Lisa Rykken Kastler

Lisa Rykken Kastler
Director of Congregational Ministry

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Lisa Rykken Kastler joined the Our Saviour’s staff in August, 2020, thinking she was only staying a few months as an interim worker. After two years, she realized she didn’t want to leave and enjoyed the ministry and culture of Our Saviour’s, so she stayed. Her love for people and Jesus (not in that order) are what defines her. Lisa has spent 25+ years in  congregational ministry in a number of ELCA churches in the Twin Cities. Lisa appreciates her Lutheran heritage and leans into grace throughout her life. 

The northern suburbs have been home to Lisa most of her life. She and her husband, Brent, have one amazing daughter and a wonderful son-in-law, who love living in the Boston area. Lisa’s artistic husband was trained and worked as a graphic designer for years, but recently shifted his artistic endeavors solely to Christian art. They like to travel, exploring new places together, whether it’s a Midwestern small town, a large US city, or parts of other continents.

Something you may not know about Lisa is that, though she has worked in ministry for 30+ years, Lisa has a background in theater and is a trained voice actor and loves to use her voice to make words and stories come alive. Oh, and her love of people also lead her to be a licensed Minnesota Realtor.   On a day off, Lisa has been known to pack it with hours of friend meetings. Lisa was well into adulthood before she realized there were introverts in the world and was shocked to realize she had married one.