Church Council

We are a supportive and effective team, making decisions that ensures the church functions efficiently and that are in the best interest of the congregation.


Executive Council Members

Leadership, Executive Council, Chair

Zig Mintha


As a member of Grace Lutheran Church Council, it is Zig’s goal is to be fiscally responsible, using common sense while being respective of the needs of the entire congregation.

Leadership, Executive Council, Vice Chair

Barry Nagora

Vice Chair

Barry was born in Pembroke, Ontario and has raised a family in the area with his wife since 1986. He is actively involved in the church Property Committee and likes to volunteer during the annual Harvest Dinner in the fall. Barry enjoys spending his free time working on projects with his children and playing with his grandchildren.

Leadership, Executive Council, Secretary

Peggy Verch


Peggy grew up in Sudbury Ontario, but has made the Ottawa Valley and Grace Lutheran her home since the late 1970s. Peggy has a personal connection to Grace, as her great-grandfather was one of the founding members. Since 1987, Peggy has been passionately involved intermittently with the Sunday School at Grace. Peggy’s many hobbies include knitting, gardening, camping and reading, however she gets the most joy from spending time with her grandchildren, children and other family members.



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Council Member, Leadership

Debbie Lazarus

Debbie works as a personal support worker (PSW) and through her work she has gained insight and understanding for the needs of our elderly.  She joined the Grace Church Council to find out how it works. Debbie loves spending time with family and friends. Her motto is “Good communities start with good neighbours.”

Council Member, Leadership

Donna Resmer

Donna has called Eganville her home since 1986, and enjoys her little piece of paradise on Mink Lake. Living with her 3 children and husband Rick, she enjoys lake activities such as kayaking & boating, and has recently discovered the joy of motorcycling on the back roads of Renfrew County. When Donna isn’t having fun, she is found working at Renfrew Hospice or at Renfrew Victoria Hospital. At Grace she is an active member on the Christian Education Committee, and has even been known to sing in the church choir.

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Ed Byers

Ed has lived in Eganville since childhood.   He has always been a Lutheran, as was his forefather.  As a member of Grace Lutheran, Ed has volunteered his time on the Cemetery Committee.  He has been a Rotarian at Grace for 35  years.  Ed is a retired paramedic (30 year veteran).  Ed’s wife, Lorna, keeps him busy most of the time, but he enjoys sailing and doing research in his spare time.

Council Member, Leadership

Margaret Weckwerth

Margaret, better known as Marg, was raised in the Eganville area and has always been a member of Grace Lutheran Eganville church. Marg moved to Ottawa in 1973 to work in nursing and moved back to the area in 1985. She enjoys spending her time on 3 committees at Grace, as well as being an active member of the Eganville Area Community Development Group. As a proud parent and grandparent, Marg takes pleasure in enjoying activities with her family.

Council Member, Leadership

Morley Hass

Morley was born and raised on the family farm near Eganville. He has belonged to Grace Lutheran Church all his life and has enjoyed serving on different committees. Married in 1977, he raised his two (2) children on the farm and has been a foster dad to over (40) forty others. When he has spare time, Morley enjoys spending time at his cabin.

Church Staff

Reverend Ralph Weigold


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Irene Churchill

Office Administrator

Irene has been a member at Grace since the age of 5.  When she grew up, married and moved away from Eganville, Irene continuously maintained her membership with Grace. Irene has many fond memories of the original church. One of her favourite memories was sitting and listening to the Bonnechere River flowing by. It was a reminder to her of how powerful and consistent God is.

Throughout the years, Irene has been active in many roles with the church, including: Sunday school teacher, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW), participating on many committees, and has spent time on church council. When need arose for a church secretary, she gladly stepped up to the task.

Irene is married to Gary and has 3 adult children. The couple have recently sold their family home, downsized, and moved to Arnprior to be closer to their younger grandchildren.


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Heather St Jacques

Director of Music Ministry

Heather has been in the music industry since 1970, performing, accompanying soloists & teaching. She has taught piano to individuals aged 5 to 60+, with many of her students continuing their studies. Heather has won performance awards for both trumpet and piano.

Before moving from southern Ontario, she spent her time organizing and leading community choirs for benefit concerts, entertaining at the annual Christmas dinner for the underprivileged, and pianist for two (2) community plays. Since retiring, Heather now lives in Eganville and spends her time as the Music Director at Grace and leading the Eganville Community Choir.

Heather has been the Music Director at several denominations including: United, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic & Pentecostal. She calls herself a “Lunanitarion ”, and has been enriched by every church community!