The 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, S.C., 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, Penn. He holds a Master of Theology degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and is currently working on doctoral studies.
Matt is a committed follower of Christ, a fan of Minnesota United, a lover of jam band/jazz music as well as Scott Bruce’s Dark Side of the Moon tie (scroll down and see below). He lives with his wife and young son in the Mac Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul.
Jeff Kidder has served as Messiah’s Music Director for 25 years and also extends Messiah’s music ministry to the Episcopal Church in Minnesota’s faith communities as part of its mission for renewal. 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 many 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.
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, leads vocals, and partners with 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. Paul is also a professional coffee roaster and award-winning fine art photographer as well as a missioner to St. Martin’s on the Lake.
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 and Dan recently became parents to a smiley boy, Gideon Peter.
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. Ann is a swimmer, skiier, and skater.
The office coordinator responds to callers, congregation, and clergy, compiles reports, and provides support for ministries. Scott originally came to Messiah with his parents. He is a graduate of St. Thomas University, has an MBA and is currently finishing a second masters degree. He has worked as a university registrar and brings a wealth of practical expertise to his position.
The Rev. Judith DesHarnais
Judy has served as deacon at Messiah since she was ordained and assigned here by Bishop Brian Prior in 2013. She had attended Messiah with her family for more than a decade before that. The ministry of vocational deacons is entirely voluntary. Besides her liturgical role on Sunday mornings Judy carries out a ministry among our Karen parishioners.
The Rev. Dr. George Slanger
Assistant to the Rector
In May, 2001, George Slanger retired from 30-year career as an English professor and administrator at Minot State University in North Dakota. That same month, he was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in All Saints Episcopal Church in Minot, where he served as a volunteer Assisting Priest until 2011, when he moved to Lakeville. He and his wife Joanne have four grown children. Their daughter, Julie Saxton, and her husband, Paul, are also members at Messiah.
The Rev. Dr. Mary Gustafson
Assistant to the Rector
Mary served as Interim Rector at Messiah during our last search process in 2015 and 2016. Before entering the priesthood in the mid-1990’s Mary served as organist and music director along with her husband Ray at Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester, MN. She attended seminary at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA, and served as rector of church in western Massachusetts before returning to Minnesota to retire.
Artist in Residence
Berit Goetz is a songwriter, singer, and pianist from St. Paul, MN. Her music explores doubt and hope, disenchantment and wonder, through her resonant contralto vocals, rich lyricism, and a fusion of classical and jazz sounds. She began as Messiah’s artist-in-residence in September 2017 with her husband Jamie Dougherty, and is delighted to return to the church where she was both baptized and married to contribute to its creative and spiritual formation. Previously, Berit was the campus ministry director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Brown University, where she mentored emerging artists and college students and helped them explore Christian faith. Berit holds a BA in Music and Comparative Literature from Brown.
Artist in Residence
Jamie Dougherty is an interdisciplinary artist living in St. Paul with his wife Berit. He began as artist in residence at Messiah in September 2017. Jamie grew up between the mountains and the sea in North Carolina. He studied music and fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago, where he learned a variety of disciplines, from woodworking to puppetry. There he discovered the joys of liturgical worship and Chicago-style hot dogs. He has a deep love of Appalachian folk music, hip-hop, and Jesus.