Staff Members

Jedidiah Scharmer

Lead Pastor
As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Jedidiah has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. He was called to serve at Resurrection in June of 2010. Pastor Jedidiah trained at Luther Seminary in Congregational Mission and Leadership. He is motivated to reach those who are far from God with the Good News of Jesus. As a young man, Pastor Jedidiah’s life was radically changed through the power of Jesus and His Holy Spirit. His motivation to share the Gospel and serve those who don’t know Jesus comes out of the new life he now receives from the Lord. Pastor Jedidiah and his wife, Andrea, have three children (Wilhelmina, Silas, and Jude) and now happily reside in Monticello.

Jo Kinnard

Associate Pastor
Born and raised Hindu, Pastor Jo had always been deeply interested in questions about God and salvation. Her life changed forever when she was retrieved by Christ from a personal crisis in her forties. She immediately began to feel a burning desire to introduce Jesus to everyone, and this led to following a call to ordained ministry. Pastor Jo has been at Resurrection since the spring of 2018. At Resurrection, Pastor Jo oversees Adult Spiritual Growth, Congregational Care, and Community Outreach Ministries. Her hobbies are painting and reading detective novels. Pastor Jo and her husband Mike live with their dog-children in Monticello and enjoy worship, music, sci-fi, and coffee. The two of them enjoy harnessing God’s gift of laughter.

Lee Evenson

Associate Pastor
Pastor Lee has been in ordained ministry for sixty five blessed years. He joined Resurrection as an Associate Pastor in 1999. He focuses his time in the Congregational Care ministry making home and hospital visits. Pastor Lee has a passion for Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. He leads the monthly Baptism Preparation Classes and Communion during our Traditional Worship. Pastor Lee and his wife Barb reside in Monticello. They spend their free time visiting loved ones and watching their grandchildren grow. You can often find him participating in studies and prayer right along side you.

Andrea Scharmer

Children & Family Ministry Director
Andrea has been involved in a variety of volunteer roles since joining the church in 2010 and has been serving as the Children & Family Ministry Director since the fall of 2017. Prior to working at Resurrection, Andrea was the Executive Director of an educational nonprofit and planted a cross-cultural ministry training program in Houston, Texas. She also ran a children’s outreach program in Minneapolis. As a wife and mom of three kids (Wilhelmina, Silas, and Jude), Andrea’s heart is for equipping families to grow in faith and live out their love of Jesus. Her focus in the children’s ministry at Resurrection is ensuring kids to have a meaningful experience and gain real knowledge of Jesus. In her free time, Andrea enjoys gardening, camping, and exploring the outdoors with her husband (Jedidiah) and their kids.

Ruth Ann Bradach

Children & Family Ministry Associate
Ruth Ann and her husband, Steve, moved to Monticello in 2004 shortly after adopting their first daughter, Esme. They joined Resurrection in 2011 after adopting their second daughter, Mallory. Ruth Ann had volunteered in the Children’s Ministry for years before joining the team in the fall of 2017. She still volunteers her time at the monthly Family Feast and cleans the Monticello Help Center every other month. She had been praying for a while about where she should grow more involved in the church when this opportunity arose. Ruth Ann felt blessed to help in the interim and is thrilled to be hired onto the team for the long term. Ruth Ann enjoys developing with the kids and parents and cannot wait to see where God takes this program as it continues to grow.

Matt Metz

Youth & Family Ministry Director
Matt began his work with the youth as a camp counselor in the Colorado Rocky Mountains working at Joy Lutheran. After that, he worked with first grade to twelfth grade kids at his home church in Parker, Colorado for seven years. He then joined the Young Adults in Global Mission program where he met his wife, Ashley, in training. The program placed him in Stirling, Scotland for a year. During this year, he visited the Holy Land. After Scotland, God placed Matt in Orlando, Florida for five years working with college students. While in Orlando, Matt completed a servant trip to Burundi, Africa. Finally, Matt landed at Resurrection in 2014. Through all his travels, Matt says the only thing that remained the same is that people are people and we all need the love of Jesus. Matt resides in Maple Grove with his wife and their two corgis.

Krissy Ganz

High School Youth Ministry Director
God called Krissy to Resurrection in 2008 during a time when she was thirsting for more in life. Over the last few years, Krissy has felt God calling her into deeper ministry. She joined the team in the fall of 2016 and believes this position is a direct answer to many prayers. She has a passion for youth and helping them understand the depth of Christ’s love for them. Krissy believes we are all uniquely designed by God for a purpose much bigger than we can ever know. Krissy is a kid at heart and loves to play fun games and spend lots of time laughing. She resides in St. Michael with her two fur babies.

Abby Salmon

Worship & Music Director
Abby Salmon joined the Resurrection team in July of 2018. Abby’s family began attending worship at Resurrection in the summer of 2017 after attending an Alpha small group. Shortly after, Abby became involved in music at Resurrection. Abby has been a church musician since the age of 14 and has served as a pianist/organist at several churches. Abby is passionate about facilitating a meaningful, authentic, and moving worship experience. She loves seeing people joyfully praising and faithfully worshiping God through song. Abby has a degree in vocal and instrumental music education, in which she taught band in public schools with. She continues to teach piano out of her home studio. Abby lives in Monticello with her husband, Jon, and three children; Andrew, Owen, and Hannah. She enjoys spending time with family, browsing Target, naps, and coffee.

Julie Dunn

Operations Director
Julie joined the team originally as the Finance Assistant in December of 2014 and later transitioned into the Operation Director position.  Julie feels as if God has been training her for this position throughout her adult life. Combining her banking, office management, sharing her faith, and a love for meeting and helping people is the perfect fit for her heart here. She is honored to have this opportunity to assist in this work for Him. Julie lives in Buffalo with her husband, Greg. They have a blended family of four children, four dogs, one cat, and one rabbit. Together they enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, motorcycling, camping, and relaxing on the pontoon with their family, friends, and dogs.

Starr Stackhouse

Communications Coordinator
Starr has been serving as the Communications Coordinator at Resurrection since February of 2017. Her passion is helping people and spreading Jesus’ Good News. Starr manages Resurrection’s social media and online presence, all communication materials, and promotion of events. Her mission at Resurrection is to expand her faith onto others and reach out to non members to show them the relationships Resurrection has to offer. Everyone has a story and Starr would love to see a whole story book enter our doors. Starr lives in Albertville with her fiance, Trevor, and their cat, Parker. In her free time, she loves singing, reading, theatre, and attending music concerts. 

Jody Swanson

Financial Assistant
Jody has been on the team at Resurrection since October of 2016. Jody loves being a part of our team and being surrounded by people of faith. Jody works closely with our Operations Director, Julie, on managing the church’s budget. Jody resides in Buffalo and has been married to her husband Carl since 2006. They have a blended family of eight children. Outside of Resurrection, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, fishing, and photography.

Dan Stackhouse

& Sue Fick

Building & Grounds 
Dan has been a part of the Building & Grounds Team since December 2017. He has been in the custodial business for over thirty five years at the Osseo School District. Dan’s hobbies are playing drums, woodwork, painting, and watching movies. He lives in Albertville with his son, Jeremiah, and dog, Kizzy.
Sue has been a part of the Building & Grounds Team since December 2017. She has been in the custodial business for over 10 years at the Osseo School District. Sue loves spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and relaxing. She lives in Spring Lake Park taking care of her mother.

Ministry Directors

Serena Picken

Community Outreach Director
Serena enjoys being the hands and feet of God through serving as the Community Outreach Director. She looks forward to continually reaching people both inside and outside the walls of Resurrection. Serena and her husband, Ryan, have been members of Resurrection since 2011. They find themselves loving it more and more as time goes on. Their family includes four children, Olivia, Benjamin, Savannah, and Issac. When Serena isn’t busy raising her children, she enjoys running races, taking naps, and drinking coffee.

Debbie Odell

Adult Spiritual Growth Director
Debbie has been a member of Resurrection since 2001. Over the years, she has served in ministry with a variety of age groups from the nursery, youth, and adults in many capacities from council, missions, mentoring, teaching, and coaching. Her greatest joy is playing a part, small or big, in helping others grow deeper in their faith. Debbie resides in Monticello and lives with her husband, Roger. They have four grown adult children. 

Julie Dunn

Interim Generosity Director
Julie has been serving as the interim Generosity Director since 2017. Julie feels as if God has been training her for this position throughout her adult life. Combining her banking, office management, sharing her faith, and a love for meeting and helping people is the perfect fit for her heart here. She is honored to have this opportunity to assist in this work for Him. Julie lives in Buffalo with her husband, Greg. They have a blended family of four children, four dogs, one cat, and one rabbit. Together they enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, motorcycling, camping, and relaxing on the pontoon with their family, friends, and dogs.

Council Members

Deanna Anderson

President
This is Deanna’s first year serving as Council President. Serving on council is just one of the many things her and her husband, Bret, volunteer with. She has been at Resurrection for four years. Her family includes three little girls, Violet, Greta, and Kora. 

Matt Krogh

Vice-President
Matt and his wife, Sara, joined Resurrection in October of 2016. Growing up, Matt was heavily involved in youth ministry and mission trips. He currently works in Bloomington as a Quality Process Engineer. In his free time, Matt enjoys traveling, being outdoors, camping, building, and bowling. Matt and his wife reside in Albertville.

Alex Oelkers

Treasurer
Alex and his wife, Beth, have been members at Resurrection since 2000. They have two beautiful daughters named Carina and Daria. Together as a family, the Oelkers participate in many volunteer opportunities from all our ministries. Alex brings much talent to council as the Treasurer.

Kara Sloneker

Secretary
Kara is a charter member of Resurrection. Life at our church has meant serving and showing the open arms of God’s love to those around us. She has served throughout many of our ministries over the past twenty five years, including the Generosity team, hospitality, leading worship and Financial Peace University, and the youth gala. 

Cheri Affeldt

Member at Large

Cheri joined Resurrection in 2002 when her first son was baptized. She volunteered through the children and youth ministries as her sons grew up in them. Cheri is married to her husband, Bill, and has two sons named Jon and Gabe. The Affeldts enjoy baseball and outdoor activities. They have one dog and two cats.

Jim Swartwood

Member at Large
Jim and his wife Anna has been members at Resurrection for seven years. Together, they have two adult sons. Jim and his wife facilitate Adult Spiritual Growth classes and volunteer in other ministries as well.