WNALC Council Members
We are a seven woman crew spread across the United States. WNALC Annual Gathering attendees vote every year on nominees for open Council positions. At our first meeting that same evening we decide on positions & responsibilities to ensure that members (that’s you!) are supported & served in the best ways possible. We are here to serve you & here is a little glimpse into who we are!
Jacqui El Torro
A NEW THING CHRISTIAN CHURCH
I am a member of A New Thing Christian Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where we call ourselves ANTS. The Rev. Trina M. Petersen is the pastor. I held various positions in my former church on congregational, synodical & churchwide levels. I am married with two adult children, one adult grandchild, four grand-dogs & one grand-cat.
“The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng.” (Psalms 68:11 NIV)
We value you & the gifts that God blessed you with to share will the church & all of creation. Take the time to respond to me directly or through your Mission District Representative how we as a Council could serve you better & equally important how you can serve the NALC. We are a new Council & wanting to hear from you!
May Grace and Favor be your constant companions.
CHRIST THE KING Lutheran Church
I graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, after which I worked in a variety of administrative positions where I found that I had a knack for the newest technology – personal computers. Because of my knowledge of & experience with computers & software, I was encouraged to pursue my Masters Degree in Library & Information Science & become certified as a school library media specialist. I worked in that field at the middle & high school levels until my retirement in 2018. Looking back, I am amazed at the path along which God has led me, the people by whom He has blessed me, & how He has drawn me so much closer to Him.
Since my retirement, I have enjoyed chaperoning school field trips, knitting lots of hats, scarves, sweaters, & shawls, & helping to launch the Women of Christ the King at my church in Evans, Georgia. I am excited to join with the group of amazing women currently serving on the WNALC council & look forward to serving all of the women who are part of the North American Lutheran Church.
Rachel Busch Jones
NEW BEGINNINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH
Hi, I’m Rachel, coming to you from my seventh-generation family farm in Champaign, Illinois. I reside here with my husband, our daughter & a passel of farm creatures. My folks are right across the drive.
I am a founding member of New Beginnings Lutheran Church in Mahomet, Illinois, & presently serve as Vice President of the congregation. I am a stay-at-home-mom & work as a freelance Professional Organizer. I do my best to volunteer with various entities, both local & virtual, when I can.
In my spare time – haha, little joke – after family, church, work & the farm, I ride my horses & I run barrels/rodeo. I’m an avid reader when I get a few minutes to open a book. I’m a bit of a travel junkie; a sunny, sandy beach is my favorite place to be!
I’m excited to be a part of the WNALC. When I asked my Pastor to sign me up for what I thought was just a women’s conference I had no idea that it was an Annual Gathering for an actual organization! My goals for my term are to use my talents with technology, as well as work with my fellow Council members, to get the word out to our congregations about the WNALC; our purpose, our service, our support system & our faith.
christ the king lutheran church
Peggy Jording lives in Newcastle, Wyoming, having moved there in 1989 from Torrington, Wyoming. Peggy’s husband, Mike, is a family physician at Newcastle Monument Health — he will retire in 2021. Having grown up in the Denver, Colorado, area, Peggy enjoys the small-town life Newcastle has to offer. The nearest Walmart, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Target, or Safeway is an hour & twenty minutes, or further, away.
Although baptized Lutheran as an infant, Peggy did not come to know Jesus as her Savior until meeting her husband in the early 1980s. She currently leads the 24/7 prayer group which meets weekly for group prayer & to study. She loves to lector as often as called upon. She participates in the women’s group &, while the church was waiting for an interim pastor, she led an adult study on discipleship. She also serves on the Care & Serve Committee which organizes the ushers, lectors, greeters & coffee hosts.
She & Mike have been married for 37 years & have two sons who also live in Colorado. Joe & his wife, Larissa, have two girls (3 y/o & 1 y/o). Al & his wife, Hanna, have one son (3 y/o).
Mike & Peggy raise Airedale terriers; from their most recent litter they kept Sammie, who will have her first litter in two years. Peggy enjoys reading, needlepoint, card making, knitting, sewing &, most recently, quilting.
Peggy has always loved books & reading which led her to become the district librarian for Weston county school district. She was based in the Newcastle Middle School as the librarian & worked to provide a rich library of books to serve the advanced young adult reader & the struggling special needs student. While studying for her master’s degree, she developed a variety of programs to inspire students to read. Rheumatoid arthritis made it impossible to continue working in 2013.
The first convocation she attended was in Denver as a delegate. She & Mike went to Indianapolis as visitors & watched this year’s convocation online. In Denver & Indianapolis, she attended the WNALC meetings & served on the Budget Committee this year. Currently, she is in several women’s organizations. The purpose of one is women’s education: local, national & international. Another organization’s purpose is to support our library system & to continue to grow in knowledge & culture. In addition, Peggy & Mike financially support other organizations & causes.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)
CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
I have witnessed God’s faithfulness in the many communities I have had the privilege to live in; a small town, a mid-sized city, a suburb, a metropolitan area & a farm. I also spent five years as a missionary in Tanzania. Through these experiences I have also had the joy of meeting so many fellow Christians who have strengthened me in my faith by their witness to Jesus Christ.
Ken & I have three daughters; Johanna, Else-Marie & Ingrid, & a son-in-law, Alex. Outdoor activities, family history projects, Scandinavian history & exploring my new surroundings in Wisconsin are what I like to do for fun. I enjoy finding time for a good cup of coffee with friends to round out my weekly activities.
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ (Lamentations 3:21-23 NIV)
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
DEVILS LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA
I grew up in a small town of 110 people in North Dakota, was baptized into the ALC & have been a Lutheran all my life. I have always tried to serve God & the church. I started playing hymns for Sunday School in 5th grade & have been involved with Sunday School, bible school & women’s groups ever since. Being one of the “church ladies” is a comfortable role for me & gives me a place in the church family. Having the privilege to serve on the Women’s Council is an honor & another way for me to be of service.
I have many hobbies & activities that I love including quilting & more quilting (both for personal & for missions), reading, crocheting, scrapbooking, movies, travel, XC & downhill skiing & restoring/fixing things.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Hi, my name is Sandy Strohecker. I am a member of St. Paul Lutheran in Oregon, Illinois. I have lived in Oregon & have been a member at St. Paul my entire life. I am divorced, a mother of three sons & grandma to three grandsons (23, 18 & 1 yr. old) & three granddaughters (16, 13 & 5 yrs. old). I have been retired for three years. I trained as an R.N., worked in pediatrics for 1.5 years, stayed home to raise my three sons for 15 years, worked for 15 years as a secretary at our local park district & then for 13 years as a receptionist in the family planning clinic at the local health department.
I have been very active in my church in the past 10 years. I have served several terms on church council as secretary & have served as president for the past two years. Presently, I am on Altar Guild, in charge of the school kit bags, am a member of the “quilting ladies,” in charge of Coffee & after church on Sundays, usher, greet & attend Bible study.
Since retiring, I have been volunteering at Serenity Hospice & Home (doing filing) & at the Serenity Shed (a grief management repurposing project). I have volunteered at the local elementary school, in the IRead Program, spending a half hour per week reading with two children that I was to follow from K – 3rd grade. That is presently on hold due to COVID-19.
I am excited to serve the WNALC for the next two years. I have some thoughts & ideas that I am anxious to share with the board as well as hear their plans for the future!