To reach a member of our staff, please call the church office at (763) 784-5120 and their extension or click on the e-mail links below.
Pastor Ryan Brodin
Pastor 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. He 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. He also has received his Certificate in Pastoral Leadership from Augsburg College. Currently he is working toward a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Seminary in Congregational Mission and Leadership. 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 an attorney and currently the Dorector of Business Development at Merchant & Gould Intellectual Property Law Firm . 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 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. She has 3 grandchildren, Sophie, Leif and Shelby. And 2 more on the way. She enjoys being with family and people of all ages, being outside, speaking Norwegian, singing, playing guitar and hockey.
Originally from New Brighton, MN, he is excited to work with youth in the same community that he grew up in! Prior to Abiding Savior, Brad has worked as a Director of Youth Ministry for Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in East Bethel, MN. He holds two Masters degrees (Theology and Divinity), one from Bethel Seminary and one from Luther Seminary. When he's not at church, you might find Brad at State Farm Insurance in Edina, out on his kayak or canoe, rock climbing, or maybe out on a walk with his wife, Karen, and their dog. Brad and Karen have two beautiful daughters named Helena and Iva who are the love of their lives. Brad has been at Abiding since the beginning of 2013.
My family was fortunate to discover Abiding Savior in 1998 and are happy to call it our church home. I am married to Craig and have one daughter, Elise. Although my background prior to becoming a mother was in medical administration, I began teaching Sunday school and volunteering in children's ministry here in 2001, and found a bright new path. In addition to spending time with your kids, I enjoy reading, writing, writing music, running, crafts and gardening.
I am the Senior Choir Director, the adult choir and am blessed to work with such a faithful group to praise our Lord through song each week. I work full-time as a General Ledger Accountant at Augustana Care in Minneapolis. I have been married to Jackie since 1982. I have a son, David and his wife Theresa and a daughter Anna. I have been blessed with 4 grandchildren: Emily, Sophia and twins Piper and James. I love playing the keyboard and singing with our contemporary worship band, Reigning Grace. In addition, I enjoy fishing and spending time at the cabin.
Gary Peterson - Senior Choir Director
Paul Weller teaches general music to grades 1-5 at Jefferson Elementary School in Blaine, MN. He earned a B.A. fro 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.
Paul Weller - Hand Bell Choir Director
Children's Choir Director
Kings Messengers Director
Hello everybody! How do you do? God LOVES YOU today!
What a special message the children sing as we welcome ALL to Children's Choir on Wednesday evenings!! My name is Tanna Hoffman and I have the joy of leading the Children's Choir, Kings Messengers and WWJD each week on Wednesday evenings.
Abiding Savior has been my church home since high school, my husband and I were married here, and we have welcomed three children to our family and to our Abiding Savior family. Abiding Savior is our second home as we are involved in many ministries of the church! I enjoy leading the children weekly in choir; it is such a joy to experience their energy and love for God as we sing God's praises!! In my spare time away from my full-time job as 'home manager', I enjoy volunteering my time to school, enjoy time in the gym, and love socializing with family and friends! Children are such a JOY to me and anyone is welcome to join us in choir throughout the church year!
Tanna Hoffman - Children's Choir and Kings Messengers Director
I joined Abiding Savior Staff in 2000 as the organist and choir accompanist. I graduated from the U of M in 1993 with a degree in Music Therapy. Currently, I teach piano from my home music studio. I have lived in the Mounds View/New Brighton area since 1991 with my 3 children and are active members at Abiding Savior.
Janelle Anderson- Organist
I have attended Spring Lake Park/Abiding
Savior Lutheran Church since I was born. This is my second family. I
work at University of Minnesota Hospital as a nurse on the Bone Marrow
Transplant Unit. I am a volunteer Parish Nurse at Abiding Savior and I
truly enjoy the opportunity to share health information with people,
answer questions when I can, and assist everyone to live a life that
promotes health in mind, body and spirit. In my spare time (what is
that?), I love digging in the dirt and enjoying all things that grow in
my yard. Sewing, knitting, weaving are good winter activities. Any time
is a great time to visit lighthouses, they are a passion with me. I also
enjoy my weight lifting exercise while making music with the handbell
choir, it's a great way to combine music and exercise.
Wilcox - Parish Nurse
Stan Haugen - Custodian
I am blessed to have been working at Abiding Savior Preschool since 2003. I enjoy seeing the preschoolers' smiling faces every morning and getting to know of them and their families! Away from Abiding Savior Preschool I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 3 growing boys, time at our family's cabins (near Aitkin and Zimmerman) as well as knitting and scrapbooking.
Denise Lewandowski - 763-784-5326 - Preschool Director -
I have been the accountant for Abiding Savior since 2000 maintaining the accounting records and paying most general bills. I was a practicing CPA with a Minneapolis public accounting firm for 35 years and currently do consulting work for non profit organizations. My BA in accounting, economics and mathematics was received from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I live in New Brighton and have been a member of Abiding Savior since the mid 1970’s. My passions include music with special emphasis on ringing handbells, attending the theater, reading mystery novels and traveling.