Staff

Rev. Paul Calvin

Rector
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God has called Paul to sing, pray, and equip fellow Christians for ministry.  A fan of the Twins, the North Shore, fishing, hunting, and winter; Paul and his wife Anne live in St. Paul with their four children.

Both Paul and Anne were raised in Baptist churches but were drawn to the Anglican church through the influence of a church they attended while they were students at Wheaton College in Illinois.  Paul has a great appreciation for Anglican worship, and is thankful for the grace God gives to us in Word and Sacrament.

From 2003 to August 2012, Paul served at Church of the Redeemer’s planting church—Church of the Cross (Hopkins, MN).  He has served as a pastor at Church of the Redeemer since 2007.  Together, Paul and Anne have been involved at Church of the Redeemer in musical worship, teaching, and in numerous other areas of ministry.  Paul is a graduate of Bethel Seminary and was ordained a deacon in 2010 and a priest in 2011.

Rev. Elizabeth Stewart

Deacon, Pastor of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
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As Pastor of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, Deacon Liz nurtures the testimony of God’s works between generations and provides leadership in discipleship and spiritual formation within the sphere of ministry to children, youth, and children’s leaders.  She also participate in pastoral care and other responsibilities within the church.

Liz is a native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She has lived on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but she and her husband, David, have called Falcon Heights home for the past 12 years. Liz and David have four grown children, three of whom live locally and the oldest of whom brought a wonderful English son-in-law into their family and most recently blessed them with a grandson. Though she served in ministry to children as a volunteer for most of her adult life, it wasn’t until 2005 that Liz “retired” from many years of home education and work as a musician to join the staff of Church of the Cross directing the ministry to children and families. Liz completed a Master Degree in Children’s and Family Ministry at Bethel Seminary in 2014 and was ordained a deacon that same year.

Liz served as Pastor of Children’s and Family Ministry at Church of the Cross from 2004-2015, where her vision for spiritual formation and worship shaped ministry not just to children, but to all ages. Liz’s gifts in training and mentoring have borne tremendous fruit for Christ’s kingdom, and we are excited for our church body to benefit from her gifts and leadership.

 

Rev. Dr. Edward Combe

Non-stipendiary Minister
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Edward was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated with a degree in chemistry from Queen’s University in 1962, and moved to Manchester University (England) to the dental school as a junior faculty member in Dental Biomaterials. He spent some 30 years there, acquiring two research doctorates, and had two spells as a visiting faculty member at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is married to Isobel, whom he met in Manchester. They have two daughters and two grandchildren in England.

Edward was a licensed lay reader for 20 years in the Church of England, and then studied part time for ordination on the Northern Ordination Course (Manchester). He was ordained as a deacon and priest (1989 and 1990) by the bishop of Chester. He spent five years as a nonstipendiary (volunteer) minister in a parish in suburban Manchester, while continuing academic work.

In 1994 Edward and Isobel moved to Minnesota, as Edward took up a faculty position in the University of Minnesota. He retired fully from that position in December 2012, after 50 years in academic life.

He is a keen supporter of Manchester City (not United!) soccer club and manages to go to about three games per season when on vacation.

Sarah Lundgren

Children's Ministry Associate
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Sarah was born and raised in South Texas where it’s always hot and humid, and where everyone says “y’all” and y’all’s”, and “coke” in place of any carbonated drink.  She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College, where she met her husband, Bjorn.  Shortly after Sarah and Bjorn were married, they spent a year in Fresnillo, Mexico as missionaries to children and families with Iglesia del Gran Pastor.  In 2004, they moved to Minnesota (Bjorn’s homeland), where they attended Church of the Cross for 6 years and Church of the Redeemer from its beginning. Sarah also teaches literacy to 2nd grade students in the Mounds View School District.

One of Sarah’s greatest joys is being a mom to her four precious gifts from God: Gabriel, Caleb, Kristiana, and MaryKate.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, playing piano, cooking Tex-Mex, poking lots of fun at Minnesota stereotypes, reading aloud, and exploring parks with her family.

Sarah is honored and delighted to be serving the children and families of Church of the Redeemer.   Her prayer and hope for them is that they would know with every confidence that they belong to God, they are His treasure, and that He loves them with a “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”

Bekah Jones

Parish Administrator
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Bekah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, went to college at Taylor University in Indiana and has lived in Minnesota for 10 years. Her favorite parts of living here are the people and the green space all around her – for the few months that it is green and not white! She loves being in the kitchen cooking for the people she loves, reading, spending time with her family and having people over for dinner.

She is married to Keith, a professor at University of Northwestern, and they have three teen-aged children. Most Saturdays, you will find her on the sidelines of a soccer field cheering for one or more of her children.

She is excited to help serve Church of the Redeemer in the role of Parish Administrator.