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Sr. Noreen Stevens

Directing Deaconess

Sr. Noreen Stevens

Sr. Noreen’s Background

Sister Noreen Stevens has been part of the Deaconess Community of the ELCA, ELCIC for 29 years. She Began her ministry as a First Grade teacher at Prince of Peace Lutheran School in Chicago, Illinois. She continued her diaconal ministry, serving congregations, in St. Luke’s in Park Ridge, Illinois and Living Waters in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. She then served as the Director of the Eastern Minnesota Resource Center in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Director of Vocation and Education for the Deaconess Community. In these roles she provided resourcing for congregations and leaders. In her most recent call, she has served 8 years as Assistant to the Bishop for Vocational Formation in the Saint Paul Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

While serving in these roles, she served on several task forces and advisory groups, which allowed for a diaconal voice to be woven into the outcome of the groups’ work.  These included ELCA Call Process Task Force, ELCA Theological Education Advisory Council and a Clinical Pastoral Education Advisory Group. She also served on committees of the Deaconess Community and its Board of the Directors, as well as working on focused strategic planning over these last 29 years. This has provided opportunities for learning and leadership development, while always dwelling in the “love of Christ which controls us” (II Corinthians 5:14).


Sr. Noreen’s work at the Deaconess Community

Sr. Noreen works to develop community both with the members (sisters) of the Deaconess Community and with people and organizations who partner with the Deaconess Community.

In this role, she provides pastoral care for the members and represents the Deaconess Community to the ELCA, the border church, Mission Grant recipients, ecumenical partners, and the world.

Sr. Noreen and Sr. Liz Colver, director of vocation and education, provide day-to-day leadership of the Deaconess Community.


Sr. Noreen’s Family

Sr. Noreen lives in Centerville, Minnesota with her husband, Doug, a Federal Probation Officer, and four dogs. Her oldest son, Dakota, recently moved to the New York Metro area where he will continue with his academic work in anthropology with an emphasis in museum curation. Her youngest son, Colten, is his third year of college in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where he is studying social work.