Our board members help guide the Living Stones Prison Ministry. Click here to read more about the board's responsibilities. If interested in serving on this board, please contact Pastor Melanie Wallschlaeger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kris Anderson, secretary
Malcolm Carroll, member
Teresa Jackson, chair
For five years my son was incarcerated and I worried during that time about whether there was an opportunity for him to worship in prison. After visiting the Living Stones Congregation in Shelton with my church, I knew I wanted to serve in this ministry. I saw amazing messages of grace comfort the men there and saw how grateful the men were for the visits from people wanting to worship with them. I was invited to join the Living Stones Board and presently serve as board chair. Besides my work with Living Stones Board I serve on our synod’s Outreach Board and as Evangelism Chair on our church council at Peace Lutheran Church in Tacoma. I am energized about where God is leading Living Stones and Living Stones Fellowship. I look forward to doing my best with God’s help to lead our board forward to bring Jesus into the lives of men who are incarcerated and bring grace-filled opportunities to the men being released.
Vicar Mary Metzger, member
Astrid Pearson, vice-chair
I was very excited when Faith Lutheran played a major role in founding the Living Stones Prison Ministry and was in favor of providing office space in our facility for the new pastor, as well as including a monthly subsidy to Living Stones in the budget. At the time, though, I had never been inside the perimeter of any prison. The idea of worshipping at WCC seemed scary, so I never signed up for a service at that time. In the last few years, however, I realized that to express my faith, I need to get out of my comfort zone. (I truly believe that one of the most important teachings in the New Testament is that being a Christian should be uncomfortable. When we are too much at ease, we stop seeking new ways to live our faith.) After worshipping at WCC a few times, my fears went away. Instead, I discovered a level of faith and commitment among the congregants that continues to be very moving. When I was offered a Board position with Living Stones, I accepted without reservation and hope to find new ways to be of service.
Rev. Doug Peterson, treasurer
I have served as lead pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Shelton since 2018. Faith is proud to be neighbor and co-worker with the Living Stones congregation and ministry. Our proximity to the prison makes Faith a natural partner for off-site meetings and educational opportunities regarding prison ministry, as well as ministry with families affected by the incarceration of loved ones.The Apostle Peter says the the whole church is made up of "living stones," and that together we bear the Spirit of God for the sake of the world. As they say at Living Stones: We're all in this together!
Jim Shanafelt, member
I have enjoyed being part of the Living Stones Prison Congregation ministry since the Board of Directors was first established twelve years ago. I had visited the men for worship a few times when Pastor Eric Wangen-Hoch invited me to consider being a member of the new Board. I served as the Treasurer for eleven+ years and currently serve on the Board as a member at-large. I have always gravitated toward social ministry service. I especially enjoy the music at Living Stones because my voice isn't great, but as my voice harmonizes with the men's voices, I feel welcome to sing loudly along with the men. I feel Christ's strong presence every time I worship with the men of Living Stones Prison Congregation - I highly recommend the experience to everyone!
Rev. Melanie Wallschlaeger, synod advisor
My accompanying Living Stones in ministry is because of how I experience Christ through the active faith and lay leadership of those who gather each week for worship. As a Red Badge volunteer I support the congregation on the inside by attending worship and providing worship leadership when needed. As a synod advisor I work with the Living Stones Board to strengthen mission sustainability and ministry partnerships. I have served in this role since 2009 when i was called as Director for Evangelical Mission for the Southwestern Washington Synod.