Pastor Ed DuBose, Senior Pastor
Ed came to Good Samaritan in the sixth year of his appointment as the pastor at Spirit of Hope UMC in Golden Valley. He previously served as the interim pastor at seven United Methodist churches around the region. Ed is an ordained Lutheran minister. He is married to Rose Marie and they have two daughters, Melissa and Megan.
Ed graduated from St. Olaf College and then studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Today he divides his time between work, family, genealogy, swimming and photography.
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Pastor Amanda Lunemann, Associate Pastor
Before coming to Good Samaritan, Amanda served in roles of church planting, interim, and associate ministry within the greater Twin Cities area. She is passionate about all things relationship-building and has a deep love for meeting new people and engaging with people and life beyond the church walls. Like the founder of the Methodist movement (John Wesley), she sees “the world as her parish”.
Amanda loves to cook and gather in community around food, as she believes Jesus was the “first foodie”, and nothing speaks more of God’s love than bread, wine, and laughter. She is a life-long learner and is always finding ways to engage her intellectual curiosity through science, the arts, documentaries, and simple human interaction. She loves to be outdoors and recently took up cycling as a hobby.
She lives in Hopkins with her daughter Norah, their cat Finnegan, and their hens (a.k.a. “the ladies”) Gloria, Missy, Penny, and Bernadette.
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Heather was raised by two United Methodist pastors and is a woman full of enthusiasm and excitement about working with children and their families in our environment. Heather grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Elementary Education and Sociology/Anthropology in 1994 and a Masters in Experiential Education from Mankato State University in 2003. She served in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, Africa from 1995–1998 and then worked as an elementary teacher in New Mexico and Minnesota. Heather and husband, Chris, and children, Acacia (6) and Evan (4), enjoy camping, canoeing, and traveling. Heather is a children’s literature enthusiast and manages a web site and blog for teachers about great books for kids.
Contact: Heather@good.org 952-452-9398 ext 398
Bob Windels has been “Bob the Youth Guy” in ELCA congregations for 30 years, passionately building community and sharing the message of God’s grace. He arrived at Good Sam eager to help youth find their individual calling and a personal faith in Christ that is life-sustaining. He is the proud father of three adult children. Bob has a fondness for words, music, dogs, backpacking and Twins baseball; and he is looking forward to his New Year’s Day wedding to the fabulous Abbie Albitz.
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Marilee Stevens, Youth Singers Director
Marilee has been an alto in the wonderful Good Samaritan Chancel Choir for twenty-two years, and has directed the Good Samaritan Youth Singers with joy for seventeen years. She has a great passion for music and a great love and respect for the unique gifts of young people. She considers herself privileged to have studied with master choral directors Donald Strandemo, Dennis Jewett, Paul Oakley, and Thomas Paulsen. Marilee loves reading, walking, baking pies, and baseball. She volunteers as a tutor with the SHAPE program in Bloomington and with the AVID program at South View Middle School. She and her husband, Terry, enjoy road-trip travel and playing with their five grandchildren. They have been members at Good Samaritan since 1990.
Michelle is a native Minnesotan who is excited to be back in the land of hotdishes! She was raised on a farm near Alexandria where music was a family tradition. Her grandmother was the church organist, choir director, and her first piano teacher. Michelle’s grandfather was a self-taught saxophonist who enjoyed playing in the local “Tootin’ Gramps” band and her father still brings out his baritone every Easter to play “The Holy City” in church. Family trips were never without singing in the car. Michelle holds a B.S. degree in Vocal Music Education from the Minnesota State University of Moorhead, along with a B.A. degree in Human Services, where she studied psychology, sociology and music, from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Michelle has nine years of experience teaching music in the public school setting and also worked with the children’s music program of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta for four years. She enjoys teaching piano lessons and has earned certification in both Kodaly and Orff music methodologies. Michelle loves teaching and is very excited to continue her work with the wonderful children of Good Samaritan. Michelle and her husband, Phillip, are proud parents of Malachi.
G. Phillip Shoultz, III Director of Music, Worship and the Arts
Phillip has dedicated the last eighteen years to serving churches in the African Methodist Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian, and United Methodist traditions. In addition to his work at Good Samaritan, serves as Associate Conductor ofVocalEssence and is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. Phillip enjoys a multifaceted career as a conductor, educator, singer, and speaker.
The winner of the 2015 National American Choral Directors Association Graduate Student Conducting Competition, Phillip sings professionally, adjudicates vocal festivals, and frequently appears as throughout the US as a guest clinician. Recently, he served as a Conducting Fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival, traveled to Germany to participate in the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy under the baton of Helmut Rilling, and England to participate in the CS Lewis Choral Institute in Cambridge and Oxford.
Phillip enjoys biking, jogging, and all things related to sports and food. He believes every person can experience great joy through singing and passionately encourages exploration of body, mind, and voice through corporate singing experiences. Phillip lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with his wife, Michelle, and their son, Malachi.
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Lukas Perry is a keyboardist, conductor, and music scholar. He is currently a dual candidate for the Masters in Choral Conducting and the Masters in Music Theory at the University of Minnesota. There, he works as the Assistant Conductor of Campus Singers as well as a Teaching Assistant to music theory courses. Previously, Lukas served as the Music Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor, WA, and he has played organ in a variety of other denominations and settings. Lukas graduated summa cum laude from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, with degrees in Music and Mathematics. A native of Idaho, he enjoys biking, skiing, and hiking when he is not studying or performing music!
Sue Nissen, Director of Chancel Chimes
She is a lifelong church musician who played bells as a youth and began directing bell choirs in 1987. She has studied under a number of pioneering directors and composers, including Donald Allured and Dr. William Payne. Before joining the staff at Good Samaritan Sue directed bell choirs at Colonial Church of Edina and Nativity Lutheran Church St Anthony. Sue and husband Randy live in Edina and have two sons, Chad, a banker living in Kansas City and Rob, a Navy Airman stationed at Port Whidbey Island, Washington. Randy is a Sales Manager for Land ‘O Frost Meats and Sue teaches Family & Consumer Sciences at Richfield Senior High School.
Brad Carlin, Coordinator of Homeward Bound
A member of Good Sam since 1992, Brad serves as musical director of the church’s house band, Homeward Bound. Originally from northwest suburban Chicago, he received a B.S. in Math, Actuarial Science, and Music from the University of Nebraska in 1984, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in statistics from the University of Connecticut in 1986 and 1989, respectively. In his “day job” he serves as professor and head of the Division of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. A keyboardist and vocalist, he also leads a variety of “pickup bands” related to his neighborhood, his work, and even the Minnesotans for Nebraska Cornhusker pep band. He is the proud father of 3 musical boys, and has been married more than 25 years. Follow the Homeward Bound Band on Facebook or listen to them on YouTube.
Joanie Webster, Communications & Program Manager
We welcome Joanie Webster as our new Communications & Program Manager. Joanie has a B.A. in Christian Ministries and has a rich background in United Methodist Worship and Arts. Joanie was most recently the Worship Minister at Brunswick UMC in Crystal for seven years where she led the music and arts ministry. Joanie also has office administration and communications experience.
Joanie is married to husband Dennis (also a musician) and they have six children together. At this moment they are empty nesters, but know through experience this could change at any time!
Joanie is excited to be at Good Samaritan and looks forward to meeting everyone. Stop by and say hi.
Contact: Joanie@good.org 952-452-9393 ext 393
Helen McEvoy-Freese, Office Administration
Helen joined our Good Samaritan staff in the Fall of 2013.
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Dan Rogers-Green, Custodian
Dan works mornings and afternoons.
Contact: Danrg@good.org 952-452-9400 ext400
Diane Meissner, Custodian
Diane Works Evenings.
Before her retirement, Dandy served Good Samaritan as Associate Pastor from 1998-2005. As an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church she specialized in Christian Education and developed unique skills in the areas of media and technology. A gifts she brings to ministry is her ability to understand how the technology can be used to facilitate ministry. She currently maintains our website and often develops Multi-Media presentations. She also enjoys traveling, photography, and visiting with friends and family.
Contact Dandy@good.org 612-518-7652