Meet Our Staff

Church Staff

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Karen LindbloomPart-time Music Coordinator

Karen and Dr. B.O. Lindbloom (deceased) have two sons, Chris and Rodd Bauck. Karen has been directing the Faith choir for over 38 years and has been a member of Faith since 1973. Her education includes a B.S. degree in vocal and instrumental music from Moorhead State University, Minnesota, and a M.M. degree in applied music from the University of South Dakota. She taught elementary music at St Joseph School for six years and was a part of the Capital City Children's Chorus for eight years. Karen has done additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota and St. John's University. She is an accompanist at T.F. Riggs in Pierre.

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Helen KiepkeOffice Administrator

Helen grew up in Blunt, SD and attended grade school in Blunt. She attended Blunt High School for one year and then Blunt & Onida consolidated schools to become Sully Buttes. She graduated in 1973 and went on to attend Black Hills State College. In 1978, Helen took a job working for Lucas & Theim department store in Pierre and was there for 10-11 years. She then went to work for Marc Ford at Metro City convenience store and was there four years before going to work for Marc Ford at Marc’s Pump & Pack by the Mall until he sold the business. Helen then managed the Pretzelmaker in the Mall for Marc for several years and was working full-time at Riddle’s Jewelry. After closing Pretzelmaker, she continued to work at Riddle’s Jewelry in the Mall and has been there for 15 years.

Helen has been in the office administrator position since January 2, 2008. She does quite a variety of things in this job and that in itself makes it interesting. Helen has worked with many wonderful people here at Faith. We truly are a “family” who cares for and about each other. That isn’t always the case with other jobs.

Helen joined Faith in 1982 by transferring from Trinity Lutheran at Blunt.

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Ron NelsonDirector of Facilities

Ron grew up on a small farm north east of Burke SD. He and his wife Sylvia moved to Pierre from Winner in 2000. At that time, Ron  started to work at the Hughes County Jail. In 2002, their daughter Amanda was born and recently graduated from Mitchell Tech. Sylvia has worked at Bank West for almost 20 years. After 22 years, Ron retired from the Hughes County Jail. Ron is still optimistic that the Vikings will win a Super Bowl.

Carolyn RyckmanBusiness Manager

Carolyn grew up in Forbes, ND on a dairy farm. She graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and went on to become a Certified Public Accountant. She was employed by the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit for ten years. After starting a family with her husband Dennis, Carolyn worked from home writing visual basic computer systems. Twenty years ago Dennis began a database/web site development company where she also currently works. Carolyn began as the Faith Lutheran Church business manager in the Fall of 2020. Carolyn enjoys working at the church in this new role in the Faith Lutheran Church family.

Dennis and Carolyn married in 1987. The Lord has blessed them with three children, Samuel, Cassandra, and Joshua. Dennis and Carolyn have enjoyed leading a mission trip to Mexico since 2018 to share the Gospel on both sides of the border and build homes for those in Juarez, Mexico. Carolyn enjoys serving the Lord in many ways including as church organist, Sunday School teacher, Rent-A-Worker projects, and sharing God’s good news of our Savior where she can. To God be the Glory in all things.

Carolyn joined Faith in 1986 by transferring from Faith Lutheran at Forbes, ND.

Daycare Staff

Kim Jensen Daycare Co-Director

I was born and raised in Wessington Springs , SD. I am married for 26 yrs to Shaun and have 3 wonderful children. Our daughter Jordan 26 yrs, oldest son Thomas 22 yrs, and youngest son Coltan 13 yrs. We are blessed with our first grandson in July. I ran my own home daycare in Blunt, SD for over 17 plus years and at different center based daycares over 10 yrs.  I have been doing trainings for the ECE program off and on for the last 15 yrs.  I am continuing to do trainings part time for ECE.  My hobbies are my chickens, garden, and knitting. I do a lot of canning and am always looking for new recipes to try.

Mandy VogelDaycare Co-Director

I was born in Pierre and moved to Mitchell for 5 years and then never left until I went to Lake Are Technical Institution for Cosmetology. I have been in the daycare for over 25 years, I ran my own in home daycare for 7 years. I also worked with the ECE department at The Right Turn for 2 years. I have two beautiful children. Alyssa is 16 and a junior in high school, Aiden is 13 and a 8th grader at GMMS. I love to camp, spend time with family, love watching football and bowling.

Preschool Staff

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Kelsey KampfePreschool Director/Teacher

Mrs. Kampfe was born and raised here in Pierre. Her passion for kids started at a young age. She started baby sitting at the age of 13 and loves working with kids. In high school, she took a class that allowed her to go into the elementary schools and help out during the day. She went on to get her degree in Early Childhood and Human Services, graduating in 2010. She then moved back to Pierre where she started her career working at Jefferson Elementary in the Early Childhood and Special Education Class room where she worked for 7 years before taking a preschool director/teacher position. Mrs. Kampfe works closely with some of the kindergarten teachers in the district to stay up to date on kindergarten readiness requirements. She also likes to try and attend a yearly conference to learn more ways to help the kids learn, and build their knowledge. Kelsey and her husband Daris have two children, Kaylee and Kaden, and they love being on the river!

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Serena TownsendTeacher Assistant

Serena Townsend grew up on a ranch west of town and north of Hayes, SD. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Peter and two children, Trigg and Trailyn. She loves working with children and is excited for a fun school year.