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Mary Fastenau

Church Council Co-President, Social Ministries Committee member

Mary Fastenau at her desk at her

Mary Fastenau at her desk at her “real” job.

My idea of a perfect day is... watching as many college football games as possible with my husband at my side.

My biggest challenge is... finding enough time in a day to do all the things I want to do.

My life verse is... “Make a decision and then make it the right decisoin.”

My favorite children’s book is... Ferdinand, the Bull by Munro Leaf. It was written in 1936 and is a legacy passed on from my amazing mother.

My last meal would be... my husband’s famous beef stew.

My worst habit is... over committing and then feeling guilty.

I am happiest... surrounded by friends and family.

My favorite Bible character is... Doubting Thomas. Maybe not my favorite, but I do relate more than I should.

Transforming experience(s) in my life have been... my confirmation day, seeing God’s majesty as I crossed the ocean in a sailboat, the passage of Reconciling in Christ for the Pacific Synod when I was a delegate.

I was born... in Lexington, Nebraska, and grew up in Bertrand, Nebraska, current population 753.

The best advice I could give a 20 year old is... Love every phrase of your life and know it just keeps getting better.

My guilty pleasure is... a wonderful glass of chardonnay.

My favorite sports team is... the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

I stay at LCH because... of the people. It is my spiritual home, filled with people who will ask hard questions and always be there for me.

I grew up in rural Nebraska attending Hope Lutheran Church, the church my great grandfather helped found. I started my professional life in the newspaper business and worked in Iowa, Indiana, and California. I sailed to Hawai‘i with my husband in 1989 and have been here ever since, much to my surprise and delight. I am a partner in Anthology Marketing Group, a local communications company where I’m allegedly in charge of the Internet division. My actual job is to be a human bulldozer to let an amazing team of people do great work.

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