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

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!

Crystal Niemann
Crystal Niemann
Administrative Assistant

Crystal has worked for Peace as the Administrative Assistant on and off since 2011. She is stationed at the Front Desk when she is here. She handles all calendar questions, answers the phone and is also Pastor's assistant. When she's not at work, she enjoys crafting, sewing, and being outside with her 2 boys.

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.

Rhona Mullen
Rhona Mullen
Head Infant 2 Teacher

Rhona has worked for Peace since 2013. Rhona is a true asset to transitioning infants to a group schedule instead of their individual schedules they have in Infant 1. Rhona's favorite song is "If you're Happy and You Know It", and loves to sing and dance with the kids. In her free-time, she likes to go on motorcycle rides with her husband, Kris and hang out with her daughters.

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.

Abby Christiansen
Abby Christiansen
Head Toddler 1 Teacher

Abby has been with Peace since 2016 as a college student. She spent most of her college days in the Infant rooms. Since graduating from SDSU, she has taken on the leadership role in Toddler 1. In her free time she coaches gymnastics and enjoys spending time with her nieces.

Sami Carlson
Sami Carlson
Head Toddler 2 Teacher

Sami graduated from SDSU in December of 2018 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten Endorsement. She first started working at Peace in August 2016 to August 2017. After the school year finished Sami came back to Peace in June of 2018. Sami loves being part of the messy amazing learning experiences working with her toddlers. While she’s not at work she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, going to concerts, and traveling. She is excited to help the children learn and grow at Peace!

Liz Buchholz
Liz Buchholz
Head Preschool 1 Teacher

I have been with Peace since 2017 as a college student working mostly with the toddlers and preschool classrooms. I graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education (birth-8) with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I also have a specialization with a Kindergarten Endorsement. Since graduating, I started taking over the leadership role in the Preschool 1 classroom. I love that I am able to create new and strong relationships with the staff and the kiddos while I am at work. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching Netflix, and hanging out with my little cousins right here in Brookings!

Erin Blase
Erin Blase
Head Preschool 3 Teacher

Erin graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. Early Childhood Education Birth-8 and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. While she was in college she worked for Peace in the downstairs classrooms. She also did her Preschool Practicum here at Peace in the preschool classrooms. In July 2018, Erin moved into her position as Lead Preschool 3 teacher. Erin loves being able to work with the children on getting ready for school and allowing them to explore their creativity. She also loves that her own children get to spend time at Peace, and establish incredible relationships with their friends and other teachers. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family. They enjoy tasting new foods, playing games, and playing with their two crazy cats.

Caitlin Dieger
Caitlin Dieger
Junior Kindergarten Teacher

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Sara Fulton
Sara Fulton
Head Cook

Sara has been in charge of the Kitchen since 2015. She loves serving nutritious meals to our kids 3 times a day. When Sara's not in our kitchen, she's chasing her 2 kiddos around, or competing in Roller Derby.