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LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Clergy

 
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THE REV. KATHERINE LEWIS

Rector

When Katherine was called by the vestry in 2009, she remembers being moved by those she met during the search process—their spiritual groundedness, commitment to service to others, intellectual curiosity, playfulness and joy, and deep humility. Twelve years later, she can attest to the healthy DNA of St. David’s, a community of people who are curious, compassionate and able to forgive.

 

As rector, she works to equip members of the congregation to Love God, Love One Another by practicing servant leadership and radical hospitality. One of her favorite things is to help others discern their giftedness and sense of call and purpose, working with groups to identify how complementary gifts can be used, together, in service to others.

 

Katherine balances drive and hard work with a love of play. “I bike, run, garden, practice yoga, read, plan parties and get togethers, enjoy art and local music, love a good, hoppy beer, and have wonderful friends.”

 

She has two adult children and lives in Minneapolis. Katherine was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up primarily in Charleston, West Virginia. A fan of warm weather, she has learned to embrace winter running and cross-country skiing in Minnesota’s sometimes-frigid temps. Her B.A. is from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and her M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary.

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THE REV. LEONARD FREEMAN

Adjunct Clergy

The Rev. Leonard Freeman is both a parishioner and adjunct clergy for St. David’s. A poet, priest and old-movies buff, Len has served in both parish and national ministries during the 50+ years of his ordained life. He was the film critic for the Episcopal church’s national magazines as well as head of communications for both Trinity Church Wall Street in New York and Washington National Cathedral. He retired from St. Martin’s By-The-Lake in Minnetonka Beach. 

 

He is a Fellow of the College of Preachers, has done academic fellowships in economics and communications, and holds awards for his work in both print and television. He and his wife, the Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman, live in Long Lake and both write regularly. They are also the Chaplains for retired clergy in the diocese.

 

Len finds St. David’s to be a caring, faithful, spiritually nurturing, and innovative community for Christian discipleship. As Jimmy Stewart said in the film Harvey: “You may quote me.”

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THE REV. LINDSAY HARDIN FREEMAN

Adjunct Clergy

Lindsay has a lifelong relationship with St. David’s: she was baptized here in 1957, confirmed here, and grew up coming to church every Sunday. After receiving a B.S. from Mankato State in Social Work, she was awarded a North American Ministerial Award (Rockefeller), and earned her M.Div and M.A. in Theological Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

She has served parishes in Philadelphia, Boston and Minnesota, worked for 22 years as the communications consultant for the Episcopal Church Foundation, and was the editor of Vestry Papers for nine years. She has won over 30 awards for journalistic excellence and is the author/editor of eight books. From 2010-2014, she and a research team documented every word in the Bible spoken by women, which resulted in Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter, published by Forward Movement.


Lindsay and her husband, the Rev. Len Freeman, live in Long Lake with whomever of their children (five) happen to be visiting (with their various pets and partners). She enjoys filling in at St. David's when needed, and deeply values this wonderful faith community.

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THE REV. GUY DRAKE

Deacon Emeritus

Guy is a witness to the visible, active difference that St. David’s has been making in our “neighborhood” for over 50 years. As Deacon Emeritus, his focus is on liturgy, worship, pastoral care, outreach, and community involvement.

 

He put his B.A. in Leadership and Organizational Management from Concordia University, St. Paul to the test during his 40 years working for Dale Carnegie Training. Guy was ordained as a deacon in 2013. His connection with St. David’s goes back to its formation—his parents were founding members—and he bought a house nearby when he returned to the Twin Cities in 1982.

 

Guy lives in Minnetonka and has been married for 48 years. He has two children and two grandchildren.

Wardens

 
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HULDAH NILES

Sr. Warden

When Huldah and her family were seeking a church home in 2010, they were drawn to St. David’s by the choir and Bridge groups. They stayed because of the friendly people. Huldah appreciates that people at St. David’s genuinely care about each other and help out at church “because we love each other.” As a community, “we value St. David’s as a spiritual home and strive to make it welcoming to everyone.”

 

In her role as Senior Warden, she leads the Vestry in helping to manage finances and day-to-day needs of the St. David’s Parish. She loves creative problem solving and can take a vision through to reality. 

 

Huldah grew up in Iowa City and Omaha and has lived in the Twin Cities since 2000. She and her husband, David, live in Minnetonka with their daughter, Tilly. She holds both a B.M. and M.M. in violin performance.

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RANDY SCHWICHTENBERG

Jr. Warden

Randy appreciates that St. David’s is an open, welcoming, faith-based community that supports people and groups of many kinds within the local community and beyond. It is part of what helped draw him to St. David’s when he and his family were looking for a church in 2015. He also had friends who were part of the community.

 

As Jr. Warden, Randy is a member of the leadership team helping to manage finances and day-to-day needs of the St. David’s Parish. He has a broad range of interests, claiming to have mastery of none, although his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration suggests otherwise.

 

Randy grew up in New Hope, Minnesota. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Minnetonka. They have two daughters and four grandsons: Christine and Lars have sons Aiden (5) and Mats (3), Emily and Kevin have sons Grant (4) and Rex (1).

Staff

 
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SHEA BRENDALEN

Finance, Communication and Ministry Support Manager

Shea describes the people at St. David’s as “wonderful, warm, welcoming, and talented people who volunteer their time, skills, and knowledge to help make St. David’s the best that it can be.” She applies her own talents to provide financial and administrative support to the leadership team at St. David’s, doing the bookkeeping and pledge maintenance, implementing communications initiatives, and assisting with technology to support worship plans. 

 

Early in 2009, Shea was exploring opportunities for part-time work when a friend—whose husband was the church treasurer—told her St. David’s was looking for a bookkeeper. She has been on staff ever since. Shea and her spouse, Carey, live in downtown Hopkins. They have three young-adult children—all in college.

 

A farm-kid at heart, Shea still loves to ride dirt bikes with her sons when invited. She likes to read, travel, play games and spend time with her family. She grew up in Iowa and holds an accounting degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

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MADDIE HARVALA

Interim Administrative Assistant

Maddie knows St. David’s as home to people who think critically and encourage unconditional love of those around them. She has had her entire life to get to know St. David’s—her parents were married here; Maddie was born into the community and baptized as an infant. She and her younger twin siblings appreciate the years of encouragement they have received from the community.

The fact that Maddie grew up at St. David’s serves her well in her role as interim administrative assistant. She takes care of tasks like weekly emails, the bulletin, updating the prayers of the people, and also fields inquiries from people who reach out to the church office.

Maddie is a recent graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead with degrees in Political Science and Global Studies, plus a minor in Communication Studies. She studied in Costa Rica and Washington D.C. and is fluent in Spanish. A resident of Minneapolis, Maddie has a passion for mind maps and loves to use sidewalk chalk. She serves on the Vestry at St. David’s.

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ROGER STRATTON

Minister of Music

Roger recently joined the St. David’s leadership team and looks forward to his new role to implement the St. David’s music program vision by planning and leading music that brings all who participate and listen closer to the Divine and one another.   He sees himself encouraging the unique musical gifts of everyone in the congregation through congregational singing, choirs, and other ensembles.  He has long been drawn to the Episcopal Church, both for its rich liturgical tradition and for its spirit of hospitality and inclusion.  He recognizes St. David’s passion for justice and openness to creativity as exactly what he has been looking for.   

Roger grew up in Richmond, Indiana, in the Quaker community surrounding Earlham College. He received his B.S in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and his M.M. in Choral conducting from New England Conservatory and has more than 30 years' experience leading church choirs. His wife Monica works as a librarian and is also a highly accomplished singer and violinist. They live in Maplewood with their two sons, two dogs and two cats.  

Roger has always enjoyed taking deep dives into many different musical traditions, from tangos and sambas to Russian choral music, and from plainchant to Gospel. In recent years he’s become obsessed with jazz improvisation, including sacred jazz. He gets great pleasure from creating eclectic concerts, especially with his world music quintet, Ensemble Aventura.  

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ANNA BROCK

Children and Youth Minister

Anna Brock recently joined our leadership team and is excited to lead children and youth programming at St. David’s.  Her role will include engaging with children and volunteers through Godly Play, Middle School, and High School youth groups.  

Anna lives in St. Louis Park and is a graduate of Concordia College where she majored in Religion and minored in Interfaith Studies and Social Activism. Her future plans are to study at seminary and to become ordained. 

Anna grew up in Litchfield, MN and her family consists of two parents, two older sisters and their partners, as well as her partner Erik. Anna loves getting to know people and is grateful to serve with us at St. David’s! 

 

The Greater Church

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.

 

Meet Bishop Curry. Learn more about the Episcopal Church of America

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THE RT. REV. CRAIG LOYA

Bishop of Minnesota

The Rt. Rev. Craig Loya is the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. He was consecrated on June 6, 2020.

 

Bishop Loya served as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska from 2013-2020. Prior to that, he was the Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas from 2009-2013. He received his Master of Divinity from Yale University and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2002. 

 

Bishop Loya and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Mari and Asa.

Learn more about the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.