Pastor Pat joined St. Michael’s in September 2015 after eight years in ministry at New Creation, Shakopee, MN. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St Louis, MO. Prior to being called into full-time ministry he worked for Dun & Bradstreet for 16 years in finances, management and sales.
Pat has been married to his wife, Beth, since 1998 they have two children Grant and Kara. Beth and Pat were also blessed through taking in two girls while they lived in California, both Beckie and Jessie are married and still living in California.
Pastor has a desire to connect with the community by loving our neighbors so that we can share the gospel with those we meet.
Pastor Ryan joined the staff of St. Michael’s in August 2019. His first call was to Peace Lutheran in Sacramento where he served as Vicar and then Pastor for 6 years. Though working as a sole pastor, he developed strong ties with his congregation’s leadership as they took risks and reached out to the community. Following that he served Trinity Lutheran in Wahiawa, Hawaii, for 5 years. There, he learned about ministry to military families and the joys and challenges of having a school as a mission.
He is married to Juliette and they have three children. Originally from the west coast, Ryan enjoys cycling, family time, and getting to know his community. He graduated from Concordia University, Irvine in 2004 and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2009. He has served in revitalization and school ministries and enjoys connecting the promises of Jesus to people’s every day experiences. Pastor Ryan looks forward to collaborative ministry at St. Michael’s where we can receive and share the love of the Lord.
Alice has been a member of St. Michael’s since 2016, although she has been attending since 2013. She is a Bloomington native, but now calls Shakopee her home with her son, Noah. You might recognize her as the resident “bassoonist,” but there are two other areas at church in which she volunteers: youth ministry and choir. Also, if it appears that she is always on the go, you are probably right as that is how Alice operates at her best. Sitting on the couch and watching Netflix is just not her thing! She has a love for all things music (learning the Mandolin is next on the to-do list), dog training, coaching the Shakopee High School Trap Team, and spending as much time up north at her Mom’s as possible.
God has worked His way in Alice, gracing her with passion for what she puts her mind to, the energy to get through it all, and the ability to be highly organized. For this reason, she is honored to be the Volunteer Coordinator and to make sure that all the talents of the members of St. Michael’s are valued and put to use in the right areas.
Adult and Discipleship
Jim Anderson has served at St. Michael’s for the past 37 years as Director of Christian Education in youth and adult ministries.
Presently his Adult and Discipleship responsibilities involve him in training and directing the adult small group ministries, adult education, new member classes, singles groups, Men’s and Women’s ministries, care visitation, assistant in various pastoral duties, and a trainer and consultant with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Jim graduated from Concordia College in St. Paul, MN in the DCE program in 1978 and received his MA in Education and Leadership from Augsburg College in 2000. He is married to Karen and they have two daughters, son-in-laws and seven grandchildren.
Prayer and Care Ministry
Rachel Ash joined the staff at St. Michael’s in June 2019, after 9 years of staying home with her three sons full-time. Prior to that, Rachel worked in various social work settings that included foster/adoption/group care, outpatient therapy, and day treatment. Rachel has utilized her skills in various volunteer roles as well, such as leading small groups, serving on St. Michael’s Parish Council, teaching Sunday school, and serving as a Stephen Ministry leader and trainer.
Rachel grew up as a child of LCMS church-workers, and attended Concordia University-Chicago for her Bachelor’s degree and University of Illinois for her Masters in Social Work. Rachel and her husband Jason have been members of SMLC since 2007. She can often be found cheering their boys (ages 9, 7, and 4) on in various sports and activities, volunteering with outreach ministries in their school and community, embracing MN summers on the lake with her family, and road-tripping to visit her family in Michigan. She feels confident and excited in God’s calling to work in a setting where she can utilize her education, experience, and faith in Jesus Christ to care for those in need.
Music Ministry Director
Derek Bates joined the St. Michael’s staff in April of 2019. Born and raised in Canton, OH, Derek studied for two years at Malone University and then transferred to Crown College in St. Bonifacius in pursuit of a degree in Vocal Performance. Derek also has a Bachelor’s in Music Education and is certified in MN to teach music, K-12. After teaching for 2 years in Arizona, Derek felt led to pursue music ministry in a church setting. He has traveled to Europe multiple times, performing both solo and with various ensembles. Derek has been married to his wife Bailey (who also sings) for one year.
Sound & Lighting Technician
Kevin C. K. Berg is lifelong a Minnesotan-Hawaiian and so happy for the opportunity to serve St. Michael’s as the Light and Sound Technician.
A follower of Christ from childhood, he attended Lutheran High School where he met his wife. They stayed together while he attended Concordia University Chicago, where he studied Theatre and Communication, and were eventually reunited and married in 2012. Since then, God has seen fit to bless them with two beautiful children and the opportunity to further study in Honolulu, Hawai’i for three years.
When not at St. Michael’s during the week, Kevin can be found teaching at University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Crown College in St. Bonifacius. Mahalo to everyone at St. Michael’s for this wonderful opportunity to serve! Soli Deo Gloria!!!
My name is Matthew Connolly. I am the father of three wonderful kids and am married to my wife Jen. Most of my growing up was here in Bloomington, but there were stops in Buffalo and Rochester, NY and Cottage Grove, MN. My dad was a DCE and we moved a few times. Then after marrying Jen, we moved to Richfield, MN. While living in Richfield, I started volunteering in youth ministry at St. Michael’s. Then in 2007 I was given the opportunity to lead a youth ministry at Riverside Reformed Church in Bloomington. I stayed there until 2015, when I took a youth ministry job at Zion Lutheran in Hopkins. Next, God sent us all the way across the country to serve him in Tampa, FL. It was an adventure that I remember fondly; we grew closer together as a family and relied on God more than ever. We thought Tampa was going to be our home for years, but God had other plans. After six months God called us back to MN.
We have been back for almost a year and are excited to be here. I am very excited to serve at St. Michael’s again. I look forward to teaching and leading the youth to a deeper and fuller relationship with their Lord and Savior Jesus.
Michelle is married to Scott and they have four young children: Matthew, Ethan, Zachary, and Maddison. She has been a member of St. Michael’s for over 17 years. After graduating from college Michelle worked in marketing for 8 years. When she had children she decided to stay home. As soon as her oldest son started Sunday school, Michelle started volunteering in children’s ministry at St. Michael’s and has been involved ever since. Her love of the Lord and love of children shines through in the work of children’s ministry at St. Michael’s. Michelle is mostly busy running her kids to their various activities, but also enjoys playing piano, reading a good book, and volunteering at her kids’ school.
Administration / Facilities
Sue has spent most of her career serving in various administrative, marketing, and teaching roles in parachurch ministry and Christian education. A native Minnesotan, Sue grew up near Stillwater, went to college in Bemidji, and has lived in Bloomington for the past 14 years with her husband David and 5 year old daughter Juliana. In 2002 Sue graduated from Bethel Seminary with an MA in Theological Studies. Things she can’t live without: being outside, gardening, baking, reading and good strong coffee. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Body of Christ at St. Michael’s with her gifts in communication and administration.
Mark has been a custodian at St Michaels since 1995, and has been responsible for maintenance almost as long. He opens and closes the building, sets up and tears down rooms for events and classes, cleans, and does scheduled maintenance and building repairs. He and his wife Crystal were married in 1978. They have three children and one grandchild, and like to find new trails to enjoy on their bicycles together. Mark loves bowling and has been in leagues since he was a teenager.
Ramona has been a member of St. Michael’s since 2001 and joined the St. Michael’s staff in 2007. She has been blessed with one daughter who lives in Michigan and two sons who live across the river. She also has seven granddaughters.
Ramona loves all sports especially the Minnesota Lynx. She loves to play games and says cards are her favorite. Her greatest love is reading to the St. Michael’s Preschool students. She enjoys music and sings in the choir at St. Michael’s. Ramona truly enjoys writing the “In Touch” newsletter to keep in contact with shut-ins from the congregation community. Learning new things in technology is one of her favorites. Ramona also says of herself that she loves people and doing something special for them gives her great pleasure.
Business and Finance Director
It all “adds” up that God placed Laura here in 2007 to use her financial talents for His glory! She says it’s a JOY to oversee the financial blessings God provides to St. Michael’s—after all, someone has to have the JOY of preparing and analyzing the financial reports! Her other JOY is time with family and friends—married since 1980 to her husband, Don (they met in 5th grade) and loving their son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and daughter. They have been members since 1996. Her exploring JOY is travel—of course, somewhere warm in the winter! Her creative JOY is photography and scrapbooking our family memories along with making cards to send some snail-mail love to friends and family. She says to stop by the church office, and let her know what your JOY is!
Kim began her teaching career in 2002. She has had the opportunity to teach three and four year olds, kindergarten, and second grade. She also has experience as a preschool and daycare director. She has taught in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida. Kim graduated from Concordia University in Mequon, WI in 2001 with a BA in Early Childhood (birth-3rd grade). She is married and resides in Bloomington. She considers her call to teach as a wonderful gift from the Lord. It is a job she loves and is passionate about.
Preschool Teachers Aide
Jackie came to St. Michael’s in 2003 as an assistant to the lead teacher in the Preschool. In addition to that position, in 2013 she took on the role as Preschool Director. Previously she worked for the Minneapolis Public Schools in Special Education for 11 years and for 3 years as their Parent Liaison. Jackie has three children and five grandchildren. God has given Jackie the gift of working with little ones for His purpose. Serving the parents and children in the Preschool gives her the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ.
Christina joined the preschool staff in July of 2019. As a former SMLC Preschool parent, Christina is excited about continuing to provide the warm, nurturing, and excellent learning environment that our preschool is known for. Christina and her husband Chris have three children: Gabrielle, Holleigh and Noelle. Their daughters keep them active attending various concerts, plays, recitals, and sporting events! For the past several years while staying home with her girls, she has been involved in a variety of church and school volunteer activities. She also enjoys coaching BAA girls basketball and being part of a Moms in Prayer group at her daughter’s schools.
Prior to her life as a mom, Christina was a Recreation Therapy Coordinator at a local nursing home. A graduate of Winona State University, she had the unique opportunity (for a farm girl from Wisconsin) to live in Vermont and Colorado, working in the health fitness industry. Though they now reside in MN, Christina and her husband continue to be loyal WISCONSIN sports fans! She also enjoys walking, hiking, and being outdoors with her family, a good book, a great movie, baking, and visiting with family, friends and neighbors.
St. Michael's Lutheran Church
9201 Normandale Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55437
Preschool office: 952-230-2025
Mon 8:30am to 3:30pm
Tues-Thurs 8:30am to 9:00pm