I’m always finding new reasons to love the Bitterroot Valley and its people! Our family was drawn back to Montana’s small-town feel and open skies from the Seattle area in 2010, and we’ve never regretted our move. Faith’s people welcomed us with warm hearts and open arms. The canyons and peaks of the South Bitterroot drew us to rocky trails, clear waters, and grand views. We are blessed to be here.
I’m a native of western Oregon, where my family still farms in the Willamette Valley south of Portland. I was raised in the steady love of Immanuel Lutheran Church (Silverton), then challenged by an expanding world at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Today I long to introduce others to the God I know through Jesus and his Spirit among us.
The life of faith has saved and gifted me in so many ways: it’s loved me at my most unloveable, brought me a little wisdom, led me to release others to live their own lives, gifted me with a wonderful husband who shares my spiritual journey (and my jogging habit!), helped me raise my kids with clear guidance and wide freedom, and extended my loving “family” by the hundreds. I delight to share the gifts of faith at church, in our community, and far afield.
My husband, Doug Peterson, also a Lutheran pastor, works as Hospice Chaplain and Volunteer Services Coordinator at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and exercises his preaching skills in small congregations in Missoula and Arlee. Our kids are Montana natives and nearly grown: Ben is a student at the University of Montana and Hannah enjoys Hamilton High.