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2018 Church Council
Shannon Young, President
Beth Ingberg
Alan Wyman 

Betty Beane
Bill Kunze
Carolyn Newell
Gary Hook
Hanna Needham
Karen Biedermann
Kelly Kleppe
Michael Ericson
Nick Glendenning
Pam Simanski
Tim Larson

Pastors:
Rev. Mary Froiland
Rev. Ivy Huston 
Lindsey Bina, Pastoral Associate

 

Pastoral and Ministry Staff

Pastor Mary Stumme Froiland, Lead Pastor
Pastor Mary comes from a long line of Lutheran pastors, including both of her parents. She has served in congregations in both Ohio and Wisconson. She most recently served an open country parish near Beloit, Wisconsin - Luther Valley. In 2013, Mary was elected Bishop of the South Central Synod of Wisconsin and completed her term in June 2018. Mary and her husband have three adult children and two grandchildren. 

Pastor Ivy L. Huston, Pastor for Faith Formation
Pastor Ivy graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1998 and following college participated in a year of volunteer service through Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Chicago. While in Chicago, she worked as a youth outreach worker in a congregation, walking with the families of the congregation as they decided to close the congregation and begin again as a mission redevelopment congregation. After two years in Chicago, Pastor Ivy returned to the Twin Cities to attend Luther Seminary, graduating in the spring of 2004 with a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Youth and Family Ministry. After being ordained, Ivy was called to Bethlehem Lutheran church in Brainerd, MN where she spent 6 years serving the congregation as associate pastor and main youth leader. She loves crafting sermons, leading worship and working with the youth and their families as we work to pass the faith around. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Bill, their black lab Shelby and many family and friends, along with playing volleyball, taking in sporting and theater events around the Cities and watching NCAA Men’s basketball. Pastor Ivy joined the St. Mark’s family in November of 2010.

Neil Lubke, Music Director
Neil began playing the piano by ear at the age of four, and started playing the organ for church when he was 14. He studied organ and vocal performance at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and theology at St. John's in Collegeville. Through the years Neil has served a number of congregations around the Twin Cities as a musician and in many other capacities, traversing denominational lines, liturgical traditions, and cultural and language differences in the process. Long walks, deep conversations, and bottomless cups of tea or coffee are among his favorite things. 

Jan Winkler, Children's Ministry 
Jan has been sharing God’s love with children, youth, and families for 29 years, serving churches in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. She also spent 11 years directing children’s ministry programs for inner city children in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Jan has a Bachelor of Music Education degree, a Master of Arts and a PhD (ABD) in Music Theory, but her real passion is for Children’s Ministry. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, walking, cooking, and playing games.

Susie Modrow, High School Youth Leader
Susie has over a decade of youth ministry leadership in Isle & Center City, Minnesota and has a true heart for young people as they figure out life and love and what God is up to in the world. She lives with her three children and works as a medical transcriptionist alongside doing youth work. This year she is attempting to visit as many Minnesota State Parks as possible and finds joy and renewal outside in God’s creation.

Dorothea Jirsa, Youth Choir Director & Organist
Dorothea has been on staff in the music department at St. Mark’s for over 30 years. Her many jobs include directing of the Colla Voce Choir, which is for 6th-12th graders and the Joyful Noise Choir for 1st through 5th graders, playing the organ and/or piano for services, and accompanying The Choir of St. Mark’s as well as assisting with directing when needed. She has a B.A. degree from Northland College in vocal music education with piano as her major instrument. Dorothea received a master’s degree from U.W. in River Falls in English/Theater and did further graduate work at Hamline and St. Thomas. Dorothea has spent 39 years teaching music and English in public schools in Wisconsin, and here in North St. Paul, as well as with the U.S. Dept. of Defense in Germany.  When she is not involved in music, Dorothea enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends at her cabin in Wisconsin.

Judy Larkins, Hospitality & Drama Ministries and Wedding Coordinator  
Judy has been a part of the lives of the people of St. Mark's for over 30 years.  Under her direction and leadership, and with the hard work of volunteers, the Hospitality Team has provided a caring place for all to relate to our Lord's love through His Word and deeds.  Judy also drives St. Mark's drama ministry for all ages.  This ministry stages three or four major productions each year.  Performances include Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, and Footloose.  In her free time, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening and traveling.    

 

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