Council Roster: November 2018 – November 2019
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Matt Langer – President
Matt has undergraduate degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice in addition to a Master’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University. His strong interest in leadership and strategic planning has benefited a number of organizations and especially serving as the Chief of a large state law enforcement agency in Minnesota. He also teaches part time at Century College in the criminal justice program. Matt’s wife Katie and two daughters, Megan and Mallory are proud to call St. Andrew’s home. The Langer family chose to become members of St. Andrew’s because they truly thrive off the messages and music provided each week.
Jewelie Grape – Vice President
Jewelie was led to St. Andrew’s through a multi-church mission trip to teach vacation bible school in Slovakia five years ago. She joined St. Andrew’s in 2014. She loves the music, and says St. Andrew’s feels like home. Jewelie has a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in human resources from the University of Minnesota, as well as a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Jewelie was in-house counsel for the Board of Pensions of the ELCA (now called Portico Benefit Services) for ten years before returning to private practice. She works in the area of employee benefits – assisting corporations, nonprofits and religious organizations with health, retirement, executive compensation and corporate governance issues.
Myron Goeser – Secretary
Myron and his wife Annette have been members of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church since 2004. They along with their two daughters have been involved in the preschool, youth music, Vacation Bible School and Sunday School programs. The Goesers are Sunday School volunteers, Community Resourse Center volunteers, and have participated in various Bible Studies. Myron grew up on a dairy farm in northeast North Dakota and graduated from NDSU with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He has been a management consultant for two decades, working with clients to address business process and system issues.
Jay Breidinger – Treasurer
Jay has been a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church for 20 years. He is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University with a degree in accounting and has been with Thorsen, Breidinger and Novak, a local accounting firm, for 29 years. Jay has taught Sunday school, confirmation, has been a member of the Foundation Board at St. Andrew’s and previously a board member of the church council. He also serves on the board for the Mahtomedi Area Education Foundation. He is married to Tami and they have two daughters who currently are going to college at Boise State University in Idaho.
Scott and his wife Sandy have been members of St. Andrews Lutheran church since 1983. They have two adult sons Kevin and Eric, one of which is an active member at St. Andrews. Scott is a member of the St. Andrew’s Choir and 4 Givin Quartet. He has been active annually in Habitat for Humanity and participated in the church Strategic Planning Committee a few years ago. His hobbies are woodworking, fly-fishing, upland bird hunting and any outdoor activity with his family, friends and dogs. He has a Business Administration degree from Bethel University. He recently retired from 3M with 38 years of service. His many roles included disciplines in sales, technical, marketing, management and an executive in 3M’s Industrial Business. His career was centered on the customer experience. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and looks forward to using his business and leadership skills to support God’s work.
Keith says, “God led our family to St. Andrew’s in 2011 when we relocated from Houston, Texas.” Currently Keith is a Business Development Manager at Northwire, Inc. While in Texas he worked twelve years at NASA in various capacities from engineering support for the space shuttle to integrating multiple countries’ science and research activities for the International Space Station. Keith has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, a Project Management Professional certification and a passion for leadership and management. Keith’s family includes his wife Kristy and two sons, Walter and George.
Bill and his wife Deb fell in love with St. Andrew’s after a visit in the summer of 2015 when the service and music inspired them to join the congregation that fall. Bill and Deb have three adult children and recently moved to White Bear Lake. During his 33 years at 3M, Bill held technical and business roles that relocated the family seven times. During an assignment in Asia, Bill was the Human Resource Elder and later the President of the congregation at Tokyo Union Church. Bill also served on the Board of MIT’s One Laptop per Child program that focused on bringing technology to the developing world. Being a part of St. Andrew’s has enriched members of Bill’s extended family. Earlier this year, Bill’s mother and step-father moved into St. Andrew’s Village where they have found a new spiritual home. This summer Bill and Deb enjoyed walking in the footsteps of Martin Luther with 70 other St. Andrew’s Pilgrims. Bill looks forward to using his spiritual and professional experiences to advance the global mission of St. Andrew’s.
Kayla is a junior at Mahtomedi High School. She has been an active participant in many of St. Andrew’s youth ministry programs, including serving as a trained peer minister, youth worship band member, Confirmation small group guide, Confirmation Camp leader, and High School Choir member. She is also involved in her high school band and choir and plays basketball in a local recreation league. She looks forward to serving St. Andrew’s through this leadership opportunity by using her problem solving skills and through representing the voice of youth to the council.
Sara was a member of St. Andrew’s from 1994 – 1999 and came back “home” to St. Andrew’s in 2013. Sara is the Executive Director at Camp Odayin – a nonprofit organization serving children with heart disease. Prior to her work with Camp Odayin she was a Social Worker in the Forest Lake School District. She holds undergraduate degrees in Social Work & Communication from Concordia College, Moorhead MN, and a graduate degree in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota. At St. Andrew’s, she sings in the choir, and has served on the Foundation Board, Strategic Planning Team and the Capital Campaign Advanced Commitment Committee. Sara lives in Lake Elmo with her husband and daughter.
Beth, her husband Jim, and their two kids, Josh and Sara, became members of St. Andrews in 2002. Beth and Jim were attracted to St. Andrew’s by the preaching, the music and the children’s programming. Over the years, Beth taught Sunday school and led a small group for confirmation. After participating in a Mission Jamaica trip in 2015, the entire family became more involved in church, and Beth volunteered to write new job descriptions for each of the positions at St. Andrews. Last summer Beth and her family celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by going on the two week tour of Germany led by Brian Norsman and Michael Carlson. Beth has over 20 years of experience in human resources. She has led the HR function in several organizations and worked with numerous Boards of Directors across the country. Beth is looking forward to using her professional experience to benefit St. Andrew’s and is excited to see what the future holds for our church. Beth lives in Lino Lakes with her family and two dogs.
Bruce has been a member at St. Andrews for 20 years and lives in Dellwood with his two daughters. He is the Vice President of Marsh & McLennan Agencies Upper Midwest risk management and insurance brokerage business. Bruce also serves as the Board Chair for the Kate P Smith Foundation as well as serves on the Board of Directors for CaringBridge. Bruce earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration at the University of MN-Duluth and his Masters of Science in Communication at Northwestern University.
Kathy and her husband Kurt Galenti have been members of St. Andrew’s for more than 25 years. They have two adult children, Betsy and TJ. Kathy is an Associate with Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis, a position she has held for more than two decades. Prior work experience includes serving as an Accountant for Cargill Inc. A strong community supporter, Kathy serves on the Board of Directors for the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations, and the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities. Kathy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Rebecca and her husband Glenn have been members of St. Andrew’s since the Fall of 2012. Throughout life, Rebecca’s passion has been to build community. This passion has encouraged her honing of management skills in seven separate fields during her career. Her husband, Glenn, an ELCA pastor, retired after 40+ years of ministry serving parishes in urban, suburban and rural settings, and most recently, interim director of The Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary. Rebecca continues to enjoy creative arts, and periodically provides freelance marketing/communications, design and strategic planning services. As a member at St. Andrew’s, she sings in the St. Andrew’s Choir, participates in St. Andrew’s Prayer Life, and represents St. Andrew’s on the Board of St. Andrew’s Village.