Pastoral Staff

Pat Simmons

Pat Simmons

Senior Pastor

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.

pastorpat@smlcb.org

Ryan Alvey

Ryan Alvey

Associate Pastor

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.

pastorryan@smlcb.org

Randy Sherren

Randy Sherren

Preaching Pastor

Pastor Sherren has been a preaching and teaching pastor at St. Michael’s since 2014.  Before retiring from full-time ministry he served several congregation including Redemption Lutheran, Bloomington; Trinity Lutheran, Medford, MN; and Berea Lutheran, Richfield, MN.  Pastor Sherren also taught in Lutheran Schools and as an adjunct professor of theology at Concordia University, St. Paul.

Ministry Staff

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

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.

janderson@smlcb.org

Rachel Ash

Rachel Ash

Care Ministry Director

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.

rash@smlcb.org

Derek Bates

Derek Bates

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.

dbates@smlcb.org

Kevin Berg

Kevin Berg

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!!!

Michelle Totten

Michelle Totten

Children's Ministry

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.

mtotten@smlcb.org

Administration / Facilities

Susan Beuning

Susan Beuning

Office Administrator

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 16 years with her husband David and 7 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.

sbeuning@smlcb.org

 

Tim Braun

Tim Braun

Grounds

Tim has worked part-time in facilities at St. Michael’s since November of 2020, and is full time as of May 2021. He and his daughter Amanda live in Maple Grove and enjoy the outdoors, especially archery, fishing, and camping. 

tbraun@smlcb.org

Megan Drabek

Megan Drabek

Administrative Assistant

Bio coming soon!

mdrabek@smlcb.org

Mike McClellan

Mike McClellan

Grounds

Mike and his wife Karen have lived in Bloomington for over 25 years and have been married for over 30. They have one adult daughter, Miki. The McClellans have been attending St. Michael’s since 1991 and Mike has been working here since 2012. They enjoy going up north to their cabin, and Mike’s current project is setting up a wood shop in his pole barn.

mmcclellan@smlcb.org

Tom Solberg

Tom Solberg

Finance Director

Tom Solberg, along with his wife Sue, are Bloomington natives and grew up at St. Michael’s. After many years of financial roles in industry, he now supports two churches with these skills. He has been in the position of Finance Director at St. Michael’s since 2019.

finance@smlcb.org

Preschool Staff

Kim Link

Kim Link

Preschool Teacher

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.
Sara Bryan

Sara Bryan

Preschool Teachers Aide

Sara Bryan begins in Fall of 2020 as the preschool Teacher’s Aide. Sara grew up in Southwest MN. After graduating from the U of M, she was a funeral director before becoming a stay-at-home mom Sara lives in Bloomington with her husband Chris, step-daughter Madison, son Ray, and daughter Vanessa. They attend St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. Ray and Vanessa both attended St. Michael’s Preschool. Sara enjoys spending time with her family, coaching youth sports, running, hiking, and working on a good puzzle. She looks forward to working with the staff and children at St. Michael’s Preschool in a new role. She is most excited to get to know each individual child and watch them grow in their faith and education. 

Kristi Lueth

Kristi Lueth

Preschool Director (Interim)

Kristi Lueth is married to James and they have 4 boys. She feels blessed to have been a stay-at-home mom for many of their growing up years, although she assures them that she has still been working during that time — managing a busy household, supporting her husband, and volunteering with church, booster clubs, homeschool co-ops, Meals on Wheels, Bible studies, and more. In a former life she was a CPA. Kristi loves being active and doing almost anything with her family, especially camping, hiking, and nordic skiing. She has been known to stay up until 3 AM just to finish a good book and enjoys working puzzles, making home-cooked meals, gardening, and playing games.

psdirector@smlcb.org

Welcoming and Loving Our Neighbors in Response to God's Love

Contact Us

St. Michael's Lutheran Church
9201 Normandale Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55437
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Phone: 952-831-5276
Email: office@smlcb.org
Preschool office: 952-230-2025

Hours

Building/Office Hours
Mon-Thurs 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Covid-19 Response

SMLC COVID preparedness plan May 11, 2021

Outdoor Worship Order of Service

Order of Worship June 27, 2021

Service Times

Livestream:
Thursdays, 7 pm
Sundays, 8 am
In-person:
Thursdays, 7 pm
Sundays, 8 am (indoor) and 9:30 am (outdoor)