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.
Kyle and Kate first met at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, where they both studied Music Education. Kate was a freshman from Eagan while Kyle was a sophomore, transplanted from Kenosha, Wisconsin. After sharing two conversations in four years, they each went their own way after graduation in 2009. Kate entered the music educator field by substitute teaching, volunteering and teaching private voice and piano lessons. At the same time, Kyle worked on his masters degree in trumpet performance as a graduate assistant at Michigan State University. When the two reunited, Kate was about to begin her position as a middle school choir director at Dakota Hills Middle School and Kyle was preparing for doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin: Madison. For three years the two were separated by a four-hour commute, but their excitement to make the drive for each other kept them close. During those three years, the choral program at Dakota Hills grew annually, strengthening under Kate’s leadership. In Wisconsin, Kyle performed with several symphonies on a regular basis, taught lessons and classes at all age levels and worked on his dissertation, which was accepted enthusiastically and will be published this Spring.
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