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John Sutherland

Interim Lead Pastor, Tuesday through Friday
Ph. (651) 429-5411
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I was born and bred in the UP of Michigan and went to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN for my bachelor's degree. After St. Olaf, I went to Hong Kong and served as a missionary for three years. When that term finished, I entered the Lutheran School of Theology for seminary. My calls since then have been as an associate pastor in Illinois, a parish pastor in western Wisconsin, and for the last five years I have served as an assistant to the bishop in the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin. I am married and my wife and I have been blessed with four children. I am an avid weight lifter and when time allows, I love to fish and do lawn work. Since I live across the river, I am a Packers fan but my wife is a Vikings fan. 


 Candace Moser

Associate Pastor of Congregation Care, part-time, Tues. through Thurs.
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During my first pre-entrance interview at Luther Seminary, I remember telling the Rev. Dr. Paul Berge, "I know that someday and somehow, my love of languages and people, health, and theology will all come together." And it did! Years later, Dr. Berge and I found ourselves, together, on a mission trip to Slovakia where I had been invited to help the Rev. Dr. Natalia Kacian establish pastoral care in her country. Undergraduate degrees in French and nursing along with a master's degree from Luther Theological Seminary have brought me to where I am today. I've also completed five units of CPE (clinical pastoral education), four of them at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. This love of being with people at the intersection of faith and life, specifically faith and healthcare, is my passion. In the past few years, I've also become a certified spiritual director through Christos Center for Spiritual Formation and have received a certificate in Spirituality and the Arts through United Seminary. I am an animal lover at heart so in my free time you may find me walking my Portuguese Water Dog, Maestro, humming with a herd of alpacas, or grazing with cows in a field! No wonder I now live in Wisconsin, the Dairy State!


 

Katie Kohler

Director of Worship and Music
Ph. (651) 429-5411
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I was born and raised in Minnesota. I began playing piano at the age of five, flute at the age of six, and added voice lessons to the mix when I was twelve. I started teaching piano at the age of ten, and flute at the age of fourteen. I became involved in church music around the age of nine when I began playing my flute in our church band. I became more involved as I got older, singing and playing for special music, and eventually subbing on keys/vocals for our music director.​I attended the University of Minnesota for both my undergraduate and graduate studies in Flute Performance, getting my Bachelor’s of Music in 2014 and Master’s of Music in 2016. While completing my undergraduate, I held an Interim Organist and Interim Contemporary Band Leader position at my home church. That’s when I really started thinking about church music as a career. Up to that point I was shooting for an orchestral career. I struggled with that decision until I became a music director at St. Luke Lutheran Church while completing my Master’s Degree. I enjoyed my job so much I decided to go in that direction! I also found that music was my way of praising God, and having a position like that really left me fulfilled. I’m still actively involved in the flute community by teaching, playing solo recitals, and volunteering on various boards and committees.Besides my musical endeavors, I enjoy reading, cooking, dancing, writing, and hanging out with my cat, Murmur!


Lynn Amon

Lyngblomsten Site Coordinator
Ph. (651) 429-5411 
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Lynn is a social worker of 25 years. She has been serving seniors through community based programming in Ramsey County for non-profits all of her career, both inner city and suburban. Lynn has a deep understanding of the complex social service "maze of services." She has helped families navigate and connect to supportive resources during late-life transitions, building a strong network and relationships with local referral agencies.
Lynn is a 25 year resident of White Bear Lake. She is on the local CLASS (Consortium of Lake Area Senior Services) Board and runs their Networking Team. This year she is a participant of the Greater White Bear Lake Community  Foundation's Leaders of Tomorrow Program. She enjoys kayaking with her daughter, making summer trips to the family cabin with her parents, and biking to the WBL Boardwalk for dinner by the lake with her husband and two children. 


Lisa Brown

Lyngblomsten Hub Coordinator
Ph. (651) 429-5411
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Lisa Brown was raised in the Mahtomedi/White Bear Lake area, and is excited to be back in the community! She graduated the College of Saint Benedict for her Bachelor's degree in social work, and holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of MN - Duluth. She has focused her career around older adults and their caregivers, working to keep people engaged in their community, remaining as independent as possible, and living a vibrant, dignified and enriched life. Her previous work includes being the Director of the Como Park Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, Health and Wellness Coordinator and Caregiver Social Worker for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, as well as Site Manager for the Gathering Program and Caregiver Consultant at Lyngblomsten. She is looking forward to building relationships and continuing to work with community members to enhance and enrich lives through 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten.


Dona Will

Business Administrator, part-time, Tuesday through Friday
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Dona has been employed with Redeemer since 2008 and is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of Redeemer. She is married to Tom and has one daughter. Her interests include walking her two pooches, Darby and Daisy and starting craft projects she never finds time to finish.


 Laura DeVore

Communications Designer and Wedding Coordinator
Ph. (651) 429-5411
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Laura grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota. She attended the University of Northwestern-St. Paul and Century College and has a Major in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Her work background includes small business management, internal communication, and graphic design. She is also a professional photographer on the side.  Laura currently lives in Lino Lakes, Minnesota with her husband, Joe and her bunny, Daisy. She enjoys snowboarding, longboarding, cooking, and spending time on the north shore. 


Tom Larsen

Custodian
Ph. (651) 429-5411

 

Tom was entrusted by The Facilities Committee in 2006 for the care and repair of the Church. He assists with the needs of the congregation and the demands of the physical building. Environmental, economic, aesthetic, mechanical and safety awareness are applied to what he does in matters small and large. The folks at Redeemer make it easy for him to love his work. He has a daughter, 25 and a son, 23, a mother, 94 and many siblings that round out his time. They are easy to love, as well. He endeavors to be a careful citizen and engage in various social justice efforts along the way.


Deb Gardner

Director of Alleluia Choir
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Mary Gregory

Director of Sparkle
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Mary and her family have been members of Redeemer since 1989. Music has always played an important part of her faith life, and being part of Redeemer's music community has been a blessing. Besides teaching young children in Little Light Choir about singing and enjoying music since 1991, Mary has been in the Redeemer chorale, led Sunday School Music, and directed the annual summer children's musical during a week of theater activities.


Ann Marie Gere

Congregational Care Coordinator
Ph. (651) 429-5411

 

Ann Marie graduated as a Registered Nurse from Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing and has used her education in a variety of health related areas, including managing the health needs of one of Redeemer’s refugee families. For the past 5 years, she has been the volunteer Care Coordinator, helping train and monitor our Care Ministers who regularly visit home-bound or ill members. She also assists the pastors with visits to hospitalized and home-bound members. Care visitation is a true passion of Ann Marie’s. She and husband Gene have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren who bring them much joy and fun!! They also enjoy travel, music and friends.


Kim LacekKim Lacek

Kitchen Coordinator
Ph. (612)207-5606
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Kim Lacek was born and raised in Shakopee, Minnesota and currently lives in White Bear Lake with wife Margaret Janssen and son Garrett. They have 3 dogs-Abby, Aspen and Britta. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, gardening, golfing and spending time with friends and family. She also loves softball and was inducted into the Shakopee High School Hall of Fame for Softball!


 

2018 Church Council

Jan Johnson -President
Alan Gengenbach-Vice President
Ellen Reeves-Secretary
Dan Dohmeier-Treasurer
Mary Gregory-CYF
Katie Johnson-Congregational Care
Brian Adams-Outreach
Kevin Maijala-Spiritual Growth
Scott Costello-Worship and Music
Jim Ramberg-Facilities
John Walsh-Stewardship