Email Rev. Mark E. Becker

Rev. Mark E. Becker

Location

Woodbury, MN

Education

  • Wartburg College
  • MDIV, Wartburg Theological Seminary

Vocational Experience

  • Faith Lutheran, Coon Rapids, MN 1973 – 1985
  • Lutheran Church of Peace, Maplewood, MN 1985 – 2007
  • Saint Paul Lutheran, Stillwater, MN 2007 – 2013
  • Christ Lutheran on Capitol Hill, Saint Paul, MN Bridge Interim
    2014
  • Two terms as Dean – Southeast Conference, Saint Paul Area Synod
  • Internship Supervisor

Statement On Coaching

It feels like a sacred privilege to accompany another who is engaged in ministry. As a conversation partner, my coaching work is to listen well, ask good questions, help identify goals based on expressed values, and notice possible barriers that might keep one from attending to those goals. Coaching often gives attention to the many aspects of ministry along with the wellbeing of the minister. Therefore, my goal is to nurturer a trusting and hopeful relationship where heartfelt, honest conversation can lead to personal and professional growth.

Rev. Philip Formo

Education

  • BA in Education – Pacific Lutheran University
  • MA in Education – St. Cloud State
  • M.Div. – Luther Seminary

Other Credentials

  • Author of three books:
    • Papa -– A Life
      Remembered
      (2013)
    • Writing my Life (2015)
    • A Steeple Chase (2019)

Vocational Experience

  • Associate Pastor, St. Olaf Lutheran Church,
    Austin, MN, 1980-1984
  • Senior Pastor, Prince of Peace Lutheran
    Church, Roseville, MN, 1984-1993
  • Coordinating Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran
    Church, Rochester, MN, 1993-2004
  • Senior Pastor, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church,
    Bloomington, MN, 2004-2011

Other Leadership Experience

  • Currently:
    • member of the
      internship committee at St. Stephen Lutheran Church;
    • guest preacher for the
      Minneapolis Area Synod
  • Past:
    • Board Member of the
      Community Health and Wellness Center
    • Board Member of the
      Youth and Family Institute;
    • Member of the
      Evangelism Task Force for Minneapolis Area Synod;
    • Natural Church
      Development Coach
    • Contextual Leadership
      Cluster Leader for Luther Seminary

Personal/Family Notes

  • Married with two grown daughters

Statement On Coaching

The parish ministry can be a lonely calling.  The coaching experience is an opportunity for pastors to relate confidentially to someone who has or is having similar experiences, challenges and joys.  Coaching can help in many areas including focus and follow through of ministry plans.  Coaching has personally been very helpful to me.

Email Rev. Dan Garnaas

Rev. Dan Garnaas

Location

Grace University Lutheran Church
324 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis  MN  55414
612.331.8125

Education

  • Luther Seminary (M.Div.)
  • Moorhead State University, MS in Counseling
  • St. Olaf College, BA in Art

Other Credentials

  • Center for Spiritual Guidance, Spiritual Direction
    Training
  • Coaches Training Institute, Personal and Professional
    Life Coaching Training

Vocational Experience

  • Co-Pastor – Grace University Lutheran Church
  • Spiritual Director
  • Personal and Professional Life Coach
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment Counselor
  • Vice President of a rural bank

Personal/Family Notes

  • Wife, Pr. Mary Halvorson
  • Three adult children and two granddaughters ages 13 & 2

Statement On Coaching

I have worked as a Coach for a number of years, both in private practice and through Clergy Coaches. I have found the coaching process to be an excellent way for people to deepen their learning and find new joy and fulfillment in their work and in their personal lives. It has been a privilege for me to work with clients in many different fields as well as those in parish ministry.

Email Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson

Location

St Paul, MN

Education

  • Concordia College & UW – Eau Claire – Music & Religion
  • MDIV – Pacific School of Religion & Luther Seminary

Other Credentials

Vocational Experience

  • Campus Ministry Associate – U of M – Morris, MN
  • Associate Pastor – St Andrew, Racine, WI
  • Co-Pastor – Grace University Lutheran Church
  • Central Conference Dean

Other Leadership Experience

  • Grant Writer
  • Bridge Builder
  • Chair Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice
  • Internship Supervisor
  • Synod Worship Leader
  • Retreat Leader

Personal/Family Notes

  • Co-lead pastor with husband Dan Garnaas
  • Parents of three adult children and two grandchildren ages 13 years and 22 months.
  • Loves hiking, quilting, a good book and adventure

Statement On Coaching

It is a gift to work with coaches to deepen, sharpen and excavate the gifts & wisdom that resides in them.

Email Rev. Arne Jessen, Ph.D.

Rev. Arne Jessen, Ph.D.

Location

8723 Promenade Lane, Apt. 304
Woodbury, MN 55125

Education

  • BA – Dana College
  • M.Div. – Luther
    Seminary
  • MTh in Pastoral Care
    & Counseling – Luther Seminary
  • Ph.D. in Religious
    Education – New York University
  • Post Graduate Studies
    in Leadership & Change – Center for Family Process, Baltimore, MD

Other Credentials

  • Commander, US Navy
    Chaplain Corps
  • Board Certified
    Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains
  • Supervisor, Association
    for Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Certified Association
    Executive (CAE), American Society of Association Executives
  • Interim Specialist,
    Interim Ministry Network

Vocational Experience

  • Pastor, Bethlehem
    Lutheran Church, Atwater, MN
  • Hospital Ministry:
    • Associate
      Director of Pastoral Care, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
    • Director
      of Pastoral Care and VP for Church Relations, Lutheran Medical Center, NYC
    • Director
      of Clinical Chaplaincy, St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, MN
  • Director
    of Chaplaincy, Sharp Hospitals, San Diego Hospital Association, CA
  • Executive Director,
    College of Chaplains, APHA, Schaumburg, IL
  • Interim Pastor to
    congregations in IL and MN

Other Leadership Experience

  • Past President, College
    of Chaplains (APC)
  • Researcher of the Year,
    Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Adjunct Faculty – NY
    Theological Seminary, NYC; Luther Theological Seminary, St Paul, MN; Bethel
    West Theological Seminary, San Diego, CA; North Park Theological Seminary,
    Chicago, IL
  • Clinical Faculty,
    University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, MN

Personal/Family Notes

  • Married to Meryl Nelson, RN. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.

Statement On Coaching

Through a professional and confidential relationship with a knowledgeable and experienced coach, a pastor or student can discover new possibilities to address the challenges of ministry, and define and achieve goals, both personal and professional. 

Email Patty Lee

Patty Lee

Location

Minneapolis, MN

Education

  • BA – Augsburg College, 1987
  • MSW/MPH – U of M, 1994
  • MA – Luther Seminary – Deacon, 2002

Other Credentials

  • Spiritual Director Training Program, Wisdom Ways, Carondelet Center, St. Catherine University, 2002

Vocational Experience

  • Chaplain at Fairview Southdale Hospital 2010 – present
  • Chaplain at North Memorial Hospital, 2001 – present

Other Leadership Experience

  • Coordinator of community-based health education program in the Phillips neighborhood, Minneapolis, MN – Five years
  • Lay Leadership in Parish
    • President of Church Council – four years
    • Chair of the Council Committees
    • Stewardship, Worship and Music, Adult Education
    • Secretary of Church Council – two years

Personal/Family Notes

  • I live with my spouse,
    teenage daughter, and dog.
  • We enjoy travel,
    camping, hiking and outdoor activities as a family.

Statement On Coaching

I have experienced the gift of coaching in my own life from trained and experienced coaches.  Their deep listening and thoughtful questions as conversation partners have assisted me in putting my thoughts into words, and my words into actions.  Through these thoughtful conversations, I have gained new insights and have experienced a renewed sense of my call to ministry, as well as finding a path forward.  Being trained as a clergy coach has given me additional valuable tools to use in my work as a hospital chaplain.  I find it a privilege to work as a coach with others now, as they live and work in health care, parish ministry, and other settings.

Email Karna Marks

Karna Marks

Location/Email

Immanuel Lutheran Pepin, WI

Education

  • B.S. Education, Moorhead State University, MN
  • MDiv, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Other Credentials

  • Certified Wellness Coach – Mayo Clinic

Vocational Experience

  • Pastor of Immanuel, Pepin, WI – 1999 to present
  • Retreat Facilitator – Holden Village, Chelan, WA and
    Koinonia, Highland Lake, NY
  • Spiritual Director, Christos Center
  • Daring Waytm Facilitator – Based on the work
    of Dr. Brené Brown

Statement On Coaching

I come to this work with a spirit of gratitude for the coaches who have accompanied me.  Trusting the power of redemptive listening, they provided sacred space to think – to hear myself and God’s promises of freedom and grace.  Coaching is a way of accompanying one another – remaining genuinely curious and respectful, trusting the experience and expertise of each person, the promise of new creation, and God’s absolute love for each one of us.  It’s a way to tap into our creativity as we pursue individual and organizational goals – and to weather challenges with integrity, joy, good humor, courage, and hope.  I look forward to working together. 

Email Rev. John Martinson

Rev. John Martinson

Location

Minneapolis, MN

Education

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, 1966
  • M.Div., Luther Theological Seminary, 1970
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1976
  • D.Min., Pastoral Care & Social Change, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, 1983

Other Credentials

  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Minnesota
  • Fellow, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Studied family systems under and was coached by Dr. Edwin Friedman
  • Licensed Coaching Clinic Facilitator, Corporate Coach U

Vocational Experience

  • Associate pastor with responsibility for youth and education, Las Vegas, Nevada – 7 years
  • Pastoral counselor and director of pastoral counseling agencies working in partnership with congregations (12 years with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis and 7 years with the Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Washington, Washington DC);
  • Interim associate pastor with responsibility for developing pastoral care ministries, Vienna, Virginia – two years.
  • Program Director, Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN (1998 – present)
  • Director, Clergy Coaches (1998 – present)

Other Leadership Experience

  • Past President of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors – (1992 – 1994) and member of the Board of Governors for ten years.
  • Consultation on organizational leadership with a focus on Family Systems and Coaching as frameworks for leadership.

Personal/Family Notes

  • Married with two adult children and two young adult step-grandchildren
  • Hobbies include photography and brewing very good coffee

Statement On Coaching

I believe that parish ministry is highly complex and demanding and that parish pastors and those preparing for ministry deserve the best leadership support available.  Having worked with a coach, Bill Smith, for over 25 years I have great confidence in the unique value of the one-on-one coaching relationship – a relationship that is rooted in profound respect for the person seeking coaching and a deep commitment to careful listening and asking helpful questions.

Susan Miller

Vocational Experience

  • Seventeen years of
    congregational experience.

    • Served
      associate and solo pastorates in Wisconsin and Illinois
    • Served
      interim pastorates in New Jersey and Minnesota
  • Seventeen years of
    judicatory experience

    • Served
      as an Assistant to the Bishop in New Jersey, Saint Paul Area and Southeastern
      Minnesota Synods of the ELCA.
  • Certified as a Healthy
    Congregations Facilitator and as a Bridgebuilder
  • Received Training in
    Conflict Management from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
  • Certified as a
    Spiritual Director with additional certification in the Ignatian Retreat.
  • Certified as an
    Enneagram Facilitator

Statement on Coaching

God has blessed each person with unique gifts and skills for the ministry to which she or he is called.  It gives me great pleasure to work with individuals as they seek to use these gifts to bring God’s grace to their unique settings.  Coaching is a way of deepening both the interior awareness of the individual and exploring how the system in which the individual works (and lives) might be positively influenced.

Email Jen Nagel

Jen Nagel

Location

University Lutheran Church of Hope

Education

  • BA Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
  • MDIV University of Chicago – Divinity School, Chicago, IL
  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Other Credentials

  • Training in Transformational Ministry and Intentional Interim Ministry

Vocational Experience

  • Lead Pastor at University Lutheran Church of Hope
  • 12 years at Salem English Lutheran, redeveloping congregation and creating an ecumenical ministry center.
  • Central Lutheran
  • Chaplaincy at HCMC
  • Youth Ministry and Outdoor Ministry
  • Campus ministry, Ecumenical and interfaith work

Other Leadership Experience

  • Varied leadership and involvement, Minneapolis Area Synod
  • Contextual Education and Internship Supervisor
  • Unite Committee – working on issues of race
  • Part of Proclaim, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries and networks of queer pastors.

Personal/Family Notes

  • Parent with kids still
    at home,
  • Spouse who is clergy
    too

Email Kathie Nycklemoe

Kathie Nycklemoe

Location

St. Paul, MN

Education

  • Masters of Art – Luther
    Seminary –1 989
  • MDIV from LSTC – 1994

Other Credentials

  • Shalem Institute for
    Spiritual Formation – 2002 completed Group Leaders Program in Contemplative
    Prayer
  • Franciscan Spirituality
    Program for Spiritual Direction Training, Completed in 2006
  • Fairview/LSS Clergy
    Coaches Training Completion – 2015

Vocational Experience

  • Mt Pleasant Lutheran,
    Racine, WI – Associate In Ministry 1989 – 1992
  • Abiding Savior Lutheran, Milwaukee,
    WI – Clergy 1994 – 1997
  • Luther Manor Chaplain,
    Milwaukee, WI – 1997 – 1998
  • Mount Olive Lutheran,
    Rochester, MN – 1998 – 2010
  • Zion Lutheran, Anoka, MN –
    2011 – 2015
  • St. Stephen Lutheran, 2015
    – present

Other Leadership Experience

  • Retreat Leading in
    Contemplative Prayer since 2003
  • Working with several
    churches in discernment through the Ignatian Discernment Exercises
  • Mentor/Teacher at Southern
    Seminary/Lenoir Rhyne in the Spiritual Director Certification Program (2017 –
    present)
  • Luther Seminary Intern
    Supervisor

Personal/Family Notes

  • Married to Peter
  • Three young adult
    children
  • Perpetual Learner

Statement On Coaching

I believe we all have the presence of God within us who functions as our inner teacher.  Coaching provides safe space to listen internally and externally to join with the presence of the spirit in the world.

Email Tom Olson

Tom Olson

Location

Minnetonka, MN

Education

  • BBA – Marketing, ND 1989
  • MDIV – Luther Seminary
    1994

Other Credentials

  • Four Units of CPE
  • Church Assessment Tool –
    Trained Interpreter – Holy Cow Consulting
  • Natural Family Systems –
    Studied extensively the work of Bowen and Friedman

Vocational Experience

  • Head of Staff/Senior
    Pastor – (2007 – present)
  • Associate Pastor – Six and
    a half years (2 churches)
  • Solo Pastor – Six and a
    half years (2 churches)

Other Leadership Experience

  • Bridge Builders –
    Minneapolis Area Synod – Ten Years
  • Conflict Listening Post
    with Bishop – Minneapolis Area Synod
  • Supervisor – Seminary
    Contextual Education, Internship Students
  • Natural Family Systems – Coach and Student (Bowen/Friedman) 1999
    – present

Personal/Family Notes

  • Married with three sons

Statement On Coaching

I pursued coaching as a new pastor in a time of transition. The gift of having a confidential, trusted coach asking the important questions profoundly impacted my ministry in many healthy ways. In my coaching I try to create a similar trust built on active listening and clarifying questions.

Email Randy Romsdahl

Randy Romsdahl

Location

Minnetonka, MN

Education

  • Iowa State University; BS Agricultural Business
  • Harvard Law School; Juris Doctor
  • MDIV, Luther Seminary

Vocational Experience

  • Senior Pastor, St John’s Lutheran, Shakopee, MN 2007 – 2014
  • Senior Pastor, St James Lutheran, Crystal, MN 2014 – present
  • Internship Supervisor
  • Congregational President, Minneapolis Area Synod Council
  • SW Conference Dean
  • Reference Council Committee
  • Bishops Election Committee
  • ELCA Churchwide Assembly Voting Member
  • Owned and operated diversified family farm for thirteen years
  • Practiced law at Cargill Incorporated for fourteen years
  • Leading weekly Lutheran Worship Service at the MN Correctional
    Facility for Women – seven years
  • Spiritual Director, Charis MN prison ministry team at MN
    Correctional Facility, Shakopee, MN

Email Larry Strenge

Larry Strenge

Education

  • Luther Seminary, St Paul, Mn – Master of Divinity
  • Augustana University, Sioux Falls, S.D.  Business Administration

Other Credentials

  • Lake Institute on Faith
    and Giving, Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University. Adjunct Faculty,
    Trainer for Cultivating Generous Congregations
  • Generosity Coach for
    Lake Institute graduates of Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising
  • Graduate Lilly School
    of Philanthropy, Fundraising 101
  • ELCA Level 2 Coach for
    Mission Developers and Redevelopers.
  • CoachNet – Trained coach (working on ACC with
    International Coaching Federation)

Vocational Experience

  • Commodity Broker and trader, Cargill Inc and Peavey Company  1973-80
  • Parish pastor 1987-1994
  • Mission Developer, ELCA  1994-2009
  • Director for Evangelical Mission, SW MN Synod, ELCA—2009-2019
  • Coordinator Cultivating Generous Congregations, ELCA (part time) 2019

Other Leadership Experience

  • Committee member ELCA Stewardship Table

Personal/Family Notes

Elizabeth and I have been married for 39 years (1980) and have both recently retired as ELCA pastors. We live near Sartell Mn on the banks of the Mississippi River. We are parents to two sons, Daniel and Nathan. Daniel died in 2014 after living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Nathan is married to Amy, lives in St Paul and they are the parents of our two beautiful granddaughters.

Statement On Coaching

Coaching changed my life in 2003 when I was introduced to the value of power questions and responsive listening with my first coach during my tenure as a mission developer with the ELCA.  Since that time, I’ve tried to grow into the practice of coaching taking classes from CoachNet and working with a mentor coach. As a Director for Evangelical Mission coaching became my favorite way to work with congregations and leaders—both rostered and lay—to help them see God’s vision worked out in their lives. Since my introduction to the power of generosity to be a lens of transformation I’ve developed my coaching skills to now work as a “generosity coach” with graduates of the Lake Institute’s “Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising.” Coaching offers an opportunity for me to help others explore what God is opening up for them to live into with their developing skills, gifts and talents.  I find it a great honor to walk with people as they engage with me as their coach, as they discover the value of either growth or action steps through the coaching process.

Email Christina Womack

Christina Womack

Location

Mendota Heights, MN

Education

  • BS Innovative Marketing, Concordia, St Paul

Other Credentials

  • Mini MBA, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN

Vocational Experience

  • Over 21 years with Portico Benefit Services – leading teams for 12 of those years.
  • Board member for Stewardship of Life Institute, Gettysburg, PA

Other Leadership Experience

  • Previously served as a Volunteer Financial Coach at Luther Seminary.

Personal/Family Notes

  • Blessed mother of daughter Ava and wife of Gabriel

Statement On Coaching

Striving to show people care and respect by walking alongside them; helping them see, claim and live into the gifts they bring to the world.