About Us

Spirit of Joy was a mission start congregation that began in 2000, led by Pastor Josh Nelson.  In 2003, we were incorporated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Worship was held in the PAC at Buffalo High School.  By 2007, a core group of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit purchased 20 acres of land a mile north of Highway 55. We broke ground in 2009 and our new building was completed within the year. 


Pastor Barbara VanDrasek - Interim Pastor

Linda Tharaldson – Office Administrator

Sherri Larson - Pastoral Intern

Vision Team

Laurie Diethelm, President

Debbra Swanson, Secretary

Andy Atkinson, Treasurer​

Kristi Chrissis

Terry Rajala

Bruce Tharaldson

Lead Volunteers

Altar Guild – Margo Block

Classic Christians – Kathy Bye

Facilities Team – Joe Diethelm

High School Youth Ministry – Jana Thorson, Larry Eiden

Sunday School - Becky Waddell