Jay M. Carlson returned to his home state of Minnesota in 2008 to begin serving as pastor at Holy Trinity. He and his wife Kristen are grateful for the home they have found in the vibrant Longfellow neighborhood and among the members of such a caring and active congregation. Jay is passionate about helping people of all ages think about the ways that Christian faith informs daily life and service in the world. In his spare time he enjoys playing drums, running marathons, and visiting playgrounds with his two young daughters, Beatrice and Malena. He blogs at holytrinitypastors.org
Ingrid C. Arneson Rasmussen is the newest Holy Trinity pastor, having joined the community in 2013. Ingrid grew up in a small town in Southwest Minnesota as the daughter of a church organist, which meant that she spent more than her fair share of time under the organ pipes on Saturday nights. It’s there that her curiosity about the intersection of faith, the church, and public life began. Years of study in Atlanta, GA, combined with work in a free health care clinic led her into ordained ministry. She cannot imagine a better life’s call. Ingrid lives in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis with her husband Paul and their firstborn Golden Retriever Freya. Ingrid blogs at holytrinitypastors.org.
Vicki Mann has been on the Holy Trinity staff since 2001, and has been the Church Administrator since 2006; she loves working with the Holy Trinity congregation and staff! Vicki rides her bike to work, is learning to cross country ski, and likes to swim, knit, and camp & canoe with her husband, Mike. They live in the Longfellow neighborhood and have adult children living in the Twin Cities, Dallas, and Detroit.
Nolan Gusdal grew up on the southside of Chicago in the 1970s. Memories of running around the building and grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church as a pastor’s kid influence his passion and care for Holy Trinity. He is a member of the Minnesota Association of Church Facility Managers, which is a great resource for networking with other church building managers. Hired here in 2006, he enjoys maintaining this sacred place of worship. Nolan loves to be with his three children, Sara, Seth, Isaac. He takes them to visit his parents at their cabin in Manitoba each summer. This is one of his favorite family rituals. For exercise he plays basketball and soccer.
Meghan Olsen Biebighauser has served as Parish Organizing Leader at Holy Trinity since 2012. She is a native New Yorker, and while she’ll never understand why you all cut your pizza into small squares, Minnesota is now truly home. Meghan holds a degree in Theology from Valparaiso University and lives in the Powderhorn neighborhood with her husband Jeff and their daughter Frances. She is enthusiastic about her work, building relationships between the congregation and neighborhood, identifying assets and needs, and working together for social change. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Ann Schrooten directs the youth choirs and the Gloria Ringers Handbell Ensemble, is the Children, Youth, and Family coordinator, and assists in worship planning. She is on the artistic team of Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs in Bloomington. A native of Minnesota, Ann received degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota in Vocal Music Performance and Choral Conducting.
David Sims grew up loving music and has served as Cantor at Holy Trinity since 2014. In addition to playing organ and piano for all liturgies, he directs the Adult Choir, Trinity Singers, and assists in worship planning and preparation. David grew up in the cornfields of central Illinois and holds degrees in Church Music and Organ Performance from St. Olaf College and Indiana University. His compositions are published by GIA and Augsburg Fortress, and you can usually find him on a search for a new hymn text, recipe, or a source of coffee.
Stephanie Oyen grew up accompanying and singing in her church choir and has been the pianist for the youth choir since 2011. She is married with two boys and spends her free time exploring nature with her family.
Sue Roberts started working in the office at Holy Trinity in September 2014. She’s there on Mondays and Wednesdays working on the Community Church, the bulletin, the Website, and other tasks. Sue and her husband Bill joined Holy Trinity in 1987, shortly after moving to Minneapolis. All three of their children (Will, Lucy, and Eliza) were baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity. Sue plays trombone with the North Shore Brass, and in her spare time she enjoys Broadway musicals and yarn stores.
Blaine Ternes joined the Holy Trinity staff in December 2014. You’ll find him caring for the church building on weekday evenings and Sunday mornings. Be sure to say hi!