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Welcome, Rachel Arends!

We are pleased to welcome Rachel Arends to the Children, Youth and Family team of St. Philip the Deacon as our new Director of Early Childhood Ministry.

Rachel is an experienced teacher who has specialized in early childhood education. She has served at Youth Encounter in St. Paul, Advent Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Orchard Park Child Care in Minnetonka, and Here We Grow in Fitchburg. Most recently, Rachel has taught at Global Academy in Columbia Heights.

Rachel writes, “I am excited to get started in our adventure in ministry together. I look forward to meeting our littlest servants, their parents and all those who care for and nurture them.”

Be sure to welcome Rachel to our faith community, and keep her in your prayers as she begins her ministry with us!


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