The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'God's agent, disguised as a hairdresser'

You leave Diane Voskuil's salon with more than a haircut, coloring or perm. Voskuil provides spiritual care as she clips and dyes and curls.

"Diane is God's agent disguised as a hairdresser," says Laurie E. Stoeger, youth and family ministry educator at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, Wis., where Voskuil is a member.

Voskuil's home salon sits among the barns and silos dotting the farmland off state Route 42 in Cleveland, Wis. In her chair, you have her undivided attention for the length of your appointment. You discuss your children, family or friends. You talk about your health or an upcoming baptism, wedding or funeral.

"This is my vocation, this is my calling. I came to realize that this chair is my altar," Voskuil says.

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