7800 West County Road 42
Apple Valley, Minnesota
952-432-7273

Meet the staff and leaders of the vibrant ministry happening at Grace. Their dedication, hard work, and passion guides this community towards its mission, and exemplifies our identity of being “a people and place where generosity and graciosness abound.”

Vanessa Young

Vanessa comes to us from the western suburbs of Chicago, where she has worked in youth and family ministry for more than 18 years (beginning when she herself was in high school), most recently as the Director for Children’s, Youth & Family Ministry at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL. She is a 2004…

Lois Williams

Lois has been on staff at Grace since 2008. She works part time with Paula Ewald as Co-Director of Children’s Ministries. They feel that working with the nursery children through fifth graders is a joy, and being a part of the children’s first introduction to their faith is especially rewarding. In addition to the nursery…

Paula Ewald

Paula has been on staff at Grace since 2008. She works part time with Lois Williams as Co-Director of Children’s Ministries. They feel that working with the nursery children through fifth graders is a joy, and being a part of the children’s first introduction to their faith is especially rewarding. In addition to the nursery…

Jared Rendell

Jared directs our Communications and Systems at Grace, and also leads the GraceAbounds Band from behind a vocal mic and an acoustic guitar. He has a decade of worship leading experience from the church sanctuary to the campfire ring. He’s also been coaching churches and organizations on digital, social, and communications strategy for 5+ years. He’s been a member of Grace for 11 years, is married to fellow Anna, and has three kids, Sam, Josie, and Clara.

Steven Boehlke

Steve is the director of the Grace Choir and Bells of Grace. A music teacher for 35 years (last at Rosemount High School), Steve now teaches choral music education courses and works with student teachers from Winona State University. He also serves as artistic director of the Minnesota Valley Men’s Chorale.

John Koziol, Jr.

John is in charge of Grace’s summer music series and plays piano for various special events at the church. A gifted pianist, John heads the praise band at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church and plays keyboards in a variety of local bands.

Laurel Jacobson

Laurel feels blessed to have been a staff member at Grace for the past decade, working as Director of Intergenerational Ministries in the many and varied tasks of the position. The heart of her ministry is working with people, and as a highly relational person, this is a great fit! One of her favorite tasks…

Kathy Kuehne

Prior to working at Grace Kathy was employed at UNIVAC in Eagan for twelve years. She has been on staff at Grace as an assistant to Children, Youth & Families Ministries since September 1986. Kathy schedules baptisms, processes registrations for Grace Bible School, Confirmation, Vacation Bible School, camps, maintains the database for our youth from…

Joni Baldwin

Joni Baldwin has served as the Financial Administrator at Grace since 2007. She works closely with the Treasurer and staff regarding finance, insurances, and payroll. Prior to Grace, Joni worked as an Accounting Supervisor at an engineering firm in Bloomington and as an Administrative Manager at a manufacturing plant in Rogers, MN. Joni and her…