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
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 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 Travel Professional & 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.
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)
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.
St. James LUTHERAN CHURCH
Ruth Reitmeyer was elected to the WNALC Board at the 2021 Gathering in Corpus Christi. She is on the Spiritual Growth Committee, assists with the newsletter, and serves wherever needed.
Ruth has been married to Pastor Ralph Reitmeyer for 48 years. Her husband is pastor of St. James Lutheran Church and they live in Llano, Texas with their two cats. They have two grown children, Rachel and Ryan, who are married. They are blessed with five grandchildren. Ruth and her husband were married 10 years before her husband entered seminary. She has had a varied career working mainly in professional fundraising for universities and private schools. Her pre-retirement job was working as a paraprofessional at the local high school. She is currently retired.
When she is not working on the 1880’s house they live in, she volunteers for her community, volunteers at the elementary school as a mentor, is an active member of the DAR, loves to garden, read, bake, travel, and is teaching herself photography. Ruth also serves her church as the primary musician.
Her Bible verse for this year is Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Sandy Strohecker is a lifelong member at St Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon, Illinois. This is her second year on the Women’s Council and her second year serving as secretary. She is on Community and Fellowship and is one of the administrators of the WNALC Facebook page.
Sandy has three adult sons, 3 grandsons and 3 granddaughters, ranging from 2 to 24 years of age. Sandy was trained as an R.N., worked 1.5 years in pediatrics then was fortunate enough to stay home for 15 years raising her sons. After 15 years as a secretary with a local park district, she finished her career as a support staff for a county health department. Sandy is now retired and enjoys all the free time she has to volunteer.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandy volunteered at the local elementary school in the IRead program. She also spends time volunteering at the Serenity Shed, a repurposing workshop associated with the local Serenity Hospice. She has served on her church council, several times as secretary and most recently as president. She is currently serving on the St Paul Call Committee. She is also the lady in charge of the coffee every Sunday morning, baking the goodies for church fellowship and can be found with the sewing ladies (and one gentleman) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday.
In her spare time, Sandy enjoys sewing, quilting, diamond painting and reading as well as coffee or lunch out with friends.
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.