STAFF

Pastor Reggie Klindworth
Senior Pastor

Pastor Reggie C. Klindworth has held the role of Senior Pastor at Crown of Glory Lutheran Church since September 2018, and began serving Crown of Glory in November 2007 as Associate Pastor of Family and Youth Ministries. He previously served four years as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry in Albert Lea, MN.  He received a BA in Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN in 1998 and he received a Masters of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 2003.

Pastor Reggie is married to Kate and together they have three young boys; Noah, Jonah, and Micah.  Pastor Reggie has a passion for youth and family ministry, enjoys building relationships and engaging people in their faith journey.  He enjoys sharing the message of Jesus Christ through story and by applying biblical stories to our day to day lives.  His past times and interests include spending quality time with his wife and three boys, he also loves woodworking and spending time outdoors.

Pastor Laura Laughlin
Associate Pastor

Pastor Laura Laughlin was recently called as the Associate Pastor of Faith Formation to Crown of Glory Lutheran Church in September 2019. Pastor Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and English from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

 

Pastor Laura is passionate about preaching and teaching God’s Word in a way that relates and applies the Bible to everyday life. She enjoys the creative and sacred artistry of worship, walking with others in their journeys of faith, and helping people of all ages discover God’s presence and movement in their lives.

 

In addition to being called as a pastor, Pastor Laura also lives out her calling to be a wife to David, a mom to Oliver, and a ‘dog mom’ to Emma. She loves spending time with her family, as well as creating music, writing, and spending as much time in God’s creation as possible.

Tom Paulson
Director of Worship and Music/Organist

Tom Paulson comes to Crown of Glory after two long-term ministries, at Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata and Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview, and a year at Plymouth Presbyterian, Plymouth. Concurrently he was Music Director/Conductor of the Edina Chorale for 22 years. He is a native of Austin, MN who, though proud of his home town, does not eat Spam.

He holds degrees in music from St. Olaf College, Northfield, and the University of Minnesota. He has a passion for leading congregational singing and for worship as a participation sport, often quoting John Ferguson, “If you sing well, sing to praise the giver. If you don’t sing so well, sing to get even!” Maya Angelou comes in a close second, “I’ve learned that you cannot go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” He and his husband Lou Vlahos live in Wayzata with Roy, the dachshund, and are devoted foodies and oenophiles.

Gretchen Pierskalla
Director of Children's Ministries

Gretchen Pierskalla is the Director of Children’s Ministries at Crown of Glory. Gretchen has worked in Bible Camps and churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Washington.  Gretchen received a BA in Biology at Concordia College, Moorhead MN, a Professional Certificate in Youth Work from Lutheran Bible Institute, Issaquah, WA, and Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, St. Paul MN. 

Gretchen has a passion for faith formation and exploring what the promises of God in scripture and in Baptism and Communion can mean for daily life at any age.

 

Gretchen is married to John, and enjoys gardening, meeting new people, good food and conversation. 

Jenni Payne
Nursery Coordinator

Jenni grew up in Chaska and at Crown of Glory. She is a pastry chef currently working at the Red Bench Bakery downtown. She is married to Jerad with their collective four children, Hannah, Elias, Kathryn and Jimmy, she keeps pretty busy. Through keeping all that organized she enjoys the outdoors and sports as much as she can. Nursery is at the center of her heart because it’s never too early to feel God’s grace and to know His goodness and love. She is looking forward to being back at Crown of Glory, hoping to be a light of service to this church community.

Kellie Bukosky
Administrative Assistant

We are pleased to announce that Kellie Bokusky has joined Crown of Glory as our new Administrative Assistant. Kellie is a University of Minnesota graduate and brings strong church experience to the role. She, her husband, 4 kids and Daisy the miniature dachshund reside in Eden Prairie. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family.

Ashley Pederson
Finance Manager

Prior to joining Crown of Glory, Ashley worked in the banking industry for nearly 10 years.  She has received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead.  

 

Ashley and her husband Graham moved to Chaska in 2010 and since then have made it their home. After several visits to Crown of Glory, they decided to make it their permanent Church home in 2014. They have three children, Holden, Elodie, and Arlo, and are happy to be raising them in this community.  Ashley loves spending time with her family, enjoys baking and going to the movies.

Building Masters - Custodial Service Team
Custodian

Crown of Glory Lutheran Church custodial services are provided by Building Masters.  Members and guests are welcome to contact Pastor Reggie with any custodial needs.