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.
I am a life long Northfield person, growing up on a farm south of Northfield and graduating from Northfield High School. I spent several years in banking and also have a very extensive non-profit background. I have been an active volunteer with the Defeat of Jesse James Days serving in various positions for 33 years.
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.