Pastor Ed DuBose, Senior Pastor
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Pastor Ed is happy to be in his fourth year of his appointment to Good Samaritan. Ed is an ordained Lutheran (ELCA) minister who has served seven other United Methodist congregations. Ed has been married to Rosie for 37 years. 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, mosaics, swimming and photography.
Heather Miller, Director of Families with Children
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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 (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.
Bob Windels, Director of Youth Ministries
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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 married to Abbie and is the proud father of three adult children. Bob has a fondness for words, music, dogs, backpacking and Twins baseball.
G. Phillip Shoultz III, Director of Music, Worship and the Arts,
Director of Chancel Choir and Youth Choir
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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 and their son, Malachi.
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.
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, Administrator of Programs and Communications
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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
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Helen joined our Good Samaritan staff in the Fall of 2013.
Dan Rogers-Green, Custodian
Dan works mornings and afternoons.
Diane Meissner, Custodian
Diane works evenings.
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.