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
Email: PastorKari@LakesidePresChurch.org
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!

Sandy Uttley, Christian Education Director and Visitor Involvement Coordinator
Email: Sandy@LakesidePresChurch.org
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.

Lura Lee Ellis, Administrative Assistant
Email: LakesidePresChurch@gmail.com
Hours: Monday, 8:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Lura Lee started work at LPC in May of 2015. Scrapbooking, camping, and making beaded jewelry are fun hobbies for Lura Lee. She is also an avid reader of mysteries and historical biographies.

Josh Linder – Custodian

Josh was born in Duluth and has lived here his entire life. He graduated from Denfeld High School in 2012 and loves spending time outdoors, fishing, grilling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Peggy White, Choir Director
Email: peggy.changeofpace.white@gmail.com

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.

Alexander Chernyshev, Pianist/Organist

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

Joan Wallace, Con Brio Director

After retiring from being our organist and pianist, Joan continues to direct our handbell choir.