Learn about our incoming 2023 vestry members.
Tonya and I have been married for 25 years, we live in the Hale-Field neighborhood of South Minneapolis and have two children, Edward and Helen, ages 12 and 10. I work as a social worker in the Bloomington Public Schools at Oak Grove Middle. I also play sousaphone in two New Orleans style jazz bands, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band and the Southside Aces.
In any case, I was born in California and was baptized a few months later on the day after Christmas, 1976. That was also the day the Christmas tree caught fire in the church where the baptism took place. No one has ever proven that the two events were related. I grew up in the United Methodist Church, where she was confirmed, but longed for a more “smells and bells” experience. I found what I was looking for in the Episcopal Church. I love participating in the Festival Choir and Chime Choir, and have been teaching in the Godly Play classroom for several years. My career thus far has mostly been in the field of education. I also occasionally moonlight as a professional storyteller. I live in St Louis Park with my wife Melanie, our son Anders, and an unreasonable collection of pets. I served on both the vestry and the bishop’s committee at Gethsemane Episcopal Church back in the 2000s, and I am honored to have an opportunity to join the vestry at St John’s.