Our Staff

Being part of the family of LPC is a blessing. It is a privilege to be with people as we journey in life and faith. We have gone through exciting times and difficult times together.  New ministries, deaths, fire, planting trees, floods, retreats, weddings, mission trips, baptisms, service projects, and extending care to others are some examples of life together as this particular Church Family. This is a church where members use their gifts and talents to bless others and help the church to grow. It is exciting to see how God continues to use this church in old and new ways to share God’s love.

Pastor Kari Jutila, Minister
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Pastor Kari began her ministry with Lakeside Presbyterian Church on January 1, 2008. As a lifelong Presbyterian, Minnesotan for the first 30 years of her life, and graduate of UMD, God certainly called her to the right congregation!

Kari enjoys working on projects in her home and yard, woodworking, reading, and sports.

Sandy Uttley, Christian Education Director and Visitor Involvement Coordinator
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Since childhood, Sandy has worn many hats at LPC. Her dedication began with volunteering with the youth group and participating in mission trips. In 1986 she was hired as the Visitor Involvement Coordinator and later added the CE Director’s hat to her collection.

When she has free time, Sandy enjoys crafting, knitting, and spending time with her family.

Lura Lee Ellis, Administrative Assistant
Hours: Monday, 8:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am-4:00pm

Lura Lee started work at LPC in May of 2015.  She brings a degree was in information systems, as well as experience in desktop publishing. Scrapbooking, camping, and making beaded jewelry are fun hobbies for Lura Lee. She is also an avid reader of mysteries and historical biographies.

Peggy White, Choir Director

Peggy and her husband, Tim, were married at LPC in 1983.  They attended church elsewhere for awhile, but returned with glad hearts in 2004. She began work as our choir director in September, 2008 and loves the camaraderie in the group. Peggy is active in theater and music locally. She and Tim have four grown children and eight grandchildren, and like to spend time with them as much as possible.

Alexander Chernyshev, Pianist/Organist

Alexander joined the LPC family in January, 2017. He plays the piano and organ on Sundays and accompanies the choir.

Jon Wallace, Con Brio Director

After retiring from being our organist and pianist, Joan continues to direct our handbell choir. In her free time, Joan loves to sew.

Marcia Heyser, RN – Parish Nurse

Marcia has a BS in Health Education and is a licensed RN.  She retired in Duluth in 1999 and was a school nurse for 29 years in Wisconsin.  She had her Parish Nurse Training in 1997 and is a Volunteer Parish Nurse since 1991.  In her spare time she is a Red Cross Volunteer with the VA in Superior, a volunteer reader, and likes to crochet and walk.