Rev. Matthew McCormick
The Rev. Matthew McCormick began as rector at Messiah in December of 2016. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2008. Most recently, he has been the vicar of the Church of the Resurrection in North Charleston, South Carolina, where he has had the role of pastor in a new church plant. Prior to that, he was an associate rector at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, a large congregation where he served in a variety of roles. He is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He has received a Masters of Theology degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and is currently working on a doctorate through them.
Matthew is a committed follower of Christ, a gifted preacher and teacher, a dynamic worship leader, a man sensitive to and committed to multi-cultural ministry, a warm, vibrant welcoming pastor, who is well prepared and good at plugging people into ministries. He lives with his wife and young son in the Mac Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul.
Music Director (on leave)
Jeff is grateful to have come from a family with gifts and experiences in both music and Christian worship, which provided roots for his own faith renewal, rekindled some 25 years ago when he began attending Messiah. Jeff’s work at Messiah revolves around coordinating music and worship activities. His main weekly task is to plan and prepare music for our Sunday worship (and other special) services. Jeff works closely with Paul Johnson (our Music Minister, who handles organ and keyboard playing), especially in the worship band as well as in general through prayerful planning and leading of the music ministry. Jeff is currently on medical leave receiving treatment for a form of lymphoma.
Acting Music Director
Paul came to Messiah in 2002 after graduating from St. Olaf College with a BA in music theory and composition. After working with Messiah’s Youth as an intern and volunteer he became the Music Assistant in 2004. He plays keyboard instruments, occasionally lead vocals, and assists Jeff Kidder in the leadership of Messiah’s Music Ministry. Paul became a Christian as a senior in high school. His wife Libby grew up attending Messiah. They have three boys, Gibbie, Ezra, and William. He can play an espresso machine just as well as a keyboard instrument and works at a local independent coffee shop as well as at Messiah. His family lives in the Crossroads Community in Frogtown with the Kidders and others. He loves studying the Bible, biking to work year-round, and tinkering with things that run on diesel or vegetable oil. Paul is currently Acting Music Director while Jeff Kidder is on medical leave.
Bobbie started attending Messiah in January of 2002 by volunteering with the Youth Group. Throughout her ministry at Messiah, she has been a Youth Intern (more than once) and Youth Coordinator. She graduated from North Central University with a degree in Youth Ministry and is originally from Hopkins, Minnesota. After college she spent a year as a missionary teacher on Saipan, an island in the north Pacific. She is married to Dan Booth whom she met while both were living and working in Northern Wisconsin. Bobbie knows her way around a kitchen and enjoys sharing a kitchen with Dan who also loves to cook. Bobbie likes curling up with a good book and loves to travel.
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Lori and her husband Doug started attending Messiah in 1988 and she began serving as Messiah’s coordinator for children’s ministry in 2012. Her past ministry commitments include campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Illinois and Carleton College. Her theological interests include bible exegesis and family faith formation. Lori has a master’s degree in English from Texas A & M University and a biology degree from Harvard. The mother of four adult children, Lori relishes the joys of family life, reading Tolstoy and Austen, baking bread, and running.
Ann and her family first started attending Messiah in 1988 and she has served as administrator since 1990. Her responsibilities include finances, budgeting, resource and building management, special projects, and liaison to vestry. She has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota and an art history degree from Carleton College in Northfield. Ann lives in south Minneapolis and grew up Lutheran on a farm near Waseca, Minnesota. Her ministry involvement includes house group, healing team, hospitality, and prayer. She has three adult children: Josiah lives in Boston with his wife Angela, Hannah lives in Minneapolis with her husband Mike and their son Bodie, and James lives in Texas. Ann is a swimmer, skiier, and skater.
Janice Dames is the parish coordinator. She started attending Messiah in 1986 and has had all three of her sons baptized at Messiah. She started working part-time in the office in 2006 and helps with many day-to-day activities such as the announcements, ministry schedules, record keeping and the newsletter. Over the years Janice has been active in children’s ministries at Messiah and more recently in Karen Ministries and English Conversation Class. She has a BA from University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MA in International Relations from Yale. Janice enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening and teaching English as a Second Language as a volunteer. Her oldest son is in graduate school, her middle son is working and her youngest is in college.