Ingrid C. Arneson Rasmussen joined the Holy Trinity community in 2013 as Associate Pastor and became Lead Pastor in 2017. 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, their firstborn Golden Retriever Freya, and daughter Solveig. Ingrid blogs at holytrinitypastors.org.
The Rev. Angela T. Khabeb joined the Holy Trinity ministry staff in August 2018. Pastor Angela, a Bridges Scholar, completed seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where she won the James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching. Pastor Angela completed her undergrad at Carthage College in Kenosha. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska but has lived in many other cities, including Chicago, Denver, Kenosha, and Springfield, Missouri. From 2000-2002, Angela was an ELCA missionary in Namibia, Africa where she met and married her husband, Benhi. Benhi and Angela have been married since 2001 and they have three wonderful children Konami, Khenna, and Khonni. In their spare time, this vibrant family enjoys world music, creative writing, leisurely walks, and bike riding. Pastor Angela’s core spiritual belief is quite simple: Jesus is intimately and infinitely concerned with each and every one of us.
Doug Mork joined the Holy Trinity staff in 2020 as part-time Associate Pastor. With some encouragement from Paul Wellstone, Doug began his working life organizing garment workers in the Deep South in 1987. He was ordained in 1997 and has served several congregations in the Twin Cities while also continuing to work both locally and nationally on labor organizing, immigration, and the intersections of faith, vocation, and economic justice. He lives in NE Minneapolis with his wife, Mary Beth Bierwagen, and has two adult daughters. In his spare time, Doug bikes, kayaks, plays in his wood shop, and brews beer.
David Rojas Martínez joined the Holy Trinity staff in May 2020 as Community Engagement and Education Coordinator. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University and his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary. Originally from Cuernavaca, when it comes to the U.S., David feels most at home in South Minneapolis. David is a consecrated deacon of the Lutheran Diaconal Association and is passionate about walking alongside people of all ages in their faith-life journeys. David has a mom, two older brothers, three older sisters, four nieces, and eight nephews who live between Mexico City and Frankfort, Indiana. Considering himself a connoisseur of tacos, cheeses, teas, and beer, David spends his free time exploring the Twin Cities for the next delicious bites and sips.
Pam Wetterlund took on her role as Communications and Congregational Coordinator at Holy Trinity in May 2019. Prior to that, Pam’s work life hovered mainly around administrative positions in the arena of electoral politics and policy at the grassroots level. After serving on U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone’s campaign, senate, and political staffs for several years in Minnesota, Pam eventually landed in Paul’s Washington, D.C. office. She returned to Minnesota in summer-1999 to work for one of the first engagement consulting firms in the country, Grassroots Solutions. Pam provided administrative and infrastructure support there for 18 years before coming to Holy Trinity. She loves working alongside her delightful, talented colleagues, and interacting with the congregation so full of love and compassion for the neighbor. When she’s not working, Pam loves road trips that wander aimlessly, music, photography, books, especially British mysteries, and windy days, but most of all she loves dogs. Pam gets her “Lutheran credentials” from her mom, the child of Lutheran Danish immigrants.
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 at Holy Trinity in 2006, Nolan takes pride in maintaining this sacred place of worship. Nolan loves spending time with his three children, Sara, Seth, Isaac, and with his grandson, William. He’s very happy when he can get them all to accompany him on his annual trip to visit his parents at their cabin in Manitoba each summer, one of his favorite family rituals. For exercise, Nolan likes to play basketball and soccer.
Ann Schrooten has been a musician on staff at Holy Trinity since 1996. She directs the Children’s Choir, the Cantate! Youth Ensemble, and the Gloria Ringer Handbell Ensemble, and assists the Pastors and Cantor with worship planning. She also teaches music to the children of the Sunday school and leads a Summer Music Camp each June. Ann holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Music Performance from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota. In 2018, she received the Certificate of Director of Young Singers by the Choristers Guild Institute; an intensive 3-summer program which focuses on the musical and spiritual education of young singers in the church. Ann has been a guest conductor for American Choral Directors Association Elementary Honor Choirs in South Dakota and Minnesota, presented choral repertoire sessions for ACDA, Choristers Guild, and J.W. Pepper, sang professionally with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers for eight seasons, conducted the Cantabile choir of the Angelica Cantanti Youth Chorus based in Bloomington from 2006-2016, and held interim conducting positions at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse. In addition to believing that every child is a singer, Ann is passionate about hiking, Golden Retrievers, bee-keeping, trees, welding, and writing. She is married to Dawn Wieczorek. They live in Little Canada with their son, Grayson, and Golden Retriever, Dasher.
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.
Sue Roberts started working in the office at Holy Trinity in September 2014. She’s there on Mondays and Tuesdays working on the Community Church and the bulletin. Sue and her husband Bill joined Holy Trinity in 1987, shortly after moving to Minneapolis. All three of their children (Will, Lucy, and Liza) were baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity. In her spare time she enjoys musicals and yarn stores.
Kaia Ellis joined Holy Trinity as our Financial Administrator in April, 2020. Kaia holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Accounting and Financial Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management. Kaia grew up in Minneapolis and she’s looking forward to reenergizing her connections with the city of her birth. South Minneapolis’ wonderful neighborhoods are familiar to Kaia, as she used to attend church at Mindekirken, just “down the road” from Holy Trinity. Kaia now resides in Apple Valley with her husband, Kevin. They are the proud parents of Conner (15), Teagan (7), Finley (4), and their doggie pal, Rascal. She’s is very excited to get to know the Holy Trinity community!
Kathy Ekwall was a graphic design student at Brown Institute in 1994 when Holy Trinity posted a help wanted ad on the school’s bulletin board. Kathy was hired as a part-time custodian, a position she planned to remain for about a year, until she finished school. Then she decided to stay a little longer to help pay for student loans. The people at Holy Trinity began to feel like family, and the job didn’t feel so much like a “job,” so she decided to stay a little longer. That “little longer” has turned into over two decades! Since graduating, Kathy has also worked full-time as a graphic designer, at the Star Tribune and in her own freelance graphic design business.
Dennis Nordholm became a part-time member of Holy Trinity’s custodial staff after retiring from his day job. Dennis works diligently with the other members of our custodial team to keep the Holy Trinity campus clean, tidy, and functioning well. Dennis grew up in the Longfellow neighborhood and he likes it so much he never left! He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Minnesota more years ago than he’s willing to share, and he’s been a member of Holy Trinity his entire life. As a child, Dennis was baptized at Holy Trinity, and he met his wife, Linda, at the church almost two decades ago. Linda brought three children into her marriage to Dennis and they now enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren. In his spare time, when he’s not entertaining his grand kids, Dennis enjoys birding. Be sure to say “hi!” if you see him caring for our church building in the evenings or on Sunday mornings.
Fiona Carson is a long-time member of Holy Trinity. In 2018-2019, Fiona was a missionary with the ELCA in eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland). She now works at St. Olaf College (her alma mater) as an administrative assistant to the Lutheran Center and Faculty Development Center.
Talli Cox, 23, was born in Wisconsin (Go Packers!), but moved to Minnesota when she was two years old. She has five sisters and one brother. Talli began working at a Montessori school when she turned 18. The work resonated with her and about 2 years ago, Talli began work at New Horizon Child Care Center about the same time she decided to get an Associate’s Degree in Child Development. Currently, Talli works in Holy Trinity’s nursery on Sundays, New Horizon on Fridays, and Monday through Thursday she nannies for the wonderful Murray family, also part of the Holy Trinity community. She absolutely loves working with children!
Hannah Scott is 23 years old, happily living in an apartment in the beautiful city of St. Louis Park with her cat, Winter. Hannah enjoys working in Holy Trinity’s Nursery and has been with us for over a year. She’s currently majoring in Occupational Therapy, but prior to that she had majored in Early Childhood Education, so she is a good fit in the nursey. Hannah’s favorite activities to do with the kids are reading, coloring, and “pretend” play. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys activities such as bowling, rock climbing, yoga, and talking with friends—her personality type is an ESTJ, so she’s a bit of a “chatty Cathy.” Hannah’s very excited to keep learning more about Holy Trinity’s families!
Karleigh Crepin is a first-year Master of Divinity Student at Luther Seminary from Apple Valley. She will be working with Holy Trinity for two years as her “beloved community” placement. As a beloved community scholar, Karleigh’s focus is dismantling systems of oppression by working at sites active in the fight against systems of oppression. Previously, Karleigh worked as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. After college, Karleigh did missionary work in Adelaide, Australia, from 2017-2018 through the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission. Karleigh says that was the best year of her life (so far!), and she’s still close with her host community.
Mollie Varpness is in her first year as a Master of Divinity student at Luther Seminary. While working on her B.A. at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, Mollie enjoyed opportunities to serve the community through Campus Ministry. That experience and working as an intern at Our Savior’s instilled a passion for Social Justice and led to her realization that she loves being with and learning from others. Mollie’s acquired a love for ministry, and she wants to explore how she can combine her passions to help the world around her. She hopes to eventually become an ordained minister in the ELCA. In July 2020, Mollie became engaged to her fiancé, Derek, and they are hoping to have a wedding in the summer of 2021.
Erik grew up in Appleton, WI and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2018. He currently works at Arch Insurance Group and is a member of the Minneapolis-based nonprofit choir From Age to Age. When he is not making music, Erik frequents the nearest Starbucks to fuel his studies as he works towards an associate designation through the Casualty Actuarial Society.