Meet Our Staff!

Pastor Charles Degner has served as pastor as Saint Peter Lutheran Church since 1986. Prior to moving to Saint Peter, he served at Faith Lutheran Church in Prior Lake, MN. Pastor Degner and his wife Linda have been blessed with six grown children and a number of grandchildren. To contact Pastor Degner, send him an email at or call him at 507-327-2426.

Pastor Nathan Nass has served our congregation since he graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2013. As part of his training for ministry, he and his wife Emily had the chance to serve churches in Sharpsburg, GA and Houston, TX. Pastor Nass is fluent in Spanish and leads our weekly Spanish services. He and Emily are blessed with two young boys – Isaiah and Samuel. To contact Pastor Nass, send him an email at or call or text him at 507-217-6276.

Jim Bakken has served as our congregation’s staff minister since 1991. Trained as a teacher at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, Jim currently served as our Minister of Music and the Administrator of our Saint Peter Lutheran School and Little Lambs Preschool. Jim and his wife Deb are blessed with two grown children.

Bonnie Jaster serves as our administrative assistant for both our church and school. She can be reached by calling our church and school office at 507-931-1866 or emailing