Staff

Sarah Tittle: Parish Administrator

office@firstchurchmn.org; 612-331-3816, ext 301

Sarah’s office hours are Tuesdays-Fridays from 9am-3pm. Stop by and say hello!

Sarah has served as First Church’s Parish Administrator since September 2005. In that capacity, she answers phones and doors, creates bulletins, manages the calendar and mailing lists, sends out the weekly email news, records financial transactions, and pays the bills. In addition she will chat with you, connect you to a church member or event, remind you of when a meeting is scheduled–and then chat some more! A longtime resident of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, Sarah loves working within walking distance to her home. She is passionate about reading, writing, cooking, and conversation. She is mother to two beautiful young women, wife to a wonderful husband, and guardian to a sweet but naughty black lab.

Brad Schumann: Custodian

bardleyschumann@gmail.com

Brad is a life-long resident of Southeast Minneapolis and has attended First Church since 1970. He was confirmed here in 1977. Brad’s mother was parish administrator from 1972 to 1979, and at her insistence he applied and was hired for the position of church custodian in July, 1981. Brad’s responsibilities are, in a nutshell: to maintain the building and grounds; set up for and clean up after events; and  report building and/or equipment issues to the Principal Minister and Trustees.
Brad works 25 hours a week; his hours are roughly 11am-3:30 Monday – Friday and a couple of hours in the morning, and 3 or 4 more in the afternoon on Saturday. He also works part-time weekday evenings for United Parcel Service, and does odd jobs and lawn care for people in and around the ‘hood. When Brad’s not working he’s a devout homebody who likes to garden, play video games, shop at his Coop, and drink a beer on his front porch, while admiring his tomato plants and barbecuing. He also has a casual interest in history and sports.

Jane McBride: Principal Minister

jmcbride@firstchurchmn.org; 612-331-3816, ext 304

Jane’s work week is Sunday-Thursday, with occasional Saturdays.   She is in and out of the office frequently; please feel free to call or email to set up an appointment.

Jane has served First Church as Principal Minister since February 2010.  Her role is to empower the ministry of the whole congregation and the staff.   She enjoys the rich variety of her days.  At any given moment, you might find her designing a worship service, writing a sermon, visiting with one of our elders, leading a staff meeting, consulting about a needed repair to the building, talking with a member about a life issue, taking some quiet time to pray and study, having coffee with someone who is new to the church, teaching confirmation, working on getting our message out through facebook, email and our monthly newsletter, or attending a meeting of a church committees or community group.

Jane is a PK (preacher’s kid) who has been part of the United Church of Christ all her life. She received her B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from St. Olaf College in 1997 and her Masters of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2000. She began her work at Falcon Heights UCC in September 2000 as half-time Director of Children’s Ministry, became a full-time staff member there in 2001, and was ordained as Associate Minister early in 2002 where she continued to serve, working with three successive Senior Ministers, until March of 2009.

In her preaching, Jane seeks to interweave Biblical texts with the issues and questions of daily life.  She is committed to prayer and spiritual practices, and passionate about social justice.  She is especially compelled by issues related to poverty, food, environmental sustainability, and racism. She is a trained facilitator for the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality curriculum and the Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles (ASDIC). She has worked extensively with children and youth and has led several service learning trips.  Jane embraces in mystery and believes that we must see God in many ways, hear God in many languages, and call God by many names.

Jane enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, bicycling, walking, canoeing and camping, playing the violin and singing, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.  Jane’s spouse, the Rev. Jennifer Nagel, is the pastor of University Lutheran Church of Hope.  Jane and Jen are proud parents of Eliza and Alice.

 

Daniel Romero: Minister for Faith Formation

dromero@firstchurchmn.org; 612-331-3816 ext 303

Daniel has primary responsibility for strengthening faith formation as a life-long process of growth that engages the whole congregation through worship, education, small groups and social justice activities. Daniel came to First Church from Chicago where he worked for many years as a social worker and a faith-based community organizer before answering his invitation to ministry. Daniel is especially passionate about social justice, community engagement, leadership development and the empowerment of oppressed people.

Cynthia Mortensen: Minister of Music

cynthiamo.mortensen@gmail.com; 612-331-3816 ext 302

Cynthia Mortensen grew up in St. Paul, and graduated with a B.A. in Organ Performance from the College of St. Catherine in 1980. She studied organ with Robert Wolfe, Dr. Paul Manz, and Dr. James Callahan. She has served as a choral conductor throughout her career, both in churches, (most recently at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ) and as a High School Choral/Vocal teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall High School for more than fifteen years. She has been an adjudicator Regional Choral and Solo/Ensemble Contests sponsored by the MN State High School League. Her conducting teachers include the late Dr. Maurice Jones at the College of St. Catherine, Dr. Edith Copley of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, as well as with Dr. Axel Theimer at St. John’s University. She also studied voice with Dr. James Sample at the College of St. Thomas, Dr. Maurice Jones, and Dr. Patricia Kent. While in college, she performed the Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani with members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Cynthia has sung with The Minnesota Chorale and Kantorei. Cynthia also has a fondness for jazz, and has performed with a few big bands in the Twin Cities. She is a member of the VoiceCare Network, the American Guild of Organists, and the American Choral Director’s Association. She currently teaches private voice and piano. Her hobbies include gardening, golf, knitting and reading.

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