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 is responsible for our church's ministry with children through 6th grade and their families. You will often find her surrounded by the children who are drawn to her energy and her infectious laughter.
Joel Helling grew up in and was confirmed at Northfield UMC as a youth before studying at Luther, Normandale and the University of Minnesota. He has been a youth counselor in charter schools, at nonprofits like The Bridge for Runaway Youth and the Boys and Girls Club, and he's coached high school football and track. He looks forward to working with adult volunteers to expand the congregation's youth programming and helping youth and adults walk together on their journey of faith.
Dr. Ronald Rodman joined our staff as Choir Director in September 2013. He is a Professor of Music at Carleton College where he teaches music theory, directs the Carleton Symphony Band, teaches low brass instruments, and other classroom courses. He also has thirty years of experience as a church choir director.