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!
CHRIST THE KING Lutheran Church
After earning a B.S. in Business Administration, Kim worked in a variety of administrative positions where she found that she had a knack for the newest technology – desktop computers. Because of her knowledge of & experience with computers & software, she was encouraged to pursue her master’s degree in Library & Information Science with the goal of becoming certified as a school library media specialist. She worked in that field at the middle & high school levels until retiring in 2018. Looking back, she is amazed at the path along which God has led her, the people with whom He has blessed her, and how He has drawn her closer to Him.
Since retiring, Kim has enjoyed chaperoning school field trips, knitting lots of hats, scarves, sweaters, and shawls. She has always been an active member of her church, singing in the choir, serving on the church council and with a variety of ministries.
Kim was elected to The Women’s Council of the WNALC in August of 2019 and re-elected in August of 2021. She currently serves as the vice chair and edits the newsletter.
Rachel Busch Jones
NEW BEGINNINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH
Hi, I’m Rachel, coming to you from my seventh-generation family farm in 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 Treasurer of the congregation. I am a Travel Agent & do a little side work as a freelance Professional Organizer here & there. 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 an absolute 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! I use my talents with technology & 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.Treasur
christ the king lutheran church
Peggy Jording is the WNALC treasurer and last year she led the Spiritual team. Peggy and her husband, Mike, live in Newcastle, Wyoming and attend Christ the King Lutheran. Involvement in the church is important to Peggy and she currently leads the 24/7 prayer group which meets weekly for group prayer and study. She loves to lector as often as possible, participates in the women’s group, guides quilt days and serves on the Care and Serve Committee. She recently delivered quilts and Bibles to the NALC Disaster Response warehouse in Chatfield, Minnesota.
Peggy and her husband have been married for 38 years. Mike retired in January, leading them to begin to slow down. They raise Airedale terriers and Peggy enjoys reading, needlepoint, card making, knitting, sewing, quilting, and crafting with the grandkids. They have two sons and four grandchildren. Their oldest son and family recently moved to Minnesota and the younger son and family live in Colorado and just welcomed a baby girl.
Having always loved books and reading Peggy was led to a degree in Business Education with a minor in Library Media, followed by a Masters in School Library Media PK-12. Her education pathway ultimately led her to become a school librarian.
Mike and Peggy are involved in the community, and they enjoy traveling to Laramie, Wyoming for UWYO football games and to Colorado and Minnesota to see family.
“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)
OUR SAVIOUR'S LUTHERAN church
THREE RIVERS, TEXAS
Sandra Liska is newly serving on our WNALC council, will be working on the Newsletter and will be a Spiritual Team Leader. At Our Savior Lutheran, Sandra is Treasurer of the Women’s Group, Vice- President of the Church Council and a leader with the Mission Vision Committee. She also volunteers for Heavenly Angels and Live Oak County 4-H.
Sandra and her husband Tim have been married 41 years and have three grown children. The Liskas live near George West, Texas. Both are enjoying retirement by traveling, raising cattle, gardening, teaching Sunday School and just enjoying God’s beautiful wildlife on their property. They also enjoy their two spoiled dachshunds and one miniature Australian Shepherd.
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
DEVILS LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA
Jill Nesheim is the Chair of the WNALC for 2021-22. This is her fourth year on the WNALC council. She was the Spiritual Team leader her first year and has served as the Treasurer for the past two years.
Jill and husband Ed attend Peace Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, North Dakota and are a part of the Minnkota Mission District. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren. She is retired from a career spanning multiple specialties that includes school counselor, high school business teacher and bookkeeper.
Being fortunate enough to grow-up in a Christian home, her first act of service was to be the pianist for Sunday School in 5th grade. She has continued being very active with Women’s groups, youth, bible study and music throughout her life.
With a variety of interests and hobbies, Jill enjoys making quilts for family and missions, reading, crocheting, crafts, outdoor activities and travel.
Mary Lea Pfenninger
St John's Lutheran Church
Hello, I’m Mary Lea Pfenninger. I live in historic Goliad Texas with my husband. Our family has had land in Goliad County for over 130 years. I have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren and my dog Boo who is very spoiled dog.
I graduated from the University of Houston with my BS as well as my MEd in Education. I taught in the classroom for 25 years. I have been an education consultant for Region 3 Education Service Center for 17 years. I am a member of St. John’s in Goliad where I am a current council member. My husband and I love to travel and take at least 2 to 3 vacations a year. I love to read and organize as well as watch movies with my husband.
I am excited to serve in with this great organization. I am looking forward to my time on the board.
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Elmer, New Jersey
Amy Werner served on our WNALC council from 2015-2017. During that time, she became the producer of the “Big Map” and facilitator for the Mid-Northeast Mission District and the Atlantic Mission Region.
As she continues to serve in those areas, the council is excited to have her once again be on the council to help develop more facilitators across the Mission Districts of the NALC. Amy is the team leader for the newly formed Mission District Facilitator ministry team.
Amy’s husband Mark is a pastor and she has an active 15 yr. old son, Jordan. She and her family recently moved to Pittsgrove, NJ when her husband received the call to serve at Emanuel LC in Elmer, NJ.
Working with the women’s ministries at the Regional and congregational level keeps Amy busy. Within her Mission Region, Amy leads retreats and gatherings. At church, she leads the livestream team, sings in the choir, and assists with women’s events.
Amy has an elementary teaching degree and works as a substitute teacher at her local elementary school and volunteers with the Boy Scouts. She enjoys baking, sewing, Sudoku and traveling.