Apple Valley, Minnesota

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Wednesdays · 6:00 PM

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.”

Rev. Lamont Koerner

Pastor Lamont began serving in the role of Interim Pastor on behalf of the Saint Paul Area Synod in 2010. He has served seven congregations in that capacity as well as two long-term calls in congregations prior to that all within the St. Paul-Minneapolis Metro Area ranging from rural exurban settings to the heart of…

Rev. Jen Collins

Rev. Jen Collins has been serving the Saint Paul Area Synod as a minister of Word and Sacraments since 2015. She has been called into ministry journeying with people in their faith walk with God and one another, engaging with community organizing efforts throughout the Twin Cities. Within the Saint Paul Area Synod (SPAS), Pastor Jen has co-led…

Lisa Sampson

Before accepting this call to Grace, Lisa served in four congregations over the past 20+ years where she has found passion in building community across the generations, especially in worship, where all ages are present and engaged. She believes that it is vital for a faith community to, create space where young people are accepted…

Carol Mager

Hi, my name is Carol Mager & I’m the new Parish Nurse at Grace. I retired just before Covid-19 hit after working for 47 years in the ICU. After I retired I still felt the call to help people so was happy to take a few classes & continue to help at Grace. I’ve been…

Shari Albrecht

Shari Albrecht has been the organist at Grace since 2016.  Her career as a Lutheran church organist began in middle school in Southern Illinois when she realized that playing the organ paid better than babysitting and got her out of acolyte duty.  She stuck with it because it is fun and challenging!  Shari loves to…

Joni Baldwin

Joni Baldwin has served as the Financial Administrator at Grace Lutheran since January of 2007. Her primary responsibilities are in accounting, payroll, benefits and church insurance. Along with the preparations of monthly reports to the treasurer and commissions, Joni works closely with her office colleagues and enjoys meeting volunteers and members of the congregation. Prior…

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.

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…

Dave Lown

Dave has been on staff since 2006. He has forty years of experience in the trades, maintenance and property management, and is a former business owner. He has a First Class license as a Boiler Engineer, and is a Journeyman Electrician. Dave is married with three children and two really fun grandsons.