7800 West County Road 42
Apple Valley, Minnesota

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.”

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…

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.