John Nelson - Senior Pastor
Having been raised on the east coast and serving in ministry out west as well as in Minnesota, I have found a wide variety of ways people are engaged by God in their faith life. It has become a passion of mine to help unique individuals find how their own story is intertwined with God’s story, and that together we make up God’s church for the sake of the world. Gethsemane is a place for all to belong and a place where we are actively seeking ways to be engaged by and with the community around us. We have been blessed to be a blessing and we invite you to join us in sharing the love of Christ.
Click here to e-mail Pastor John. His telephone extension is 111.
Sarah Moat - Associate Pastor
Click here to e-mail Associate Pastor Sarah Moat. Her telephone extension is 112.
Paul McKenzie - Director of Music and Fine Arts
Paul hails from Sacred Heart, Minnesota and earned his Master of Church Music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He currently directs Gethsemane's Senior Choir, Contemporary Choir (Voices of Praise), Early Music Group (Motet Choir) and Bell Choirs . Paul's passion for worship planning serves him well as music director, and his interests range from early music to orchestral performance, with forays into the visual and performing arts. His ample energy is testimony to his love of worshiping our Lord and Savior through the arts.
Click here to e-mail Paul. His telephone extension is 113.
Tiphanie Dirnberger - Director of Children's Ministry
Children's Ministry at Gethsemane is all about building and nurturing relationships with classmates, adults and most importantly, God. I have been a member of Gethsemane for 15 years and Children's Ministry Director for six years. My husband and I have four school-age children. I love my job because it allows me to spend time with kids whose imaginations can be as big as mine! I feel honored to be a part of these kids' lives as they learn about the awesome power of God. Visit our Children's Ministry page for more information.
Questions about Children’s Ministry and Sunday School? Please call the church office, 952-935-1753, ext. 115.
Click here to e-mail Tiphanie.
Bob Windels - Youth Director
Bob Windels, our Director of Youth Ministries (A.K.A. "The Youth Guy"), has enjoyed the last 20 years working in Lutheran congregations with teenagers and their parents. A St. Olaf College graduate, he is married and has three teens of his own. He loves how teenage minds work, and he believes the whole congregation benefits from their energy and perspective. Bob is committed to learning and valuing each Gethsemane student's individual gifts, interests, challenges, and faith journey -- and he puts a priority on creating a variety of programs to meet a variety of needs, and having many adults involved in building faith. New faces (young and old) will not be overlooked! As the Lord has blessed him with the opportunity to serve at Gethsemane, Bob will be searching out how you can serve and be served as part of our youth ministry.
Click here to e-mail Bob.