Lisa was delighted to join St. John’s as its Rector in October 2018. She has been in Minnesota for almost twenty years, so it’s (almost) like she’s a native. She was born and raised in southern California, spent high school in Belgium, and has also lived out east and down south. She served as Assistant Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Edina before joining the St. John’s community. She has also served at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, where she led an innovative Sunday evening service of night prayer + Eucharist. She was a founder of Circle of the Beloved, the Minnesota chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps, and has served on its Board. In her previous career, she was a corporate lawyer, and became a spiritual director as well. She got her J.D. from Columbia University in New York, her M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and her B.A. from Earlham College in Indiana. She was certified as a spiritual director through Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality in St. Paul. She is married to Jeff, an addiction counselor who is a real Minnesota native. Their daughter Carly is in middle school and loves clay and cats. Lisa enjoys running, travel, long conversation, most anything new, and a good card game.
Rex is a cradle Episcopalian native of Southern California, growing up in Orange County. After several years of relocations, while working for B Dalton Bookseller, he was transferred to Minnesota in 1981, and truly considers Minnesota his home. Rex is married, for nearly 50 years, to Linda whom he met in youth group at Saint Michaels Riverside in 1966; they have two adult children, three grandsons a granddaughter, and two great granddaughters, all of whom live in Saint Louis Park. Rex currently works in IT at Delta Airlines. Rex and his wife Linda were active members of St. John’s for years, until Rex discerned a call to become a vocational deacon. He has served as a deacon at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul for many years. Rex serves on the council for ECMN, is the senior safe church trainor for ECMN, completed weekl long training with Isaiah, and former president of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. He is a 54+ year member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship having served on the Executive Council, is a conscientious objector, and non violence trainer. Rex loves reading, films, study of all things theological, liberation theology, progressive politics, fishing, being an early adapter and geek, and self identifies as a feminist contrary to your ordinary aging hippie.
John is a native of Detroit, Michigan, having attended University of Detriot Jesuit High School, Haverford College, and Harvard Divinity School. Ordained in Breck’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit in 1990, John has served as head of the Religion department there ever since. John teaches World Religions, Biblical Studies, Ethics, and Theology at Breck, and is the adviser to the Martin Luther King Conference Committee, the Gay-Straight Alliance and the Bi-Annual Interfaith Spiritual Questions Retreats series. John loves riding his recumbent bicycle everywhere, Nordic skiing, cooking for big crowds, and photography. John is married to Minnneapolis native Lynnell Mickelsen. They have three grown sons, Will, Jackson, and Carter.
Heidi is a native of many different places, having lived in Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania, before moving here in 1996. She graduated from the U of Maryland, the U of Michigan Medical School, and Yale Divinity School. She was initially ordained in the United Methodist Church, then became an Episcopal priest in 1993. She and her partner, Ivy, have been together 33 years and were joyfully married at St. John’s in December 2013. Their daughter, Megan, and her family, live in Tucson, AZ. Heidi is currently flunking retirement, and so still works as a psychiatrist one day a week, as well as serving as priest associate of St. John’s. Heidi and Ivy live with their dog, Shayna. They all enjoy going for walks and camping in the summers. Heidi also likes woodworking, practicing Spanish, and reading almost anything from History to murder mysteries to cereal boxes.
Elizabeth is a new intern at St. John’s who will be part of our parish for the next two years. She is a student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, pursuing a Masters of Divinity and is in formation to become an Episcopal priest. Elizabeth grew up in North Carolina and moved to Minnesota 15 years ago to go to Carleton College in Northfield. After graduating, she worked for 10 years as a community organizer with an organization called TakeAction Minnesota, focusing on issues of healthcare reform, economic justice, and criminal justice reform. For the last year, Elizabeth has been at home with her baby Frances who turned 1 in early June. She lives with Frances and her wife Claire in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul and likes to bike, watch college basketball, garden, and hang out on her front stoop chatting with neighbors (at a safe distance).
Chad is the Minister of Music at St. John’s. Chad’s love of music began at age six and has grown exponentially since then. He studied music with Frances Renzi and Paul Schoenfield at the University of Toledo (Ohio). There, he explored Musical Theatre, directing productions in college and later on the professional stage. During his years in the Toledo area Chad maintained a busy professional music career – filling his schedule with teaching, performing and recording. In 1994 he became the Music Director at Toledo’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Church until the fall of 2007, when he accepted a call to St. John’s. Chad has a unique ability to bring out the musician in everyone. Whether he’s working with world-class musicians or people who only sing in the shower, Chad inspires and energizes those around him. He creates opportunities for everyone to be involved – whether singing, playing an instrument or just humming along. He loves finding ways to reach people through music and is grateful for the strong support he feels at St. John’s.
Heather Miller joined St. John’s in 2020 after serving ten years as the Director of Families with Children at Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Edina, MN. Prior to that, Heather taught in elementary schools in Minnesota and New Mexico and served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho for three years. Heather holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Anthropology/Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Heather grew up in Philadelphia but now calls South Minneapolis home with her husband Chris, daughter Acacia, son Evan, and dog Pippa. When she can, Heather loves to travel and also enjoys leading others on international journeys. She has been leading educational trips to Lesotho (Southern Africa) for ten years and has also led college student trips to South Africa, Lesotho, and Tanzania. When at home, Heather loves to walk around the lakes or go on more adventurous hikes on the Superior Hiking Trail.
Rachel is the Parish Administrator (In the non-liturgical world, she would be called the Office Manager) at St. John’s. Rachel has a degree in Dance from the University of Minnesota, which meant that she always knew that it would be important to have other skills to fall back on. She began working with non-profits and small businesses in administrative rolls such as school coordinator, program director, bookkeeper, and the afore mentioned office manager. As Rachel began to do a little less dancing and teaching she began searching for a full time position that would fit her personality and skills. She was thrilled to end up at St. John’s. In addition to her work pursuits, Rachel keeps busy traveling with her husband Kevin and seeing her son and step-daughters whenever she can.
Jenny was raised in the Lutheran church in the Panhandle of Texas. She left Texas, and the church, at age 18 when she moved to the California coast, where she lived for 10 years. Uninspired by her work, she joined the Peace Corps and moved to Papua New Guinea. She met Mark there, and, as their relationship evolved, he introduced her to the notion of attending church again. When they returned to the United States they lived in Washington, DC, where they began attending a wonderful Episcopal church – a welcome compromise between his Catholic upbringing and her avowed agnosticism. Son Nathan was baptized just before they returned to Papua New Guinea for another 2½ years. They came back to the US to live in Mark’s native Minnesota in 2000, discovered the loving community of St. John’s, and shortly after becoming members, daughter Maren was baptized as well. What began as a volunteer position evolved into Jenny’s ideal part-time job, and she’s been behind the scenes during the week at St. John’s for several years now. (On Sundays, you’ll see her downstairs in her role as “door person” the Godly Play class.)
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