Vocational ministry is a second career calling for Rob. After spending eleven years in banking, Rob graduated from Dubuque Theological Seminary and was called as teaching elder to Spirit of Life in September, 2012. There is much to be excited with what God is doing at Spirit of Life. Rob enjoys the many opportunities he has in ministry to share time with others. As our Triune God is a relational God, Rob treasures our interconnectedness we share with God and one another. Rob shares a special interest in establishing relationships with the un-churched and de-churched through hospitality that welcomes others at Spirit of Life, and by getting to know our neighbors out in the marketplace. His wife, Lisa, is a nurse practitioner serving at the University of Minnesota Fairview, working with heart failure and heart transplant patients. They have two sons: Cole, who is 13 and Luke, who is 10.
Trista is currently a kindergarten teacher at Bloomington Public Schools where she has worked for 18 years. She has a passion for working with kids and enjoys playing with them, teaching them finger plays, songs, games and crafts. She is dedicated to providing a caring and fun experience for young children during church worship time. Trista is trained in providing first aid and CPR – just in case. Stop by the nursery and say, “Hi, Trista”.
Shari provides part-time administrative assistance to Spirit of Life. She juggles her responsibilities, corresponding through email, sending weekly announcements, answering calls while seeing to the details in the Sunday bulletins and finalizing the monthly mailers, in addition to the daily random requests that come up. Shari has enjoyed serving in administrative assistant positions for several churches and related organizations. Shari and her husband, David, enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.
What a great group of Sunday School Teachers! Please thank each Sunday School Teacher for their time and talents. Teachers are listed below in no particular order.
PreSchool/Kindergarten Sunday School Class:
Randy Besse & Sara Gracek
Grade School Class:
Karen Johnson, Merry Close & Carol Osweiler
Middle School/High School:
Youth Group Advisors:
Karen Johnson, Sayra Maberry, Duane Brause, Eric Scott, Ashlie Tisland & Trevor Swaim
Adult Bible Study:
Leslie Hohmann, Rob Smith & Brian Gracek
Rebecca Brandt & Carol Osweiler