Staff Directory


Bishop Bruce Ough

Resident Bishop of Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area
(612) 230-3334
Spiritual and administrative leadership to laity and clergy; residential and presidential oversight for The United Methodist Church; clergy appointments; presiding officer of annual conference; member, Council of Bishops and the North Central Jurisdiction of the College of Bishops; president, United Methodist Connectional Table

Janet Beard

Conference Co-Lay Leader and Conference Secretary
612-230-6156

Michelle Behsman

Administrative Assistant
(507) 387-3767
Monthly district newsletter, church conference forms, appointments and events for superintendent and cabinet, general assistance to churches and pastors

Barb Brower

Director of Finance and Administration, Treasurer
612-230-6135
Oversight of conference finance and administrative ministries including budget, audit, accounting, apportionments, statistics, clergy benefit plans, personnel management, investments, legal, property, and insurance

Deltry Coles

Assistant to the Director of Finance and Assistant to the Director to the Benefits Officer
612-230-6142
Administrative support, property matters, remittances, annuities and unitrusts, general finance and administration information

Jean Edin

Benefits Officer
(612) 230-6136
MAC health plan administration, pension plan administration, medical care reimbursement administration, local church benefits consultation, clergy and retiree benefits resource

Stacey Edwards

Receptionist/Camping Administrative Assistant
(612) 230-6126
Conference receptionist and Camping administrative assistant

Karen Evenson

Project Manager for Reach.Renew.Rejoice Initiative
(612) 230-6134
Coordinates events and manages operations of the Reach.Renew.Rejoice Initiative.

Alan Felkner

Controller
(612) 230-6127
Conference financial statements; new general ledger accounts, reports, funds, etc.; stock transfers; bank relations; wire transfers; conference property, casualty, umbrella, and worker's compensation insurance; Foundation accounts payable, payroll, and financial statements; charitable remainder trusts issues; annual audit issues; conference tax filings.

Phyllis Freier

North Star District Assistant
(320) 763-6795
Monthly district newsletter, church conference forms, appointments and events for superintendent and cabinet, general assistance to churches and pastors

Cindy M. Gregorson

Director of Connectional Ministries
(612) 230-6143
Programmatic ministry oversight, local church organization leadership training, clergy consultation

Laurie Huston

Administrative Assistant
(612) 230-6153
Monthly district newsletter, church conference forms, appointments and events for superintendent and cabinet, general assistance to churches and pastors

Ben Ingebretson

Director of New Church Development for Dakotas-Minnesota Area
(616) 481-7566
Strategically identifies areas and audiences ripe for new churches, including multi-site ministries and cultivating partner/parent churches that can reach into those areas; provides direction, resources, training, and appropriate intervention for effective stewardship of people and resources

Daniel C. Johnson

Twin Cities District Superintendent
(612) 230-6145
Superintending the work of the Twin Cities District

Gail Johnson

Congregational Development and Events Administrator
(612) 230-6125
Coordinates events for the conference, promotes healthy churches and church plants

Kathy Johnson

Archivist
(612) 230-6149
Minnesota United Methodist history; research on churches, clergy, and events; records retention consultation; liasion with Commission on Archives and History and the United Methodist Historical Society of Minnesota

Aaron Jones

Administrative Assistant
(612) 230-3337
Administrative support for the Minnesota United Methodist Foundation

Erica Koser

Youth Ministry Team Staff
(507) 387-4074
Youth ministries

Sheilah Kyburz

Episcopal Administrative Assistant
(612) 230-3334
Administrative support, travel details, calendar coordination and hospitality arrangements on behalf of the Minnesota Area resident bishop and cabinet

Christa Meland

Director of Communications
(612) 230-6132
Disseminates information and feature stories; works with conference staff on marketing, branding, and communication materials and strategies; provides consultation and resources to clergy and lay leaders; edits the weekly MN Connect e-newsletter; serves as media spokesperson

Laura Miles

Office and Technology Coordinator
(612) 230-6126
Organizes office functions; reception; responds to general inquiries; technology

Mark B. Miller

North Star District Superintendent
(320) 763-6795
Superintending the work in the North Star District

Lindsey Nuehring

Youth Ministry Team Staff
(651) 485-3971
Youth ministries.

BJ Olsen

Conference Statistician
(612) 230-6138
Offerings, apportionments; Tables I, II, and III; group workers' compensation

Diane Owen

Congregational Transformation Specialist
(612) 230-6125
Leads the Healthy Church Initiative, Missional Journey, and a variety of other congregational development programs for existing churches

Pam Pettit

Administrative Assistant
(612) 230-6146
Church conference forms, appointments and events for superintendent and cabinet, general assistance to churches and pastors

Vivienne Pierce

Assistant to Director of Ministries
(612) 230-6150
Administrative support for director of ministries.

Susan M. Richey Nienaber

Big Waters District Superintendent
(612) 230-6153
Superintending the work in the Big Waters District

Kim Schmidt

Accounts Payable/Benefits Bookkeeper
(612) 230-6140
Accounts payable, benefits, and bookkeeper

Susan Shellberg

Camp Accountant
(612) 230-6133
Accounts payable for conference, accounting for camping

Keith Shew

Director of Camping and Retreats for Dakotas-Minnesota Area
(612) 230-6130
Oversight of conference camping, retreat, and off-site ministries, including financial, fund development, site operations, programs, board development, camping ministry personnel, and capital improvements

Fred Vanderwerf

Southern Prairie District Superintendent
(507) 387-3767
Superintending the work in the Southern Prairie District

Val Walker

Foundation Executive Director
(612) 230-3338
Minnesota United Methodist Foundation Executive Director

Cynthia Williams

River Valley District Superintendent
9529945929
Superintending the work in the River Valley District

Jill Williamson

Finance assistant
(612) 230-6141
Finance assistant

Amanda Willis

Communications Associate
(612) 230-6139
General communications inquiries, print materials and website design, website maintenance and content updates, e-newsletter preparation, news story writing, social media updates

Mary Wright

Retreats and Camping Coordinator
(612) 230-6131
General assistance/information about camping and retreat ministry and the conference's camps, creation of the summer camping brochure, summer camp registrations, camp promotions, assistance for church camp ambassadors, support and reports for Camp & Retreat Board and Camp Minnesota executive director

Lyndy Zabel

Director of Missional Impact
(612) 230-6124
Oversees outreach ministries and partnerships for the conference

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058