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The staff manage the daily work of the congregation to ensure that members are equipped and empowered to do the ministry of the church.


Tim Westermeyer

Senior Pastor

Pastor Westermeyer is a graduate of St. Olaf College, the University of Notre Dame, and Luther Seminary. He joined the staff of St. Philip the Deacon as Executive Pastor in 2007, and became Senior Pastor in 2014.

Mark Schmid

Executive Pastor

Pastor Schmid is a graduate of Luther College and Luther Seminary. He joined the staff of St. Philip the Deacon as Executive Pastor in 2014.

Cheryl Mathison

Teaching Pastor

Pastor Mathison is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther Seminary. She joined the staff at St. Philip the Deacon as Teaching Pastor in 2003.

Valerie Strand Patterson

Pastor of Adult Ministries

Pastor Strand Patterson graduated from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN and Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She has been in ministry at St. Philip the Deacon since 1989.

Hospitality and Parish Nurse

Cindy Carlson

Director of Congregational Life

Joan Harper

Hospitality + Wedding Coordinator

Kate Sabbann

Wedding Coordinator

Susan Path

Parish Nurse

Children, Youth and Family Ministry

Rachel Arends

Early Childhood

Kathy Hagedorn

Children's Ministry

Trisha Ragner

Special Programming

Clay Thomas

Middle School

Justin Daleiden

High School

Renee Putnam

Youth Team Administrator

Music Ministry

Linda Armstrong

Director of Music Ministry

Kraig Windschitl

Associate Director of Music Ministry

Administrative Team

Tracy Klaphake

Office Administrator

Nancy Bixby

Membership Coordinator

Cheryl Sjaarda

Finance Administrator

Moe Hagestuen

Finance Assistant

Kate Sterner


Amanda Berger

Inspire Magazine

Building Staff

Jason Putnam

Facilities Manager

Dennis Kleven



“God loved us before he made us; and his love has never diminished and never shall.”

Julian of Norwich