I am a wife, aunt, godmother, sister, daughter, friend, cousin, honorary mom, and child of God who is blessed to be the pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church. I live in a tiny house with my wife, Mary, and our two large cats. When I am not pastoring I enjoy fishing, cooking with friends, spending time with family, traveling, supporting the Minnesota Orchestra, and spoiling my honorary grandchildren. I earned my MDiv from Luther Seminary in 2005, was ordained at Bethel in 2012, and serve on Reference and Council, as well as the Synod Council, of the Minneapolis Area Synod.
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Dr. Jen Kilps
Engagement Coordinator of Social Justice and Community Life
Dr. Jen has spent her career organizing churches and coordinating volunteers for religious NGOs (non-governmental organizations). In Minnesota she worked for the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, the Refugee Services Program of the Minnesota Council of Churches and now Bethel. She has lived practically everywhere including Scotland, Hong Kong, Manhattan, Florida, Chicago, Connecticut, California and St. Louis. Jen received her Doctorate in Theology from the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She loves to travel, snorkle, watch movies, and cook for friends AND she loves her nieces (who are perfect).
Phil joined Bethel as organist in 2016, and in 2019 became director of music. He holds degrees in organ and church music from the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan. He enjoys improvising and composing music for the church as well as learning new scores. Phil also works for the Minnesota Boychoir where he teaches boys the basics of music and assists with rehearsals. In his spare time you will find Phil gardening in the summer, or keeping his hands busy building something the rest of the year.
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Susie joined the staff here at Bethel in 2014. Having been raised a Catholic, she is still working on learning the “Lutheran Way.” She says Bethel is a great congregation and she is honored to be a part of this organization. Not only is she learning about the congregation, this congregation supports her and her passion regarding Immigration issues. This is a win- win relationship.
Jim has been working hard to keep the building and grounds of Bethel in tip top shape for many years. Jim works alongside three assistant custodians, Chris Hoover, Bill Shy and Katie Simons. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his grandkids and hitting a round of golf.
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Eleni joined the Bethel family as Bookkeeper in the Spring of 2019, and immediately fell in love with the colorful, dog-friendly welcome of the Bethel Staff and weekday volunteers! She is currently the Bookkeeper and Office Administrator at Sacred Ground, a Center for Spiritual Direction in St. Paul on St. Kate's campus, and prior to that was Office Administrator and Bookkeeper at Messiah Lutheran for many years. She's the proud mom of a beautiful 10-year-old, a lover of South Minneapolis, and also a lover of all things yoga, vegetables, music, camping with the rain-fly off, and St. Francis. She's grateful to work closely with Bethel's amazing Pastor and staff.