Mark Vinge, Senior Pastor
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Gretchen Rode, Associate Pastor
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After growing up in Northfield Minnesota, I left the land of Cows, Colleges, and Contentment for Vassar College in upstate New York. After graduation, with a degree in biology and Latin American studies, I traveled to Concepcion, Chile with an organization called WorldTeach. When I returned to the States, I pursued my love of teaching at two KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter schools in California, teaching 6th and 7th graders about the wonders of plate tectonics as well as the structure of DNA. I became very involved in University Lutheran Chapel of Berkeley and with that congregation, I led a delegation to our sister synod of El Salvador where I fell in love with church, advocacy, and the deep relationships that are grown through faith. I returned to the Bay Area to study at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and received my Master’s in Divinity in 2014. Along the way, I met my wife while we were both working as chaplains at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital and, subsequently, was the Vicar at Trinity Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I love salsa dancing, watching cooking competitions shows, reading young adult fiction, and going on long road trips. My wife, Jill, is a pastor at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul and we live happily with our pup, Petunia, in Minneapolis.
George Brooke, Director of Music
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Gorden C. Aune Jr., Administrative Assistant
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I was born on the other side of the pond, England, while my Dad was serving in the Air Force. By the time I was two years old, we were residing in Inver Grove Heights. I grew up in the St. Paul area. In the early 90s, I migrated across the river to Minneapolis. I have been married for over 20 years and have three grown children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.After graduating from Inver Hills Community College, I have used my Accounting Degree in a variety of positions throughout the years as mainly an Office Manager. Primarily as a payroll/office manager with the automotive industry. When I am not volunteering for the city of Brooklyn Park or volunteering as Secretary/Treasurer of the Masonic Motorcycle Club Minnesota Chapter #24, my lovely wife, Marie and I enjoy exploring the State of Minnesota on our Harley.