208.773.5321 - 1011 N. Compton Street Post Falls, ID 83854

 

Our Pastor and Staff 

Calvary Lutheran Church is blessed to have an incredible team of professional staff who work together to support the ministries of the congregation and
preschool in Post Falls, Idaho.

PASTOR MATT - Rev. Matthew L. Erickson, M.Div., M.Th.
OFFICE SECRETARY - Jeanne Barrett-Usher

 

 

PRE-SCHOOL STAFF

DIRECTOR & TEACHER - Mrs. Jodene Meehan

TEACHER - Mrs. Krista Moler

TEACHER'S AIDE - Mrs. Brenda Howard

TEACHER'S AIDE - Mrs. Jody Laufenberg

 

 

Rev. Matthew L. Erickson, M.Div., M.Th.
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Pastor Matt is so thankful for the love and work of Jesus in his life. He is a husband and father who is called to serve as pastor to Calvary Lutheran Church in Post Falls. Matthew is a disciple of Jesus humbly seeking to do God’s will while leaning completely and fully on God’s grace. During the school year the highlight of Pastor Matt’s week is Pre-school chapel and he looks forward to every opportunity he gets to interact with the pre-school students.

Pastor Matt’s family consists of his wife Kristin and three daughters: Linnea, Sonja, and Mira. Together they try to live lives of love, joy, and simplicity. They love Post Falls and are blessed to make their home here.

Pastor Matt has a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Masters of Theology from Luther Seminary. He has over a decade of full-time ministry experience plus several years of part-time ministry experience. He has a deep passion for theology which means he loves to wrestle alongside you as you seek answers to life's deep questions.

If you’re looking for a way to get to know Pastor Matt better, or even better to allow him to get to know you, the easiest way is to invite him out for a cup of coffee or a glass of beer.  

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton.

FAVORITE BIBLE PASSAGE: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2: 8-10

 

Jeanne Barrett-Usher
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Jeanne is our office secretary and works in a support role making possible the ministries of Calvary Lutheran Church and Pre-school. She works Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Jeanne is a transplanted east-coaster, raised in Brooklyn in a Norwegian-speaking home. She went to church school most of her learning years, but at 16 went to high school in Hawaii, and fell in love with the Islands. Jeanne is married and gave birth to her 3 children on the island of Maui, and then moved to Yakima, Washington where she raised the kids and worked for various government offices. Her recent move to Idaho has been a dream come true, to be amidst such beauty and around people with loving, caring attitudes. Jeanne feels like she has ‘come home’.

FAVORITE BIBLE PASSAGE: "But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

 

PRE-SCHOOL STAFF


We are blessed and thankful to have experienced, professional staff working for our preschool. At Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Post Falls, we ensure that our team has the training needed to support your child, not only in their growth and learning academically, but also spiritually.

Our Post Falls preschool staff takes continuing education classes every year, so their teaching skills are fresh and current. Some of their recent courses include kindergarten readiness, phonemic awareness, and Love ‘n Logic.

All Calvary Lutheran Preschool staff members have passed a thorough background check and remain current in their infant/child CPR and first aid certifications. We are accredited through the State of Idaho as part of the Idaho Stars program.

 

MRS. JODENE MEEHAN, DIRECTOR & TEACHER
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Mrs. Meehan has been with Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Post Falls, Idaho since 1996. She became the director in 2001. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Montana. Prior to joining Calvary Lutheran Preschool, Mrs. Meehan taught in the public school system for six years. She loves spending time with her husband, Jim, and their three active daughters. All of her daughters attended Calvary Lutheran Preschool in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. In her free time, Mrs. Meehan enjoys playing volleyball, working with kids of all ages, coaching, reading, and gardening.

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Bark George by Jules Feiffer and Go Dog Go, Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

ONE OF HER MEMORABLE PRESCHOOL EXPERIENCES:
"One of my favorite memories as a teacher was when a boy in my class, Marcus, had just finished passing out a snack. He sat down to eat his granola bar when suddenly he started to rip off his shirt. I was so shocked, as he was a very quiet boy, and I didn't know what to think. Mrs. Howard started laughing and asked him what he was doing. It turns out, he had passed out Hulk granola bars and was transforming into the Hulk."

 

MRS. KRISTA MOLER, TEACHER
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Mrs. Moler has been working at Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Post Falls, Idaho since 2011. She first joined the team as a teacher aide and is now enjoying being a classroom teacher. Mrs. Moler has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Montana State University with minors in Early Childhood Education and Math. Her prior professional experience includes teaching first grade. Mrs. Moler grew up in South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Chris. Together they have two beautiful children who attended Calvary Lutheran Preschool in the late 2000’s and who always keep her busy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, gardening, and reading.

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: "For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes, actually almost anything by Kevin Henkes or Audrey Wood.

ONE OF HER MEMORABLE PRESCHOOL EXPERIENCES:
"My memory is actually from when my own children attended Calvary Lutheran Preschool. I have a favorite picture of my two children in my living room; it’s a picture of my daughter’s first day at preschool. In this photo, she is four, and my son is one. They are hugging, and they both have their special new backpacks on. When my son was one, he had to do everything that his older sister did. He was especially watchful when she went to preschool. My daughter got a backpack for preschool, so my son had to have one, too. Then on the first day of preschool, as my daughter was hanging up her backpack, my son looked around for his hook to hang his backpack on. Of course, there wasn't one, but the teachers were so very nice. They found a special hook for my son and even gave him his own nametag. I definitely try to be that kind of teacher."

 

MRS. BRENDA HOWARD, TEACHER'S AIDE

Mrs. Howard has been working at Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Post Falls since 2000. She enjoys working with the children immensely. Mrs. Howard has been happily married to her husband, Bruce, since 1986. She has two wonderful children, a daughter, Krysta, and son, Matthew. Both of her children attended Calvary Lutheran Preschool in the mid to late 90’s. Mrs. Howard also owns and operates a specialty (faux) painting business, Two and Faux, with her longtime friend.

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1.

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

ONE OF HER MEMORABLE PRESCHOOL EXPERIENCES:
"The preschool (children, family, and friends) took a field trip to the movie theater to see Frozen. Many of the girls were dressed up as Anna or Elsa. All of the children were thrilled to be at the movies with their friends. It was so much fun to experience all of the excitement."

 

MRS. JODY LAUFENBERG, TEACHER'S AIDE

Mrs. Laufenberg has just joined the Calvary Lutheran Preschool staff after sending two daughters through our program and participating as a parent for several years. She has four girls, the youngest of whom, Makinlee, was born in 2008. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart since 1990, and together they own Strate Line Crane and Rigging. With all of her kids getting older, Mrs. Laufenberg missed being around young children and was looking for a part time job to fill some of that time that was dedicated to caring for her own kids at home. Calvary Lutheran Preschool provided her with the perfect opportunity, and Calvary is thrilled to have her.

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: "Better a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is crooked in his ways and rich." Proverbs 19:1

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS: When You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.

ONE OF HER MEMORABLE PRESCHOOL EXPERIENCES:
"I just love it when I am at the store, or anywhere outside of the preschool, and I see one of our students. They are always overjoyed and shocked that I am anywhere besides their school."

 

 
 

Calvary Lutheran Church
And Preschool
1011 N. Compton St.
Post Falls, ID 83854
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Ph: 208.773.5321

 
     

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1011 N. Compton St.
Post Falls, ID 83854
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