Pastor Patricia Hinker, Interim Senior Pastor
Pastor Pat Hinker is a trained interim pastor who ministers with churches in times of transition. After careers in teaching and business, she was called into ordained ministry in mid-life. She has served rural, urban and suburban congregations throughout Minnesota. She had the opportunity to serve as Director of Ministries for the Minnesota Annual Conference, and District Superintendent of the Southwest District, gaining valuable experience in helping churches envision their future. She retired in 2011, but her daughter, Amy, has said that she is flunking retirement!
Her response is that “Retirement is the opportunity to do what you love!” – and so she has continued to do what she loves: serving as an interim pastor, working with churches as a consultant and pastors as a coach to bring healing, focus, hope and plans for living into the the future that God intends for them.
Pastor Diane C. Olson, Interim Visitation Pastor
Pastor Diane is a retired Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She has wide-ranging experience in ministry in large church settings, serving in the areas of Christian Education, mission/social justice outreach and pastoral care. Most recently she served as pastor of Gethsemane UMC in Lino Lakes. She is organized and compassionate with a passion for helping persons claim their ministry. Her responsibilities will include pastoral visitation, oversight of pastoral care needs, and organization of a lay visitation ministry.
Pastor Diane will be in her office Tuesdays from 11 – 2 and Wednesdays from 10 -2, and many Sundays from an hour or so before worship until an hour after. She will also be making hospital visits and calling on homebound persons who wish for a visit.
Heather Miller, Director of Families with Children
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 (14) and Evan (11), 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.
Rev Jean Elliott, Director of Youth Ministries
G. Phillip Shoultz III, Director of Music, Worship and the Arts,
Director of Chancel Choir and Youth Choir
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, he serves as Associate Conductor of Vocal Essence 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 and traveled to Germany to participate in the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy under the baton of Helmut Rilling, and England to participate in the C S 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 with his wife, Michelle; their son, Malachi and their daughter Lydia Grace.
Michelle Shoultz, Director of Children’s Choirs
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.
Sue Nissen, Director of Chancel Chimes
Sue 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 in 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.
Joanie Webster, Administrator of Programs and Communications
Joanie has devoted over 30 years of her life to serving churches in Music and Worship Arts as well as Communications. She has a B.A. in Christian Ministries and loves being in ministry both here at Good Samaritan and at her home church, Immanuel UMC in Corcoran. Joanie expresses her love of the Lord through her music (vocals, piano/keys, trumpet) as well as through graphic arts and church communications. She has free-lanced in the metro area in both music and drama, taught voice and piano, and directed various ensembles throughout her career. Joanie lives in Maple Grove with her husband Dennis (also a musician) and they have six kids and two grandchildren.
Helen McEvoy-Freese, Office Administration
Helen joined our Good Samaritan staff in the Fall of 2013.
Dan Rogers-Green, Custodian
Dan works mornings and afternoons.
Dandy Lewis, Media Specialist
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.