St. Luke Church Staff

 

Rev. Scott Jakel - Interim Pastor

Pastor Scott has been at St. Luke since November of 2015.  He was brought to this congregation through the St. Paul Area Synod to walk alongside the members and friends of St. Luke following a time of clergy/staff transition.  His role is to do all the things a regular pastor does - working with and supporting the staff, the council and the congregation - along with guiding and leading a process of learning how to be the healthiest, mission-centered, and most resilient congregation possible.  He has been a pastor since 1992, serving in the Southwestern part of Minnesota until coming here.  Scott moved to the area in February of 2016 and enjoys living in Hastings.  His hobbies include volunteering as a board member on two nonprofit organizations, a variety of music, reading a ton of books, and being active with pickleball, running/jogging, walking, and biking.  He thoroughly enjoys his time working with the people of St. Luke!  When he leaves from here, he'll be serving at another congregation in the same capacity - as intentional interim minister.

Phone: 651-459-1222 ext 23
Email: Pr. Scott

 

Alison Bondy - Music Director

Alison Bondy is the Director of Worship, Music and Parish Ministry at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, MN.  She is excited to be here and looks forward to working with the congregation and the community to share the love of Jesus with others.  She moved from Sioux City, IA where she taught elementary school music, worked with the Siouxland Youth Chorus and served as the Minister of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  She lived in Sioux City for 16 years but grew up in Brooklyn Center, MN so moving back to Minnesota is “coming home” for her.  She is glad to be closer to family and thrilled to be part of this community of believers! 

Phone: 651-459-1222 ext 28
Email: Alison Bondy

 

Alex Johnson - Youth Minister

Alex serves as the Youth Minister. He oversees the Confirmation program and the high school youth ministry. To support St. Luke youth, Alex enjoys bringing his three young children to events like middle school orchestra concerts and varsity soccer games. Alex loves spending time with his wife Jessica, playing legos with his son Emmett, building forts with his daughter Paige, and playing peekaboo with his son Brooks.  This family time balances out Alex’s unusual passion for mathematics and Microsoft Excel.

Phone: 651-459-5853 ext 25
Email: Alex Johnson

 

Amy Loetz - Children and Family Minister

Amy Loetz serves as our Children and Family Minister.  Her ministry is focused on Children and their families Birth-5th grade including our Seeds of Faith Preschool.  She enjoys watching children learn, supporting families to live out their faith at home and helping the preschool staff grow in their abilities.  When not at St. Luke Amy enjoys spending time with her family including her husband Travis and two daughters.

Phone: 651-459-5853 ext 24
Email: Amy Loetz

 

Connie Shirkey - Business Administrator

Connie supports communication (including monthly newsletter), financial, and facility functions.  Has lived in Cottage Grove most of her life, with her husband of 30+ years, Mike. She enjoys animals, old-school puzzles and games, and container gardening.

Phone: 651-459-1222 ext 21
Email: Connie Shirkey

 

Jolene Abelson - Office Assistant

Jolene works part-time behind the scenes creating the worship bulletins and worship slides as well as scheduling weddings, updating the web site and many other office duties. In her spare time, Jolene loves spending time with her husband and 2 children, gardening and horseback riding. They live on a hobby farm and have a dog, 2 rabbits and 2 horses.

Phone: 651-459-1222 ext 22
Email: Jolene Abelson

 

Jake Beck - Sound Tech Supervisor

Jake Beck is in charge of running sound and tech equipment for the worship services. He is also in charge of our large group of people who volunteer their time to help out with running our sound board and running our worship slideshows. Lastly, he is also in charge of making and playing our two minute tour videos of different opportunities and events that are going on in the community and in the church. Jake is a huge Green Bay Packer fan, as one can see from his picture!

Phone:
Email: Jake Beck

 

Lori Hintz - Council Communicator

As Council Communicator, Lori take minutes of Council meetings, collects and combines minutes of all the other Advisory and Standing Teams, and ensures these records are properly filed and available.  She writes Good News articles updating the congregation on Council "goings-ons" and also serves as the Council representative on the Worship Team.  She is finishing up her 2nd term in this position.  She is a task-orientated coordinator and writer for her 'day job' so this has been a good fit and she has enjoyed it!  She also enjoys horse-back riding, reading, playing contract bridge, and her family's lake cabin.  Her claim to fame at St. Luke?  She was part of the St. Luke's first confirmation class (a long, long, time ago!). 

Phone: 651-459-1222 ext 40
Email: Lori Hintz