Abiding Savior is blessed with dedicated, talented, and caring individuals who support the ministries of our congregation.
Pastor Ryan Brodin, Senior Pastor
Ryan Brodin – x103 – Senior Pastor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Dr. Ryan Brodin came to Abiding Savior in August of 2009. He was born and raised in Anoka, Minnesota, where he was active in Zion Lutheran Church and many school activities including football, tennis, basketball, choir and theater. Pastor Brodin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and his Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also has received his Certificate in Pastoral Leadership from Augsburg College. Before coming to Abiding Savior Pastor Ryan had served as Co- Pastor of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Fridley, Minnesota. His wife, Kendra, is Director of Lawyer Talent at Briggs & Morgan Law Firm in Minneapolis. They live in Shoreview with their 2 daughters and their son. Pastor Ryan loves to fish, play golf, cheer on any Minnesota sports team, watch movies and visit family and friends in his free time.
Pastor Lisa Richardson Engen, Associate Pastor
Lisa Richardson – x104 – Associate Pastor – email@example.com
Pastor Lisa Richardson Engen has been the Associate Pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach at Abiding Savior since August of 1998. She grew up in North Minneapolis, in the Camden area and New Brighton. She graduated from Irondale High School. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 1978 and received her Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 1983. She was ordained on September 4, 1983. She spent her internship in Cresco, Iowa. Her first call was at Messiah Lutheran in Sioux Falls, SD. She served at St. Stephen Lutheran in Marshall, MN and congregations in the Twin Cities – Christ the King in New Brighton, University Church of Hope before coming to Abiding Savior.
She is the mother of 4 children, Anna, Maria, Rebecca, and Andy and is married to Gary Engen. She has 9 grandchildren, Sophie, Leif, Shelby, Grace, Lazarus, Addy, Cameron, Myles and Levi. She enjoys being with family and people of all ages, being outside, speaking Norwegian, singing, playing guitar and hockey.
Katie Brouillard, Office Manager
Katie Brouillard – x102 – Office Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie and her family have been members at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church for the past few years, and she is excited to be a part of such a supportive, caring church family! Katie joined the ASLC staff in February of 2017. Prior to joining our staff, Katie ran a specialty dessert business out of her home in Blaine, and also brings many years of experience in event planning, business administration, and sales experience. Katie attended college at both St. Kate’s and Bethel University, studying Business Management. Katie grew up in Osakis, MN, but has lived in Blaine for the past 17 years with her family. Her husband, Dan, works at Graco, Inc. in Minneapolis and they have three wonderful children: Dylan, Jack, and Taylor. All three kids are active in church activities & sports, and Katie loves to support them and cheer them on! When Katie is not in the office, you will most likely find her in the stands at a sporting event, cooking meals for her family, baking, reading a book, snuggling with her dog, Chopper, or spending time with family and friends. During the summer months, she and the family love spending time outdoors, specifically participating in some type of water activity!
Amy Haugen, Office Assistant
Amy Hougen – x101 – Office Assistant – email@example.com
Connie Clausen, Office Assistant
Connie Clausen – x101 – Office Assistant – firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie and her family have been members of Abiding Savior since 2008. She grew up in Western Wisconsin where her father served as pastor of a 2-point parish for 36 years. Connie attended Augsburg University in Minneapolis and worked for Portico Benefit Services (ELCA Board of Pensions) for 17 years prior to making the decision to concentrate on being a full-time wife and mom to her 4 kids. Shortly after leaving her full-time job, she began working part-time at Abiding Savior as well as at a law firm in St. Paul. She loves spending time with her husband Andy, and children Adam, Aaron, Ryan and Rachel. She enjoys watching her kids participate in their sporting events, spending time outside, DIY woodworking projects, and reading.
Deacon Brad Mills, M.Div.
Ordained Deacon (Minister of Word & Service)
Brad Mills – x110 – Deacon and Director of Youth Ministries – email@example.com or 612.242.7250
Originally from New Brighton, MN, Deacon Brad has also been a Mounds View resident since 2008. Prior to Abiding Savior, Deacon Brad has worked as a Director of Youth Ministry for Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel, MN. Deacon Brad holds two Masters degrees (M.A. in Theology and Master of Divinity), one from Bethel Seminary and one from Luther Seminary, St. Paul. When he’s not at church, you might find Deacon Brad at State Farm Insurance in Edina (full-time day job), out on his canoe, cycling, or maybe out on a walk with his wife, Karen, and their dog. Karen works full-time as an Attorney Editor at Thomson Reuters and she loves to write and read. Deacon Brad and Karen have three beautiful daughters named Helena, Iva, and Nora who are the love of their lives. Deacon Brad has been at Abiding since the beginning of 2013. Deacon Brad was ordained here at Abiding Savior on November 15th, 2020 as a Deacon – Minister of Word & Service in the ELCA. Deacon Brad is under a letter of call for part-time (15hrs/week) ministry work. Deacon Brad works with the pastoral team on preaching, worship liturgy, pastoral care, and teaching as well as serving as the Director of Youth Ministry. Deacon Brad loves to talk about Liberation Theology and and see the places where the church and the world connect and how God reaches those on the fringe of society. If you are wondering why Deacon Brad’s ordination stole is diagonal it is because this is how deacon’s wear their stoles. Deacon’s want to make sure they can bend down and serve without getting those beautiful ends all dirty!
Patty Mesenbring, Director of Children’s Ministries
Patty Mesenbring – x111 – Children’s Ministry Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty’s family was fortunate to discover Abiding Savior in 1998 and they are happy to call Abiding Savior their church home. Patty is married to Craig and has one daughter, Elise. Although her background prior to becoming a mother was in medical administration, Patty began teaching Sunday school and volunteering in children’s ministry at Abiding Savior in 2001, and found a bright new path. In addition to spending time with kids, she enjoys reading, writing, writing music, running, crafts and gardening.
Andy Pokel, Senior and Children’s Choir Director
Andy Pokel – Senior and Children’s Choir Director – email@example.com
Andy is absolutely thrilled to join this beloved community as our choir director beginning September 2020. Andy will be busy Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings working with the Senior Choir, King’s Messengers Choir, and WWJD Choir. He also works as a choir director at Maplewood Middle School. Andy graduated from St. Olaf College in 2009 with a degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education and has spent the 11 years since working with young people of all ages and abilities in Montana, Texas, and Minnesota. He previously served as Music Director at Mizpah UCC in Hopkins. Andy’s wife, Elise Pokel, is a pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, MN. They live in Bloomington and are blessed to have their hands full with their son Fred, who joined them in January 2020 after a long road of hope, pain, and prayers. They’re passionate about music, and love to record hymns and Christmas tunes in their hobby recording studio. Andy is excited to create opportunities for joyful noise at Abiding Savior with such a wide age range.
Paul Weller, Bell Choir Director
Paul teaches general music to grades 1-5 at Jefferson Elementary School in Blaine, MN. He earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.A. in Education from Saint Mary’s University and Orff-Schulwerk certification from University of St. Thomas. He has taught workshops both locally and nationally, serves on the Minnesota Orff and Kodaly boards, is an Orff Schulwerk Level I teacher trainer and has a new book “Ring, Dance, Play” that has just been published by GIA.
Janelle Schauer, Organist
Janelle joined Abiding Savior Staff in 2000 as the organist and choir accompanist. She graduated from the U of M in 1993 with a degree in Music Therapy. She is a musical therapist at Benedictine Living Community in New Brighton. She has lived in the Mounds View/New Brighton area since 1991. She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Janet Wilcox, Parish Nurse
Janet has attended Spring Lake Park/Abiding Savior Lutheran Church since she was born and considers this her second family. Janet worked at the University of Minnesota Hospital as a nurse on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. She is a Parish Nurse at Abiding Savior and truly enjoys the opportunity to share health information with people, answer questions when she’s able, and assist everyone to live a life that promotes health in mind, body and spirit. In her spare time (what is that?), she loves digging in the dirt and enjoying all things that grow in her yard. Sewing, knitting, weaving are good winter activities. Any time is a great time to visit lighthouses, they are a passion with her. She also enjoys her weight lifting exercise while making music with the handbell choir, it’s a great way to combine music and exercise.
Steven Hill, Custodian
Tracy Nicholls, Preschool Director
Tracy Nicholls – 763-784-5326 – Preschool Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy is a former Preschool and Kindergarten teacher and has spent many years teaching and managing classrooms and programs. She is a mother of two and lives in the Mounds View community with her two daughters and husband. Tracy enjoys spending time with family, biking, walking her dogs and just enjoying life. Tracy is so excited to be part this community and looks forward to a great future educating your child and giving them a wonderful foundation and Preschool experience.
Sally Richardson, Accountant
Sally Richardson – x112 – Accountant – email@example.com
Sally has been the accountant for Abiding Savior since 2000 maintaining the accounting records and paying most general bills. She was a practicing CPA with a Minneapolis public accounting firm for 35 years and currently does consulting work for non profit organizations. Her BA in accounting, economics and mathematics was received from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Sally lives in New Brighton and she has been a member of Abiding Savior since the mid 1970’s. Her passions include music with special emphasis on ringing handbells, attending the theater, reading mystery novels and traveling.