Pastor Tim Rynearson
Pastor Tim Rynearson
Principal

Pastor Tim graduated from Concordia Seminary in 1985. He has been pastor at Peace Lutheran since 1996. Along with his pastoral duties, he is Principal of the ECC Center, and teaches at the Institute of Lutheran Theology.

Stacy K. Sahr
Stacy K. Sahr
Early Childhood Director

Stacy is first and foremost a mom of 4 boys, Kaig, Seth, Benjamin and Jake. She has worked at Peace since 1998. She has a Child Development Associates degree. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, rummaging, crafting, boating at Okoboji, and reading. She loves watching the kids at Peace ECC learn new things, and seeing that moment when they understand they can do things themselves and how things work. She also loves her co-workers and the team work they share and support they give one another. Being able to share God's Word with the children makes her job extra special. Stacy adds, "I'm so proud of our Church and Center! We have come a long way and have provided a much needed service to our community!"

Ruth Rynearson
Ruth Rynearson
Assistant Director/Cook

Ruth Rynearson has been employed at Peace Lutheran Early Childhood Center since August of 1998. During her years here she has worked in many different capacities. Ruth started out as the preschool teacher. From there she moved to working only in our Daycare Center, where in addition to being the assistant director, she has been an assistant teacher in most of the rooms as well as the Waddler teacher. About 7 years ago Ruth made the switch to being the full time cook. As our center has grown her responsibilities as the assistant director have grown as well. Currently Ruth manages the kitchen and does whatever tasks she needs to do to help Stacy our director with running our center. The thing Ruth likes most about her job is being able to spend time with young children who are excited about learning new things and sharing their enthusiasm about life with others. She is also happy that she is able to share the love of Jesus with the children she comes in contact with on a daily basis. Ruth is married to a wonderful man named Tim, she has two great children (three counting her son-in-law), and two amazing grandchildren!

Shannon Deardoff
Shannon Deardoff
Head Infant 1 Teacher

Shannon graduated from SDSU with her B.S. in Early Childhood Birth to age 8 and a Special Education Endorsement. While in college she worked for Peace for two years. She returned in the fall of 2012 and spent one year teaching Preschool. In August 2013, Shannon moved into her current position as Lead Infant 1 teacher. During her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and friend, taking pictures, and creating photo books.

Sara Gerasch
Sara Gerasch
Head Infant 2 Teacher

Sara has worked at since September 2002. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Minnesota West in Granite Falls, MN. At work, she enjoys working with all the great people that work here, and that she's able to bring her own children to the Center and see them as often as she can throughout the day. Outside of work, she enjoys rummage sales and spending time with family and friends.

Heidi Christensen
Heidi Christensen
Head Waddler Teacher

Heidi graduated from SDSU in December 2012 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - 5) and Kindergarten Endorsement and a minor in Human Development. She worked at Peace throughout college. She loves working with the all of the children, and to see them grown and learn more and more everyday. Outside of work, Heidi enjoy spending time with family and friends and spending time outdoors.

Brittany Bush
Brittany Bush
Head Toddler 1 Teacher

Brittany has been the Head Toddler 1 Teacher since August 2016! She has been working at Peace Lutheran ECC since June 2014. In her room, she loves to make "creations" in the sensory tables! She really enjoys working in a place that gives kids the opportunity to not only let their minds grow but their love for Jesus, too. In her time outside of Peace, she loves to spend it with friends & family, babysitting, and do crazy Pinterest crafts (which always end up in the classroom)!

Sarina Ylitalo
Sarina Ylitalo
Head Toddler 2 Teacher

Teacher Sarina graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education Birth-Age 5 from SDSU. She also obtained minors in both Spanish and Leadership. She has had previous student teaching experience in a 4/5 year-old and 3/4 year-old classroom. She's excited to see what kinds of books, lessons, and experiences she will to explore with her students!

Micah Wiese
Micah Wiese
Head Preschool 1 Teacher
Jenna Dietel
Jenna Dietel
Head Preschool 2 Teacher
Tina Reyes
Tina Reyes
Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Teacher Tina joined us in June of 2016. She is in love with the environment she has been given to teach in. She graduated from Southwest Florida College with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and currently attending Ashford University Online to recieve her B.A in Early Childhood Education Administration Degree. She has always wanted a big family, is blessed with 2 amazing children. A daughter Samantha and 2 grandchildren. Her son Nelson currently lives in Tampa Florida where he is equipment manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Becoming a part of Peace Lutheran has given her the chance to have the big family she has always wanted. Preparing the children for Kindergarten is so rewarding. Her favorite thing to do is host family events like Grandparents Day, My Special Hero Day and Graduation. Family means the world to her therefore, encouraging memory making is important. In her spare time she enjoys Karaoke, singing at Gracepoint on their Praise and worship team and of course getting anytime she can with the grandkids. She loves having the ability to share the word of Christ with the children around her.