OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

 
 
Rick Fossum
Interim Senior Pastor 
 

I was born and raised in North Dakota. I went to the University of North Dakota and received a degree in accounting. I served two years in the U.S Army. My wife and I have been married for forty-three years. We have three grown children and two grand boys. This is a second career for me. I owned my own tax and accounting business before going to seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. My hobbies are: playing with the grand boys, walking, riding bike, golfing, doing yardwork, and reading. We retired to Lakeville, Minnesota after thirty-three years of ministry to be closer to our two daughters and their families. This is my third Interim opportunity.

 Contact Rick Fossum at 763-421-2378, ext. 102 or by email at mailto: rick_fossum@hotmail.com
Laura Hannah
 
Laura Hannah
Director of Ministries
 
Laura joined the UMCA staff in October of 2016. Laura grew up in Cottage Grove, along with her five siblings. There was never a dull moment in the Hannah household, and her parents deserve all the credit for raising their children into terrific adults. Laura developed a love for learning that continued beyond high school, she is a graduate of Bethel University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Laura is married to Andrew Hoffman, they met while working at the Woodbury YMCA. After three years of dating long distance, they married in July of 2015. Laura enjoys board games, Geocaching, and fostering dogs. She is…
 
Dave Long
 
Dave Long
Coordinator of Family Ministries
 
Dave joined the UMCA team in January of 2015 after living in Hungary, California and Wisconsin over the span of 10 years. He has had 11 years of experience working with kids, youth and families and is passionate about connecting them to God and others through music, videos, social media, and a great story. Dave enjoys backpacking, hiking and canoeing, podcasting, being an uncle, playing basketball/golf/tennis, biking, Yelping, watching movies, cheering for Minnesota sports teams and spending time with family and friends. He can be reached at 763-421-2378 ext. 105 or e-mail at davelong15@gmail.com
 
 
Lou Ann
 
LouAnn Kaar
Administrative Manager
 

LouAnn began working at United Methodist Church of Anoka in April 2016. She has had 10 years of experience working in a church as Administrative Assistant in South Carolina before moving back to MN.  She loves every minute and aspect of her job, from answering the phone to printing the bulletin, helping other staff members on projects and those coming in for food assistance. She grew up in White Bear Lake, MN and now resides in Blaine. In her spare time she most enjoys being a grandma, then, reading & a really good steak, fresh air and sunshine, apple pie and ice cream. You can contact LouAnn at the Church office 763-421-2378 or email her at umcanoka@gmail.com

 
Sherrie Denzene
 
Sherrie Denzene
Communications
 
Sherrie has been at UMCA since 2004 working with the newsletter when it was only in paper form and the only avenue of congregational communication! Sherrie has studied art and music at the University of Minnesota and design at Northern Illinois University. She was born Minnesota, but spent 13 years in North Carolina.  She has served as Administrative Assistant for Champlin United Methodist and Northern Light Church of Ramsey. Her passion in Communications is to continually look for ways to communicate existing church-wide and ministry programs in creative ways that evoke a response from the congregation and community. She lives with her husband, Quentin, in Andover and loves the time she
 
Julie Hammel
 
Julie Hammel
Accounting
 

Julie has worked at UMCA since April 2011. Her passion is helping others and serving in different ministry areas.  She will complete two Bachelor’s degrees at Metropolitan State University with majors in Human Services Disability Studies and Administration along with a minor in gerontology in December 2016.  She has several years experience working in church administration and finances and other church ministries.  In her spare time, Julie also works with Family Promise of Anoka County and serves as a state officer with the Minnesota Women of Today, and on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Women of Today Foundation.  She is very active in the communities of Anoka and Ramsey.

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Hannah Braasch
 
Hannah Braasch
Director of Worship and Music
 
Hannah joined the UMCA staff in 2013 and immediately found herself part of a proud and long-standing musical tradition. Hannah directs the Chancel Choir, collaborates with the Family Ministry program on the children’s Christmas program, works with the Senior Pastor on the weekly worship design, serves on the Worship and Music Committee and is often involved in the planning and implementing of community outreach events. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but Muscatine, Iowa has been “home” for many years now. Hannah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Philosophy from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she met her husband, Dave, and they now live in 
 
Diane
 
Diane Gronewold
Organist and Music Coordinator
 
Diane Gronewold is the Organist, Accompanist and Music Coordinator at the United Methodist Church in Anoka. Since high school, she has been actively involved in church musicianship, especially with her keyboard work. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Northern Iowa where she majored in Art and Art Education with a minor in Music (piano and organ). She completed a Master of Art Education Degree at the University of Minnesota. She is a pastel artist and teaches art at Anoka High School.
 
“I have always had the passion to provide music to others in order to glorify the Lord 
 
 
Kathy
 
Kathy Chojnacki
Director, Jubilee Bells, Angelic Chimes, & South Street Boys
 

Kathy Chojnacki is the Director for Jubilee Bells, Angelic Chimes, and South Street Boys.  Kathy moved to the area in 2001 and became involved with the bell choir right away.  She started a high school group about 2003, with the Chimes starting shortly thereafter.  When the opportunity to direct the adult bell choir came up, she decided to give it a try, loved it, and has been doing ever since.  Kathy started playing bells in 1977 with a group from Salt Lake City, known as the Wesley Bell Ringers.  Bells have become a passion and she loves to get others involved in the instrument. Kathy was asked to direct the South Street Boys men’s choir in 2014. 

Kathy was born in Iowa, and has also lived

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Gary Ludeki
 
Gary Ladyka
Praise Hymn Band Director
 

Gary Ladyka first took an interest in playing the family piano and has since had the opportunity to play several different genres of music. For a variety of reasons, the one genre that is for him, the most challenging and the most personally rewarding is sacred music. 

As a musician, you always strive to give the message of the song the right sound and the right feel. And when that happens, it’s a great feeling.  But, when you’re able to touch someone’s heart and mind with a message from God through the music you are playing that is a feeling that is quite simply amazing. He feels truly blessed to have the privilege of being able to share God’s word through music with the people of Anoka United Methodist Church. 

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Kim Harris
 
Kim Harris
Deaconess
 

Kim has had the pleasure of attending the United Methodist Church of Anoka for fourteen years. She belongs to the local unit of United Methodist Women, the largest denominational faith organization for women turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.

Kim was consecrated into the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner on May 16, 2016. This Order is a life time commitment to Love, Justice and Service. Her current ministries are teaching at Kids & Company Child Care, serving at United Methodist Church of Anoka in ministries of the church and serving as the Minnesota Conference United Methodist Women’s Vice President.

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Worship Times     
     8:30 and 10:00 a.m.     
       
 Sunday School    
 all ages at 10:00 a.m.     
     
Nursery Hours   
8:00 – 11:30 a.m.