Mary Koon is a 2011 graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary. Mary, her husband Jim, and family moved to the Twin Cities that same year and was hired at Oak Grove as director of Faith Formation for children and adults. In 2014, she received a call from Oak Grove to serve as Associate Pastor and was installed in November of 2014. Mary continues to work with children and families, Adult Faith Formation, Deacons, and worship leadership.
She enjoys encouraging people of all ages to learn, grow and serve together. Mary and her husband, Jim, are the parents of four grown children, two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law. They are grandparents to four grandchildren. When she isn’t at church, Mary enjoys walking, reading, yoga, and being with her family.
Sue Gjerset, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Gjerset is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and comes to Oak Grove with more than 20 years nonprofit office experience. She brings a unique combination of administrative, technical, and creative expertise and is a life-long learner.
Sue enjoys making an impact on people’s lives, being a resource to others, and giving back to the community. When not working, she loves spending time outdoors, especially kayaking, whether on a lake, river, or the ocean. She has been blessed with the opportunity to travel, both domestically and internationally, and enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Sue is a resident of Shakopee and an active member at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis where she was born and raised.
Judy Cooper, email@example.com
Judy Cooper received music education degrees from both Augsburg College (BA) and the University of St. Thomas (MA in Music Education). She taught music in the Bloomington School system for 34 years, at many different schools and grades.
In 1985 Judy began directing the Chancel choir at Oak Grove and LOVED it! After retiring from teaching in 2005, she has enjoyed having more time to devote to the music program here at Oak Grove. After retiring from teaching in 2005, she took on the tasks of scheduling and organizing all musical groups and events at Oak Grove.
Because of Judy’s love of piano playing, she continues to accompany many local school and community groups. She also loves traveling and attending concerts and theater presentations.
Laura Nemcek firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with great joy that God has led me to use my financial skills at Oak Grove as your new accountant. Although raised in Illinois, I stayed in Minnesota after graduating from St. Olaf in Northfield, at which time I began my career as a small business banker. I had the privilege of staying home to raise our children (now grown) and re-entered the workforce doing graphic design marketing for a national wholesale company in Eden Prairie.
God then called me to do non-profit accounting for His kingdom work and I am still accepting His call to join your team. I enjoy time with family, travelling, sewing, scrapbooking, reading, and playing piano. As a longtime resident of Bloomington for over 30 years, I look forward to meeting you.
Hello! My name is Kate Lindberg, and I am so excited to be joining your family at Oak Grove! I have just completed my Clinical Pastoral Education at Mayo Clinic this summer and will be starting my second year at Luther Seminary. I am pursuing my Master of Divinity (M.Div.) with a concentration in Children, Youth and Family Ministry.
I am new to Minnesota, having been born and raised in Massachusetts. I completed my undergraduate degree at a state university where I studied elementary education and psychology. My heart is deeply rooted in youth ministry and empowering the next generation.
Some just-for-fun things about me; I love to be outside hiking, running, the beach, anything! When I have a free minute, reading is one of my favorite pastimes. And lastly, I’m a lover of all animals, so have those pet photos ready!
A parish associate is an ordained clergyperson who is either working in a non-church position or is retired, but wishes to be related to a particular congregation. We are so blessed to have the following folks serving as Parish Associates with Oak Grove.
Mary Pol is on staff as a Parish Associate. Mary is the mother of Jennifer Pol and grandmother of Natalie and Catherine Myers.