Pastor Steve Cruys is a native of Lindstrom, MN and a graduate of Chisago Lakes High School. After attending Augsburg University in Minneapolis, and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, he served congregations in Albert Lea, Kenyon and Nerstrand, all in MN. He then entered active duty as an Army chaplain. He served a total of 34 years in the Army prior to retiring in 2019. Steve, and his wife, Connie (also a Lindstrom native), currently reside in Scandia with their dog, Maxine. They have four grown daughters, five grandchildren, and one on the way. Pastor Steve enjoys motorcycle riding, classic car restoration, fishing and reading – especially history. He is also a die hard Vikings fan.
Director of Music Ministry
Julie Riemer is from Osceola, WI and has gifts in both traditional and contemporary styles of music. Julie has served as the accompanist for the now merged congregations of Milltown Lutheran and Fristad Lutheran churches in Wisconsin, as well as Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. She has led adult and children’s choirs, organized special ensembles, and is passionate about the communal experience of music within worship. In her ‘day job’ Julie runs her own business as a financial advisor with LPL Financial. She has been active in the River Valley Swim Club, Chisago and Festival Theatre, St Croix Falls. She and her husband have two grown children
Children, Youth & Family Coordinator
Stacy has served as the Children, Youth & Family Ministry Coordinator since 2016. A graduate of Luther Seminary, Stacy has over 20 years of experience in youth and family ministry. Prior to Chisago Lake, Stacy served a congregation in Nisswa, MN. In her spare time Stacy enjoys spending time outdoors, especially in winter! She is the proud mother of her daughter Linnea.
A native of Almelund, MN, Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from North Dakota State University. She has served as the accountant at Chisago Lake Lutheran for five years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. Together, they love camping and boating. Stephanie is also a fantastic quilter and has an eye for detail!
We are excited to welcome Bob O'Neil to CLLC as our new Facilities Manager! A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Bob comes to us with 10 years' experience serving in the US Navy, a background in industrial engineering, project management, and business administration, and currently owns and operates his own handy-man business in retirement. He lives in historic Center City with his wife of 47 years and is a member of the Center City Historic Preservation Commission, Saint Croix Valley Orchestra, and Saint Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. He and his wife have 3 grown children. In his spare time, Bob enjoys hiking, fishing, golfing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. We are grateful for his wealth of experience!
Please welcome Bridget to the staff at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church as the new Office Coordinator. Bridget has an Associate in Applied Science/Legal Secretary degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She has many years of experience as an Office Manager/Administrative Assistant. Bridget was was born and raised in Fridley, MN and moved to Lino Lakes, MN where she and her husband raised their two sons. They moved to Chisago City two years ago with their awesome dog Molly. She enjoys the outdoors spending time hiking, boating, fishing, golfing and traveling. The North Shore is one of her Happy Places! She also enjoys reading, baking and watching football. GO VIKES!!! She looks forward to serving alongside you to further the mission of CLLC.
Originally from Watertown, MN, Bev was raised on a dairy farm. She is a graduate of Mankato State with a degree in home economics. Bev has worked previously in the Chisago Lakes school district, and with her husband's business in the area of accounting. Interesting fact - Bev's great grandparents are buried in Glader Cemetery and were members of CLLC.