Meet Our Staff

Gary Andersen
Lead Pastor
I was called to serve at American Lutheran in July 2012. A graduate of Luther Seminary, I have served congregations in Lakefield, MN, Rice Lake, WI, Bloomington, MN, and a brief interim period at Gaylord, MN. Prior to being called to ordained ministry, my first career was in small business in the area of publishing. My wife Diane and I have three adult children and seven grandchildren. Michelle and family live in Shakopee, MN; Tim and family live in Mullen, NE; and Jon and family live in Bellevue, NE. Together Diane and I enjoy spending time with family and especially spoiling the grandchildren. We also like camping, boating, bicycling and hiking. I also enjoy taking on home improvement projects.
Sandy Carpenter
Interim Associate Pastor
Pastor Sandy was called to American Lutheran as an Interim Associate Pastor in December 2018, and is enjoying working on a church staff for the first time. A graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA, she previously served as a solo pastor in congregations in Western North Dakota, as well as on the Western North Dakota Synod Council. Before that, she worked as a Parish Administrator, a Church Secretary, a Legal Secretary and a bank service representative. She has two sons — Troy & his wife, Abby, who live in Lakeville, MN; and Mike & his wife, Amanda, who live in Woodbury, MN; and 4 grandchildren whom she describes as wonderful: Dylan, Tyler, Nick and Michaela. Pastor Sandy’s hobbies are any and varied, from reading; to listening to and playing music; to traveling; to tubing behind a boat with grandchildren, and so much more! She love adventures of all kinds!
Jessica Peil
Office Manager
I joined the American Lutheran staff in December 2015, I was born and raised in Worthington, MN. I went to college at MN West, Worthington, where I received my Business Management degree and moved to Lakefield after for about 7 years until we moved back closer to home and now live in Brewster, MN. My husband, Brandon, and I have 2 young children, Makenzie & Blake who keep up busy. But also keep busy with owning our own business, Custom Graphics, where we specialize in vinyl decals, embroidery, screen printing and more.  In our free time we enjoy camping, four-wheeling, spending time outside and just being together as a family.
Stacy Bickett
Youth Director
I have been working with youth and volunteers for over 25 years and joined the American Lutheran Ministry Team in September 2013.  My husband Tim and I have three children Kendrick, Emmett and Karissa and we enjoy spending time together as a family camping, playing games and volunteering.
Sylvia Andersen
Worship & Music Coordinator
I have been on staff at ALC since January 2007. As worship/music coordinator, I work closely with the pastors to plan an organize the music components of the various worship services. I grew up as a farm girl near Marion, SD, attended college at SDSU in Brookings, SD and have lived in Clark, SD, Canton, SD and no in Worthington, MN. I read to relax and want to travel more. My husband, Michael, and I have 2 grown children, Miranda & Alex. My daughter is married to Dan and they have one child, Gracie. We also count numerous rescue cats as part of our family.
Kristin Appel
Children & Family Ministry Coordinator
Before coming on staff, Kristin volunteered as a preschool Sunday school teach, served on various committees and helped with VBS. Kristin earned her B.S. degree in Elementary education from Minnesota State University and taught 2nd/3rd grade for several years, before taking time off to simultaneously raise two daughters and pursue a writing career. Kristin enjoys gourmet food, historic places and paths less traveled.