Rev. Julie Ebbesen, Pastor, came to St Peder’s in August, 2005, as Interim Pastor and was called by the congregation to serve as Pastor in October, 2006. A 1986 graduate of Luther Seminary, St Paul, Pastor Ebbesen also served at First Lutheran, Minot, North Dakota; Zion, Prairie Village, KS; and Faith, Waconia, MN. From 1991-1995, she served on the ELCA Board for Congregational Ministries, and was a member of the task force that created The Use of the Means of Grace – the ELCA document on sacramental practices that was adopted in 1997. She has also been President of the Luther Seminary Alumni/ae Association and has had various leadership roles in the Central States Synod and the Minneapolis Area Synod throughout her ministry. She loves living in south Minneapolis with her black lab, Lucy. Her favorite avocation is being an auntie… “It’s the best job in the world!”

Shannon T.L. Kearns, Director of Faith Formation and Outreach, holds a BS in Youth Ministry from Grace College and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. He is passionate about faith formation and discipleship and brings years of experience in several different traditions to his work. He also gets excited about outreach and widening the church welcome. He is an avid reader, a baseball fan (rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies), and loves cheesy television. In his spare time he is the founder of Uprising Theatre Company, a company that aims to bring together storytelling with social justice action. Their motto is: Stories to change the world.

Anika Kildegaard, Choral Music Director, is a 2013 graduate from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a Bachelor’s of Arts in both Vocal Music Performance and Spanish, and an area of concentration in Piano Accompaniment. She works for the Schubert Club providing musical training to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and also serves on the board of directors at Chanson Voice and Music Academy, a non-profit music school in St. Paul. Anika sings with VocalEssence under the direction of Phillip Brunelle, and with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale under the direction of Dale Warland. In the spring of 2011, Anika sang a duet with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion. She served as accompanist at a United Methodist/United Church of Christ church in Morris, MN for five years.

Rita Juhl, Organist was born in Ringsted, Iowa, in 1932.  My home church was St. John’s Lutheran, which was a beautiful wood frame church in the country.  Our farm was about one third of a mile from the church, and one of my fondest memories is of hearing the church bell toll every night at sundown.  It was such a comforting sound, and it gave us the opportunity to stop our “busy-ness” and be still for a few minutes. I got my first organ job there, in 1946, playing an organ that required me to pump the pedals to produce a sound.

I attended Grand View College in Des Moines, where I met Dick, and I graduated from the Univ. of Mn. in 1954, after which I got a job at the university as an instructor in the Music Ed. Dept.   In 1958 I chose to become a “stay-at-home Mom” to 4 children.  I was offered a job as an organist at St. Peder’s when I came to the university in 1952, and I was thrilled to have the chance to play a fine pipe organ!   I was the junior choir director at St. Peder’s for 25 years, and I had a private piano studio in our home for 50 years, teaching piano students.  Music has been a huge part of my life, and I am humble and ever so grateful for the opportunity that I have had to share music with the congregants of St. Peder’s Church over the past years.  It has been a joy and a privilege to do this.

Sarah Zuber, Office Coordinator,  enjoys contributing to the community at St. Peder’s through her administrative work. She joined St. Peder’s staff in December 2013.  She is graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul with a degree in music performance and extensive work experience in administrative support, sales and communications. She is passionate about helping churches and non-profits grow and benefit from clear organization and creative communications. She is also a singer, yoga teacher and foodie.

Debbie Wolking – Accounts Manager

Jim Austin – Caretaker


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