Mourning for Pastor Stephanie

With profound sadness we share the news that Pastor Stephanie Coltvet Erdmann died Thursday, September 6 at 11:00 pm. 

  • Video of Pastor Stephanie’s funeral at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, on Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

  • Pastor Stephanie’s obituary

  • Complete worship service audio - September 9, 2018 - Remembering Pastor Stephanie

  • Letter from ECLC President Karen Graham

  • Letter from Pastor Jeff Sartain

  • Visit the family's page for more information.



Pastor Stephanie Coltvet Erdmann, beloved child of God, completed her baptismal journey on September 6, 2018 when she died of complications resulting from a heart attack. We deeply mourn her passing as we also give thanks for her loving, vibrant and passionate ministry among us beginning in 2014. We invite your prayers for our congregation and especially for her family as we grieve.

“If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” - Romans 14:8-9

What is your favorite story in the Bible?

Mark 4:35-41. In tumultuous times, it's good to know that Jesus isn't sleeping, but is in the same boat with us after all.

Pastor Stephanie Coltvet Erdmann - a Minnesota native - grew up in Rochester, attended Concordia College in Moorhead, and Luther Seminary. Prior to being called to serve as pastor with ECLC, she ventured West to serve Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Washington (not Iowa) before returning to Minnesota to serve Transfiguration Lutheran in Bloomington. Stephanie loves God and loves people, which is a fantastic combination for pastoral ministry. Stephanie and her husband Paul have full hands and even fuller hearts since the birth of twins August and Madeline in 2014, and Miles in 2016. Her favorite travel adventures include volunteering in a remote village in Nepal and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Her eclectic musical interests have led her to play violin with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, fiddle on the side, and become a founding member of the Current.