan), son David, and amazing grandson, Emmett, born in 2014.
Ray and his wife, Debbie, have been married 40 years and have two adult children. They live in north Moorhead. Ray enjoys riding his motorcycle when the weather cooperates!
Mary Maynard has been the organist at Our Savior’s since 1989. She
also directs the Chancel Choir and Abide. Mary's husband, Nick, is
the mechanic at Concordia College; he also owns a motorcycle shop in
Fargo called Roadwolf Motorcycle Specialties. Their daughter, Claire, is a senior in high school. In addition to
playing the organ at Our Savior's, Mary teaches in the
West Fargo Public Schools and gives piano lessons in her home.
Before moving to Moorhead in 2008 when she retired, Hazel lived in McIntosh, MN, and worked in the engineering office of Garden Valley Telephone Company. Hazel and her daughter, Holly, have enjoyed singing together in their home area since Holly was a little girl, and have performed in theater productions as well. They both play guitar and have performed and recorded a variety of music, including their own original songs. Holly has also appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor three times, as his duet partner. As a member of Our Savior’s in McIntosh, Hazel was the Sunday School superintendent and provided leadership with voice and guitar for worship services. She has also used her guitar and voice talents at Christ the King in Moorhead. Hazel also plays French horn in the Lake Agassiz Concert Band and University Orchestra. In addition to music, she enjoys knitting, crocheting, and watercolor painting. She has an online business, shoeboxgirl.com, which features her handmade hats and accessories, as well as her paintings. She also recently started doing outdoor mosaic stepping stones, which she hopes to put in her raspberry garden.