Church Council

Church Council recommendations are welcome all year-round. We typically consider recommendations and nominate Council members annually, in the Fall.

Church Council Recommendations

Do you know someone who is open-minded and strategic? We’re looking for compassionate individuals to lead and guide St. Andrew’s by serving on the Church Council.   Although our Church Council recommendation process for the 2020-21 Council Nominations has ended, we accept recommendations all year long. The next recommendation period for the 2021-22 Church Council will begin in late summer 2021.

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Church Council Roster: November 2020 – November 2021

To contact a member of the Church Council, please send an email to salccouncil@saintandrews.org.

Jewelie Grape – 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.

Bill Hibbard – Vice President

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.

Scott Anderson – Secretary

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.

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.

Tommie Braddock

Tommie and his wife Julie have been members of St Andrew’s for more than ten years and serve as ushers at the contemporary service. They have two adult children, Brenton and Sabrina.  Tommie’s professional career spans 23 years working for Taylor Corporation where he is President of Venture Solutions. He serves on the Board of Directors for Tubman, a nonprofit dedicated to servicing victims of domestic violence, where he chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from Saint Mary’s University. Tommie and Julie reside in Dellwood.

Sophia Fuhrmann – Student Representative

Sophia is a sophomore at Stillwater Area High School. She has been involved at St. Andrew’s since she was born – including being baptized, receiving First Communion, and being confirmed. She is a trained Peer Minister, has been a Dock/Sunday School preschool teacher for three years, was a Confirmation Camp leader, attended a 2018 Mission Jamaica trip, and just became a Confirmation small group guide for a 6th grade group. Outside of St. Andrew’s, she is a section leader in her school orchestra. St. Andrew’s is an important place to her and representing a youth voice on the council will give her a deeper understanding of St. Andrew’s ministries. She hopes to bring back to youth important information she’s learned from the council.

Joshua Ladd 

Joshua and Sarah Ladd were newlyweds when they moved to Minnesota from Ohio. The two were busy their first year looking for the right church with strong emotional and spiritual support. They decided on St. Andrew’s after connecting with Erin Morris, former Deacon and a member of their outreach team. St. Andrew’s has blessed the Ladds by walking with them as they prepared to become a forever family for their adopted sons Michael and Jacob. The church was also a critical support as they confronted the challenges of infertility. Now, our community celebrates God’s faithfulness as the Ladds welcomed the birth of their daughter Coraline earlier this year. When Joshua is not changing diapers, cooking, or playing Nintendo with the kids, he enjoys running, mountain biking, drawing, and theatre. In his professional time, he is a staff attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center. He represents children with special needs in disputes with their school district. He has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a joint degree in Law and Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University. They live in the vibrant west side neighborhood of St. Paul.

Sara Meslow

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 Ostrem

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.

Sharon Pfeiffer

Sharon has been a member of St. Andrew’s for 8 years. In addition to the preaching and the music ministries, she was drawn to the many volunteer and personal growth opportunities in the church.  Sharon currently serves on the Foundation Board and volunteers in a variety of ways including serving the CRC as a van driver and was a Hugo Homeless Shelter renovator.  She has regularly attended several Bible studies and is delighted that her faith journey includes having traveled with the St. Andrew’s Israel Pilgrimage in 2019.  Now retired, Sharon’s professional career spanned 34 years with Wells Fargo MN in various capacities including that of Community Bank President for the north and east TC Metro area.  Her professional passions centered around leadership and team member development.  Sharon has a big heart for service and looks forward to leveraging her personal and professional experience to help St. Andrew’s successfully continue its mission.  She lives in Woodbury with her spouse Kris and two dogs Cleo and Dolly.

Barb Sheldon

Barb, her husband Jeff, daughter Meghan and son Sam have been members of St Andrews for 20 years.  Through the years Barb and family have volunteered at St Andrews by teaching Sunday School, helping with VBS and Confirmation programs, Thanksgiving basket program and most recently, the gardening team.  Barb is a graduate of Metropolitan State University and has been a commercial banker in the NE metro for over 35 years, currently at Alerus for 11 years.  Her focus is to work closely with businesses and to offer lending, deposit and retirement solutions.  Barb recently served as Chair of the White Bear Area Chamber in 2017/2018 and also serves on the Century College Foundation Board.

Eric Swanson 

Eric and his wife Sarah Meek were led to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church 13 years ago, when they were searching for a confirmation program for their now adult daughter and son.  They immediately knew that they had found a spiritual home and have been inspired by St. Andrew’s mission to serve.  Eric has been a confirmation leader, served on the Men’s Ministry team, gone on Mission Jamaica with his son and he and Sarah volunteer for a variety of community organizations.  Eric received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and  worked in the non-profit and public sectors before entering private practice over 20 years ago.  His passions include his family, gardening, and the outdoors.

Heidi Vlasak

Heidi and her husband Scott have been members of St. Andrew’s for 26 years, drawn by the preaching, music and variety of ministries.  Heidi is a Senior Quality Manager in Europe/Middle East/Africa at Boston Scientific, based here in Minnesota.  An international role builds on 30 years’ experience in medical product development and quality, and 15 years’ involvement in BSC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  She has a passion for STEM engagement for girls, was a founding member of BSC’s STEM Education Council and created sustained corporate/community and school partnerships, also serving on the Project Lead the Way Community Board.  Heidi has sung in St. Andrew’s Choir for 22 years.  After years of teaching Confirmation and volunteering in Youth Ministry with now-adult children Sarah and Ben, she now serves on the Systemic Team of Inclusion Ministry.