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The Team

 All Salem members are part of the team! We are called to minister as Jesus asked of his followers.


However, below are the paid staff members of Salem:

Rollie Bockbrader-  Pastor

Pastor Rollie Bockbrader joined our staff as a part-time, short term pastor in January 2010.  He officially became our permanent, full-time pastor on September 1, 2011. He comes to us with twenty-five years of ordained ministry experience including being one of the pastors at Our Savior's Lutheran in Cloquet, the Executive Director of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry (Camps Hiawatha and Vermilion) and assistant to former Bishops Roger Munson and Peter Strommen of our Northeastern Minnesota Synod.

Pastor Rollie is married to Tracy, a Carlton High School science teacher.  They live in Esko with their two children.  Hannah is a first-year student at UMD and Jonah is a 10th grader at Esko High School.

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Sara Hudson- Youth Coordinator

Sara is our part tme youth coordinator and works mainly with the confirmation and YAPP kids.
However, she also helps out with Sunday School by leading our closing time with song and prayer.

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    Beth Erdmann- Office Manager
   Jana Peterson- Administrative Assistant
   Lisa Forsell- Music Director

Although Lisa plays piano and organ for us during worship services, the piano is her choice of instruments as she majored in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She also majored in Music Education-Vocal.  Lisa plays most band instruments as she has been a middle school band teacher.

Lise came to Salem for a job, but became a member because, "the congregation is open and loving and friendly.'  Lisa enjoys her position at Salem because she can play whatever she wants and she likes the kinds of music she gets to play. Lisa also has a vocal gift and sings with Salem's vocal group, Joyful Noise.




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