Staff Directory


David Bard

Interim Bishop of the Minnesota Conference
(612) 230-6152
Interim episcopal oversight of the Minnesota Conference; spiritual and administrative leadership to laity and clergy; clergy appointments; presiding officer of annual conference; member, Council of Bishops; president, North Central Jurisdiction of the College of Bishops

Janet Beard

Interim Episcopal Administrative Assistant, Registrar
(612) 230-6156
Administrative support, travel details, calendar coordination and hospitality arrangements on behalf of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area interim bishops and cabinets; registrar assistance to Board of Ordained Ministry.

Linda Bowers

Front Desk Administrator, Camping Assistant
(612) 230-6126
Receptionist, phones, mail, and reservation of meeting rooms for the Minnesota Conference, and administrative support to DK-MN Area Camp and Retreats

Walker Brault

Conference Secretary, Administrative Assistant to Twin Cities District and the Finance Department
(612) 230-6146
Responsible for the ‘Journal’, minutes and assistance during Annual Conference Session, and updates to the Policy and Procedure Manual. Appointments and events for Twin Cities superintendent and cabinet, general assistance to churches and pastors. Also provides general assistance to the finance department.

Barb Brower

Director of Finance and Administration, Treasurer
(612) 230-6135
Oversight of conference finance and administrative ministries including budget, audit, accounting, apportionments, statistics, clergy benefit plans, personnel management, investments, legal, property, and insurance

Cheryl Daschner

North Star District Administrative Assistant and Southern Prairie District Administrative Assistant
(612) 230-6122
Appointments and events for superintendent and cabinet, general assistance to churches and pastors

Stacey Edwards

DK-MN Area Camp and Retreat Coordinator
(612) 230-6131
Dakotas-Minnesota Area Camp and Retreat Ministries coordinator

Beata Ferris

DK-MN Area Camp and Retreat Marketing and Outreach Project Coordinator
Supports the Camp and Retreat Ministries through the planning, coordination, and implementation of marketing and outreach projects and programs.

Lisa Friesen

Accounting Associate
(612) 230-6141
Accounting for Minnesota Annual Conference cash and credit card receipts and related activities. Accounting for MCBP, Inc Pension & Benefits.

Cindy Gregorson

Director of Connectional Ministries and Clergy Assistant to the Bishop
Programmatic ministry oversight, local church organization leadership training, clergy consultation

Julie Hammel

Accounting Associate
(612) 230-6140
Accounts payable and expense reports.

Heidi Heller

Archivist/Record Manager and Database Coordinator
(612) 230-6149
Minnesota United Methodist history; research on churches, clergy, and events; records retention consultation; liasion with Commission on Archives and History and the United Methodist Historical Society of Minnesota. Makes updates to Brick River database and assists with the People Portal and Church Dashboard.

Karla Hovde

Communications Specialist
(612) 230-6139
Designs materials, updates website, prepares the weekly MN Bulletin Board e-newsletter, disseminates information via social media channels, responds to general communications inquiries

Mary Hovden

DK-MN Area Camp and Retreat Accountant
(612) 230-6133
Accounts payable for conference, accounting for Dakotas-Minnesota Area Camp and Retreat Ministries

Andrea Hult

Administrative Assistant of the Dakotas and Minnesota Methodist Foundations

Laurie Huston

Lead District Administrative Assistant, River Valley District Administrative Assistant
(612) 230-6153
Church conference forms, appointments and events for superintendent and cabinet, general assistance to churches and pastors

Ben Ingebretson

DK-MN Area Director of New Church Development
(616) 481-7566
Strategically identifies areas and audiences ripe for new churches, including multi-site ministries and cultivating partner/parent churches that can reach into those areas; provides direction, resources, training, and appropriate intervention for effective stewardship of people and resources

Dan Johnson

Twin Cities District Superintendent
Superintending the work of the Twin Cities District

Gail Johnson

Congregational Development and Events Administrator
(612) 230-6125
Coordinates events for the conference, promotes healthy churches and church plants

Laurie Kantonen

North Star District Superintendent
Superintending the work in the North Star District

Kathleen Keller

Controller
(612) 230-6127
Conference financial statements; new general ledger accounts, reports, funds, etc.; bank relations; wire transfers; conference insurance and group workers’ compensation insurance; charitable remainder trusts issues; annual audit issues; and conference tax filings.

Catie Levenick

Youth Ministry Team Co-chair
Youth ministries co-chair along with Sami Tierney.

Sheri Meister

President/CEO of the Dakotas and Minnesota Methodist Foundations
(612) 230-3338
Invests money for churches and works with them on legacy giving and permanent endowments, provides planned giving seminars, coaches clergy, consults with finance committees, provides stewardship materials and training, and assists with capital campaigns.

Christa Meland

Director of Communications
(612) 230-6132
Oversees conference communications and communication strategies; disseminates information and feature stories; provides consultation and resources to clergy and lay leaders; edits the weekly MN Connect e-newsletter; serves as media spokesperson

Laura Miles

Office and Technology Coordinator
(612) 230-6123
Organizes office functions; reception; responds to general inquiries; technology

Linda Miller

Benefits Assistant
(612) 230-6142
Benefits area administrative support

Kelsey Morgan

Program Assistant of the Dakotas and Minnesota Methodist Foundations

Dana Neuhauser

Racial Justice Organizer
(612) 360-1593
Racial justice organizer for the Minnesota Conference

Jim Nienaber

Benefits Officer, Executive Director of MCBPI
(612) 230-6137
Pension benefits, medical benefits, HealthFlex Exchange, pastor compensation forms

Susan Nienaber

Director of Congregational Vitality
Works with congregations and pastors on congregational health and vitality. Helps address personnel or conflict issues. Contact Susan about Rule of Christ, Safe Gatherings, Boundaries and Ethics training, Congregational Response Team, Conversations at the Crossroads, SPRC Trainings, Choosing the Faithful Path, Ending Well, On-Boarding, and Interim Pastor Training.

Diane Owen

DK-MN Area Director of Clergy Well-Being
(612) 230-6129
Leads the implementation of programming related to a $1 million Lilly grant used for financial literacy and debt-reduction for pastors

Martha Rockenstein

Connectional Ministries Program Assistant

Lisa Schultze

Assistant Controller, Database Manager
(612) 230-6154
Brick River database, apportionments, and table questions

Keith Shew

DK-MN Area Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries
(612) 230-6130
Oversight of conference camp, retreat, and off-site ministries, including financial, fund development, site operations, programs, camp council development, camping ministry personnel, and capital improvements for the Dakotas and Minnesota Conferences

Cullen Tanner

Technology and Ministry Specialist
(612) 230-6138
Resources clergy and churches in the area of digital ministry

Jody Thone

Director of Leadership Development
(612) 230-6134
Creates and delivers a comprehensive system of leadership development from recruitment to deployment

Sami Tierney

Youth Ministry Team Co-chair
Youth ministries co-chair along with Catie Levenick.

Fred Vanderwerf

Southern Prairie District Superintendent
Superintending the work in the Southern Prairie District

Diane Weller

Director of Foundation Relations of the Dakotas and Minnesota Methodist Foundations
(612) 230-3337
Assisting with the Minnesota United Methodist Foundation. Contact for info on stock gifts/transfers.

Cynthia Williams

River Valley District Superintendent
Superintending the work in the River Valley District

Lyndy Zabel

Global Connections and Missional Initiatives Coordinator
(952) 465-2140
Oversees outreach ministries of compassion and justice and partnerships for the conference

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058