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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 Mathison

Wedding Coordinator

Susan Path

Parish Nurse

Children, Youth and Family Ministry

Rachel El Hilali

Early Childhood

Kathy Hagedorn

Children's Ministry

Trisha Ragner

Special Programming

Amanda Berger

The Soul Sisterhood

Clay Thomas

Middle School

Justin Daleiden

High School

Deb August

Youth Team Administrator

Music Ministry

Linda Armstrong

Director of Music

Michael Morris

Director of Contemporary Worship

Administrative Team

Tracy Klaphake

Office Administrator

Cheryl Sjaarda


Nancy Bixby


Kate Sterner


Building Staff

Dennis Kleven



“It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.”

John Henry Newman