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Pastoral Staff Update

Updated March 15, 2015


Welcome Pastor Candee

Meet Our Call Committee

With the departure of Pastor Diane Sponheim, SOTV has begun the process of filling her vacancy. At the request of the Church Council, the Saint Paul Area Synod is currently seeking qualified candidates to perform pastoral duties on an interim basis.

Additionally, the Council has approved the formation of a Call Committee which will begin its duties in early March. The Nominations Leadership Team is charged with the development of the Call Committee.

Once formed, the Call Committee will gather information from the congregation, work with the Church Council, and receive and evaluate candidates from the Saint Paul Area Synod. Prayer, discernment, and SOTV’s vision will be at the heart of the work of the Committee. The Committee will also provide regular updates to the congregation.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact


Thanksgiving for Pastor Diane Sponheim's Ministry

Pastor DianeUpdated January 14, 2015

Faith Lutheran Church of Rosemount voted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 in favor of calling Pastor Diane Sponheim as their pastor, and she has accepted. Pastor Diane will preached at SOTV for a final time the weekend of January 10 & 11, 2015.

Listen to sermon audio | Sermon video below

Pastor Diane Sponheim concludes her pastoral call on Sunday, January 18, 2015. Worship that weekend will include the rite of “Thanksgiving at the Conclusion of a Call” for Pastor Diane. Pastor Diane has served at SOTV since June of 2007 and we are very grateful for her dedicated service!

Please note: Pastor Diane will continue serving SOTV in pastoral visitation temporarily through the first part of 2015.

Faith Lutheran Church is beginning a period of revitalization and some members of SOTV have expressed an interest in joining Pastor Diane at Faith as she begins this work. If you are interested in this venture, please contact Pastor Diane at to discuss it or sign up at the Welcome Center. During worship in February, there will be recognition of the commitment of this group to support Faith Lutheran Church.

We are all grateful for Pastor Diane’s ministry at SOTV and pray for years of blessed and fruitful ministry at Faith Lutheran Church.




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