Council & Staff

Thomas Guzman

Council President
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PEACE Lutheran Church is led by a volunteer council of 12 members who are elected by the congregation and guided by by-laws. The council is responsible for all aspects of running the church, including overseeing finances, staff, building and grounds, worship life, church policies and long-range planning.

Our council President is Thomas Guzman. He can be contacted through the church office or (530) 273-9631.


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Sunday worship services at PEACE Lutheran Church are being led by ordained ministers living in our region. 

If you need pastoral care, please contact us here or call the church office at (530) 273-9631.

PEACE wishes Godspeed to our retiring pastor, the Rev. Eileen Smith LeVan, and her husband, Brian Smith. Pastor Eileen led PEACE for three years and taught us much about following our Lord!

We are now in an “interim period” in which we will be taking stock of who we are as God’s people, and what God is calling us to be and do here in Nevada County. Out of that discernment process, we will call a new pastor.

Before she left, Pastor Eileen reminded us that,”The pastor is not the head of the church. Christ is the head of the church!” So we take comfort in that assurance!

Meanwhile, God has blessed us with committed and capable lay leaders. We continue to hold Sunday worship services, enjoy a vigorous musical program and create spiritual growth and fellowship opportunities for people of all ages. We invite you to grow with us!

Cathy Chmel

Office Manager
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Cathy manages the day-to-day running of the church office and handles all the scheduling and facility rentals. She brings many years of experience to this position. If you have any questions, just drop her a line or give her a call and she will be happy to help.

Trina Kleist

Youth & Outreach Coordinator
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Trina Kleist (aka Mrs. Osuna) coordinates Christian education and youth & family activities. In addition, she writes news articles about and takes photos of PEACE activities for local media and for the PEACE website, and handles publicity and advertising.