Staff Directory

Extended Cabinet

David Bard

Interim Bishop of the Minnesota Conference
(612) 230-6152
Interim episcopal oversight of the Minnesota Conference; spiritual and administrative leadership to laity and clergy; clergy appointments; presiding officer of annual conference; member, Council of Bishops; president, North Central Jurisdiction of the College of Bishops

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 and Clergy Assistant to the Bishop
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

Dan Johnson

Twin Cities District Superintendent
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

Susan Nienaber

Big Waters District Superintendent and Superintendent for Congregational Vitality
Superintending the work in the Big Waters District and working with congregations and pastors on congregational vitality

Keith Shew

DK-MN Area Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries
(612) 230-6130
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

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
Superintending the work in the Southern Prairie District

Cynthia Williams

River Valley District Superintendent
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

(612) 870-0058