Pastor Rachel grew up on a farm in rural Kansas, went to seminary in Washington, DC, and has served or started churches in country, town, suburban and city mission fields. She earned her M.Div at Wesley Theological Seminary and was an inaugural Collegeville Institute Fellow. She is our senior pastor, responsible for worship, pastoral care, administration and outreach. She is also left-handed.
Pastor Jerad is our bivocational associate pastor who also works in nonprofit management at the Minnesota Council of Churches. He has lived in high desert, mountain forest, and vast cityscapes. He attended graduate school in a religion and peace program at Wesley Theological Seminary and American University. He is our part-time associate pastor, responsible for discipleship systems, welcoming systems and outreach. He is also very tall.
Sandy is a lifelong Northfield person, growing up on a farm south of Northfield and graduating from Northfield High School. She spent several years in the banking industry and also has a very extensive non-profit background.
Kathy grew up in Pennsylvania where she earned a degree in Music Education, met her husband Bill, and picked up her first handbell. Since 1985 they’ve lived in Northfield and raised 3 sons. She’s retired from teaching music lessons and a picture framing business, but continues to play clarinet in the CVRO and a woodwind quintet.
Greg Ennis grew up in Northfield and graduated in the class of 1999. He went to Hamilton College in upstate New York. While he was there, he studied abroad in Ghana for one semester. After college he participated in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Seattle, WA and worked in a homeless shelter. A few years later he started seminary In Berkeley California at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.
Todd was born and raised in Chicago, IL and went to Carleton College. Before returning to the cold tundra, he spent 6 years in warmer climates of North Carolina where he earned his M.Div from Duke Divinity school and served local churches in pastoral care and the health care system as a hospital chaplain. Todd enjoys exploring cultures through food, (He loves to eat!!) biking, and catching up on the latest movies and shows on Netflix.