Staff Directory


Extended Cabinet


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

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

Cindy Gregorson

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

Ben Ingebretson

DK-MN Area Director of New Church Development
(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

Christa Meland

Director of Communications
(612) 230-6132
Oversees conference communications and communication strategies; disseminates information and feature stories; provides consultation and resources to clergy and lay leaders; edits the weekly MN Connect e-newsletter; serves as media spokesperson

Mark Miller

North Star District Superintendent
763-913-2861
Superintending the work in the North Star District

Susan M. Richey Nienaber

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

Keith Shew

DK-MN Area Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries
(612) 230-6130
<p>Oversight of conference camp, retreat, and off-site ministries, including financial, fund development, site operations, programs, camp council development, camping ministry personnel, and capital improvements for the Dakotas and Minnesota Conferences</p>

Jody Thone

Director of Leadership Development
612-230-6134
Creates and delivers a comprehensive system of leadership development from recruitment to deployment.

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
952-994-5929
Superintending the work in the River Valley District

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058