Meet our Church Council for 2014:


DSC_0100Kathy Wendland, President

Kathy Wendland is vice-president of the church council and will serve as congregation president in 2014.  She is fond of Dan (hubby of nearly 51 years), their three daughters and spouses, the community of all ages at SOTH, making music, reading, and being outside in beautiful Colorado.






DSC_0104Phil Purdy, Vice President

I was born, raised, and lived in the Washington, D.C. area for most of my life. After 2 years of graduate school in Texas, and another 4 years of graduate school at CSU, we (me, my wife Andrea, and our son Cole) were fortunate to be able to stay in Fort Collins and be able to enjoy our Colorado lifestyle; mountains, biking, running, camping, lacrosse, fishing. When not pursuing my pastimes I spend my time as a USDA scientist of animal physiology.





Robert Blue, Treasurer


DSC_0109Cheryl Rakness, Financial Secretary

I grew up on a farm near Brookings, South Dakota, and attended a one room country school for grades 1-8.  Going into “town school” for high school was daunting until I got used to having more than one person in my grade and having more than one room in the building!!!  I graduated from South Dakota State University with degrees in Home Economics Education and Textiles and Clothing.  I met Kerwin while at SDSU and we married in 1969.

We left South Dakota when Kerwin entered active duty in the US Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.  We were there for two years – it was a most interesting place to live and our son, Greg, was born there.

After Kerwin left the Army we lived in the Denver area for three years. Our son, Eric, was born there.  We moved to Fort Collins and joined SOTH in 1975.  I worked at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp for 18 years doing all the various office duties, but concentrated mostly on doing their bookkeeping.

Who am I today?  I have always been a crafter.  I have the supplies to do nearly every kind of craft there is – I dabble in everything but am an expert in nothing. I don’t like to cook so we eat out a lot. I enjoy volunteering at SOTH.  I love my social life and am always willing to go to lunch or play cards or some other game.  I enjoy doing nothing.  Kerwin and I travel quite often.   I love being a grandmother to Harper, Quinlan and Ellie.


DSC_0106Janie Arndt, Secretary

Janie Arndt has been a member of SOTH for 34 years. She is thankful for all the love and support the community has given her over the years. It was truly our “village” that helped raise her kids and now her grand kids. Janie is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Wound, Ostomy, Continence care at Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies. She loves to spend time with her family and ride her bike.  Rod and Janie house share with their oldest daughter, Leta and her family; husband , Rob and kids, Sophia and John.  Janie is the council rep for the Faith Formations Ministry Team.






DSC_0110Martha Bailey, Generosity Team

Martha is a retired RN spending thirty plus years in hospital administration in Brooklyn, New York.  She joined SOTH when she got married to Ray Bailey in 2005.  Her previous church membership was at Trinity Lutheran in Brooklyn where she served as church council president or vice president for over ten years and also served as the church organist.  She finds SOTH an oasis among churches and has enjoyed meeting many friends over the past seven years.  She believes in “giving back” of the blessings God has given and is happy to be a liaison from the Generosity Team.


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Diane Patterson,  Evangelism & Outreach




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DSC_0103Pauline Eisenberg, Congregational Care Team

Retired Human Resources Specialist.  Moved to Fort Collins from California seven years ago and immediately began worshipping at Shepherd of the Hills where we soon found many friends.  Husband Gary and I have five children, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren all scattered through the western states.  I enjoy serving the congregation at SOTH, traveling in our RV, camping and riding four wheelers, and trying to grow colorful flowers during the summer months.


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DSC_0108Mark Bockhaus, Faith Formation

 I have been going to Shepherd of the Hills for my entire life, and have been baptized and confirmed here. I am a junior at Fort Collins High School. I play tennis for the school, and enjoy playing basketball as well. I really enjoy business and plan to get a business degree in college.  







DSC_0102Joy Tandberg, Worship & Music Team

I was born 5th in to a family of seven kids, to a poor family in ND. We didn’t have much, but what we did have, we cherished!  I still have many of the toys and books that we had as children.  As I started to grow, I thought about what I would like to do with my life and dreamed about being a doctor!  I realized early that I would not be able to put my self through medical school and neither could my parents.  Through grants, scholarships and student jobs, I was able to put myself through college to be an Occupational Therapist and then on to become one of the 1st Certified Hand Therapists in the World.  It is a great honor for me to be able use the letters “CHT” behind my name.  Through the time following, I have lived several different places and have loved them all!!!

I married Paul Tandberg 7 years ago and when we moved to Fort Collins we started looking for a church home.  We found this place that has a weird biker dude as the preacher, so we figured it must be a good place to be!!!  Since joining SOTH, I have become involved with Out of the Hills (or maybe known better as Out of Our Minds!!) and really do love it! I was able to realize my dream of singing in a band – of course it’s not in Carnegie Hall, but this will have to do!!   I’m sure that when they find someone new I’ll be booted out the door and will have to start doing funerals and Bar Mitzvah!!!  Seriously, I do love this church with all my heart!  You don’t see me often in the summer as my husband I ride a Harley as well (much prettier than that black one!!!) and tend to be gone most weekends in riding weather!  A couple of our passions are the Triangle Cross Ranch, and Northern Colorado Honor Flight – it would take a lot for us to miss doing something for those groups!!  And I like to take photos from the back of the bike and then scrapbook them!

But the secret about me is that I want to have my dream job (Floral Delivery Person) and do it from my dream car (midnight blue Porsche)!!    We’ll see if either one ever happens!!

I do want to thank all of you for welcoming Paul and myself into your family.  It truly does mean a lot to us!!  Thank You!!

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DSC_0101Lois Lawson, Social Concerns Team

I was born & raised in Bismarck, ND. I met my husband Dick at a Laundromat in Glasgow, Montana in 1966. Dick was in the Air Force stationed at Glasgow at the time. From there we had tours of duty to Puerto Rico, Rome, New York, Philippines, Minot AFB, ND, Grand Forks AFB, ND, Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD. Our two sons and daughters-in-law have blessed us with four grandchildren, 2 boys and twin granddaughters. All live close in Loveland and Aurora. Dick & I became members of SOTH in May of 1998, at which time I joined the Social Concerns Ministry Team. I enjoy reading, walking, traveling, and especially spending time with my family and the many wonderful friends at SOTH.

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DSC_0107 (683x1024)Dan Henderson, Buildings & Grounds Team

Dan Henderson has recently retired as a building inspector from Larimer County. He has over 40 years experience in the
building trade. He has been a member of SOTH since 1964 when his parents moved here from Fort Morgan. Dan and Sue have 2 grown daughters Becky and Christy with 6 grand children, 5 grandsons and 1 grand daughter. He enjoys fishing, antique cars, and is currently enjoying the Living word bible study.

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