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2023 Vestry Slate

By December 15, 2022December 26th, 2022No Comments

Learn about our incoming 2023 vestry members.

Junior Warden

Doug Mensing

I was born and raised in New Jersey as an “active” Lutheran, but after college (Valparaiso University) I stumbled into the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.

I was born and raised in New Jersey as an “active” Lutheran, but after college (Valparaiso University) I stumbled into the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. I’ve been regularly attending St. John’s since the late 1990s, during which I have engaged in many aspects of our parish, including participating in music ministry, helping lead our Earth Matters Committee, participating in a mission trip to San Lucas - Toliman (Guatemala), chaperoning a pilgrimage group along Spain’s Camino de Santiago, intermittently volunteering with Urban Homeworks, and serving for a term on Vestry. I met my wife, Ashley, in 2003 at a St. John’s 100th anniversary celebration, and we were married in the sanctuary in 2010. Our children, Alexandra and Eva, participated in St. John’s youth programs, from Godly Play through pilgrimage. Professionally, I am a restoration ecologist, and not surprisingly, I am often most at peace out in nature. I am inspired by the energy and creativity of St. John’s staff and the greater parish, and I look forward to helping our community navigate the challenging but simultaneously exciting times we are living in as a faith community in a struggling yet beautiful world.
Vestry member

Caron Stebinger

Until 2018 my spouse Peter, a retired Episcopal Priest, and I had spent all of our nearly 50 years together in Connecticut, where we raised our two children.

Until 2018 my spouse Peter, a retired Episcopal Priest, and I had spent all of our nearly 50 years together in Connecticut, where we raised our two children. I have had a number of careers: eight years as a grad student and biologist, 26 years as an elementary educator, half of them as a science specialist, and overlapping those careers, 42 years as a parent and 9 as a grandparent. Born and raised a devout Roman Catholic, I was received into the Episcopal Church in grad school. To support my community of faith and sustain myself spiritually, I have sung in the choir, taught church school, been a lector, completed EFM (Education for Ministry), organized and participated in discussion and book groups, been part of social action ministries in CT, on SD's Rosebud Reservation, and in an impoverished rural district of Kenya. As a retiree in my fifth year of living in Minneapolis, I am happy to have found a spiritual home at St. John's, where I sing, teach church school, and volunteer at Urban Homeworks, First Nations Kitchen, and St. Nicholas Food Share. I also regularly participate in adult education offerings, Spirit Group and book group. I am honored and excited to have an opportunity to serve on the vestry that supports St. John's amazing staff and congregants.
Vestry member

Erik Jacobson

I grew up in Minneapolis and attended Mayflower Church where Bill Petersen was my Sunday school teacher and youth group leader.

I grew up in Minneapolis and attended Mayflower Church where Bill Petersen was my Sunday school teacher and youth group leader. In 2012, when my wife, Tonya Tennessen, and I were looking for a new church community, Bill suggested we visit St. John’s. We immediately were drawn to the congregation’s warmth and commitment to social justice and the greater good.

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.

Clerk

Mike Walters

I was born in Dearborn, Michigan. I came to Minneapolis in 2007 along with his spouse and former Senior Warden, Stacy Walters.

I was born in Dearborn, Michigan. I came to Minneapolis in 2007 along with his spouse and former Senior Warden, Stacy Walters. I am medicinal chemist by training and a technologist by avocation; currently attempting to discover and develop a drug to treat cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s. I have been a Vestry member, and Junior and Senior Warden in the past few years. Stacy and I went along for the last Pilgrims' trip to Spain (and they both will travel with the Pilgrims to Greece this summer) and journeyed to Alabama on one of St. John's Habitat for Humanity trips. I also have facilitated Sunday School, Adult Formation, and pop-up book studies. I am proud to be an acolyte, lector, coffee brewing aficionado, and general friendly spirit around the church. We have two children, John, and Nicole. Nicole introduced us to St. John's when we arrive in Minneapolis and was a Vestry member when I was Junior Warden. John and Alissa Broz Walters were married at St. John's eleven years ago. I look forward to returning as clerk.
Vestry member

Sara Logan

I have been attending St John’s since just after Easter, 2013. It is the third St John’s I’ve attended regularly, but it seems all three churches had a different St John as their patron.

I have been attending St John’s since just after Easter, 2013. It is the third St John’s I’ve attended regularly, but it seems all three churches had a different St John as their patron (The Cathedral of St John the Divine, and St John’s Getty Square, Yonkers, being the other two — it’s not clear which John the Yonkers church honors, but I suspect it’s the Evangelist).
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.
Treasurer

Kathy Schweikart

I have been attending St. John’s for 17 years. During that time I served on the Vestry, was Senior Warden and have taught Sunday School.

I have been attending St. John’s for 17 years. During that time I served on the Vestry, was Senior Warden and have taught Sunday School. I am a lifelong Episcopalian and, with the exception of a few years, have always been part of an Episcopal congregation. Prior to St. John’s my family attended St. Paul’s near Lake of the Isles where I served for a number of years as Treasurer. My husband and I have two young adult children. I retired from General Mills in July 2019 after spending most of my career there in a variety of finance roles. I currently also am Treasurer of Circle of the Beloved, Minnesota’s chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps, and a Trustee for Sheltering Arms Foundation. I look forward to supporting St. John’s in this role.