Meet Our Staff:

PD no hatPastor Dana Peterson:

I have been pastor at “SOTH” since September of 2009; before that I served parishes in Minnesota and North Dakota before “breaking free” and coming to Colorado. I also had the opportunity to serve as Executive Vice President of Youth Encounter—what a great journey to be on! I have three sons, three terrific daughters-in-law, and one daughter. I am recently married to Karen, and together we have started a new chapter in our lives. It looks to be quite a ride here at Shepherd of the Hills! I love to ski and to ride my Harley and I’m attempting to learn the nuance of fly-fishing. I also enjoy playing my bass guitar with the Lost Sheep and playing a bit of tennis.


Deb Abbott, Visitation Pastor:

We are all called by God to share the gospel and serve in many different ways. I enjoy serving as a pastor and doing the work of the church and am excited to join your visitation ministry at Shepherd of the Hills. I was born and raised in the sunny land of Fresno, California and am a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Between college and seminary I spent a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Washington D.C. Since my ordination in 2006 I have served congregations in Billings and Kalispell, Montana and currently serve as Campus Pastor for Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.  I live in Fort Collins with my husband Brad Abbott, who is the Executive Director of Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp.



DianDiane pic [1407]e Knappenberger, Office Manager:

I’ve been a member of Shepherd of the Hills since 2004, but I’ve been a Lutheran all my life. After spending 30 years working in IT, I’m so thrilled to be the Office Manager for SOTH! I get a chance to use my organization skills, and work with some awesome people, all at the same time! In my spare time, I am an avid photographer and traveler, and of course spending time with my mom, Donna, and my sister and her husband, Debbie and Rich.

 O-GRADY-SueSue O’Grady, Financial Associate:

I have been a part of Shepherd of the Hills for over 20 years and I have worked as Financial Associate for the past two years.  I enjoy the people here and feel very fortunate to be a part of this church’s mission.  Originally from Boulder, I attended CSU and graduated with a business degree.  After college, I worked in the banking industry in Denver, but my husband, Jim, and I always wanted to return to Fort Collins. I got the chance when Anheuser-Busch opened their brewery in Fort Collins.  I worked for the brewery for ten years, eventually leaving to raise my children and help my parents.  Now I work part-time for the church and seasonally preparing taxes.  We have two nearly-grown sons that we just adore.  Outside of family activities, I spend my time poking around graveyards and researching my family history online.
Amie Adams Mortenson, Director of Service and Outreach, Director of Children’s Education:

As the newest member of the SOTH staff, I am very excited to work as both the Director of Service and Outreach and the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. I grew up in Clear Lake, Iowa, and attended college at Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa, before moving to Fort Collins with my husband, Kaleb. I received a B.A. from Northwestern, where I studied Writing & Rhetoric and Religion. I have a huge passion for the environment, so I do a lot of nature writing, and I am always looking for ways to get involved with creation care. I hope to incorporate my love for the environment into my role as Director of Service and Outreach because I believe that one of the best ways we can make tangible our love for God and our neighbor is by caring for the world around us. I also spent five years as a camp counselor, so I am excited to work with youth of all ages at SOTH and to help coordinate Sunday School activities!

Tony picTony Ouradnik, Organist: Tony’s email
Tony was born in Minnesota but grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in May 2015 and moved to Colorado shortly thereafter. He loves drawing, photography, cooking and skiing. 



SethWSeth Woodring, Youth Intern:

My name is Seth Woodring, and I am so excited to be the new FOCOLU intern at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. I can’t wait to start interacting with the congregation and living out God’s call for me here in Fort Collins. I am currently a sophomore at CSU studying Natural Resource management. In my free time I love to run, hike, hammock, and do pretty much anything outside.




KeKevin Dragsethvin Dragseth, FoCoLu Ministry:

My name is Kevin Dragseth and I am beyond delighted to be the Faith formation Minister for Fort Collins Lutherans, otherwise known as FOCOLU. I look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know your families. A little background on myself: My wife Katie and I have been married since 2006. We have two children, Addison who was born in 2010 and Andrew who was born in 2013. Our family loves to be outdoors and we love to watch any sports. We attend a lot of professional sporting events and spend a lot of time in the mountains or on a midwest lake camping.
LouieLouie Hernandez, Custodian

My name is Louie. I am 21 years old and I live with my family. I Have one 9 year old brother named Alan and a 14 year old sister named Stephanie. I am the only one in my family with a disability. I have Asperger’s syndrome and I do have problems getting involved in parties and making friends. However, I don’t think of aspergers as a disability. In fact, I think of Asperger’s as an advantage in life.  I have a passion in the zoology field. I am currently attending front range community college to get my associate of science degree and then transfer to csu and major in zoology. I want to specialize in all animal fields including: mammology, herpetology, ornithomology, ichthyology, and last but not least, paleozoology (that includes dinosaurs and other ancient animals such as mammoths and ancient fishes). When I’m in a zoo, aquarium or nature museum, I am always entertained and I never want to leave. All in all, I am a very friendly person that also loves to make people happy when they are in a bad mood and as long as I see animals and dinosaur fossils, I am a very happy person. I’m the zoology man!!!