Staff & Leaders

Welcome to the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Staff Page. If you would like to filter staff contacts by group, you can do so with the yellow “Groups” button above. If you have a question you can also reach out via our contact page.

Pastor David Lillejord

I guess I should have seen this pastor thing coming. My dad is a retired Lutheran pastor, and my late mother was a church organist, and choir director. I was ordained in 1991, and St. Andrew is my fourth congregation. My first call was Farmington Lutheran Church, Farmington, Minnesota. My second call was Incarnation Lutheran Church in North Oaks, Minnesota. My third call was Mount Calvary in Eagan, Minnesota. I attended Augsburg University for my undergraduate degree and Luther Seminary…

Pastor Gail Bach

I am a graduate of Augsburg College with a major in accounting. I worked in a variety of accounting positions for Pillsbury for almost 16 years and Jostens for another two years before joining the staff of St. Andrew, overseeing the business side of the church. It didn’t take long to feel the pull to ordained ministry. After 9 years of attending seminary on a part-time basis while continuing my work at St. Andrew, I graduated and was eventually ordained…

Pastor Matthew Fleming

My name is Matthew Ian Fleming and I am one of the pastors at St. Andrew. I teach adult learning opportunities, create conferences through Church Anew and shepherd a group of 20-30-something innovators. I was born and raised in Napa, California but have learned to love these things called “seasons,” autumn especially. I am a graduate of Concordia College with the most practical majors of English Literature and Music Performance. Before coming to St. Andrew in 2014, I was a…

Pastor Peter Johnson

My name is Peter Johnson. I joined the pastoral staff at St. Andrew in 2013. In my role I help design and lead St. Andrew University programming and small group ministry. I also support and strengthen St. Andrew’s various Christian service programs like our partnerships with Lutheran Social Services (Holiday Store), PROP food and clothing drives, and the Haiti mission, to name a few. I am honored to serve the community as a chaplain in the Eden Prairie Police and…

Pastor Roger Schindel

I’m Roger Schindel (retired Lutheran Minister) and my wife is Kathy. We’ve been married for 52 years and have two adult children, Jon & Anne, who live in the area and four grandchildren. Kathy’s been a piano teacher for 45 years and recognized for some of her compositions in recent years. I have worked part time for St. Andrew since 2005 doing Visitation Ministry and leading our senior adult group, Prime Timers. I love jazz, some classical music, choral music…

Sarah Dorr

Hello, I am Sarah Dorr the new Children’s Ministry Coordinator, and I am so excited to jump into this position. I am from Mahtomedi, Minnesota where I also worked at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church on the Children’s Ministry Team. I am a recent graduate from Augsburg University’s Theology and Public Leadership program with a concentration in Youth Studies. Some things that you may find me doing outside of work are going on long walks with my dog, testing new recipes…

Burke Hancer

My name is Burke Hancer. I am the Camping Ministry Director for Spirit in the Pines Camp. I have been at St. Andrew since 1992, and have been in youth and camping ministry since 1981! To say that I love what I do would be an understatement. My wife Paula and I have three grown daughters, Erin, Kelsey, Brittany, a terrific son-in-law, Tom (Brittany) and a wonderful granddaughter, Ella-4 1/2! Ella can’t wait for her soon-to-be-born sibling (neither can we)!…

TJ Helgren

My name is TJ Helgren, I have been with St. Andrew as the High School Director since 2016. I was born in Minnesota but quickly moved to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin where I spent most of my life. I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin where I majored in Theology and ran cross country and track. I love all sports and though I was raised in Wisconsin I have been brainwashed by my dad to love all Minnesota teams. When I am…

Maggie Diede

I have been on staff at St. Andrew since March, 2019. In my position as Staff Accountant, I help ensure our bills and employees are paid on time and that our ledgers are up to date and accurate. My husband Mike and I live in Eden Prairie and we have 3 children. Our two oldest, Liz and Bill, are out of college and on their own. Thankfully they both live and work in the area and we see them often.…

Steve Gitto

In 2003 the company I worked for at the time was contracted by St Andrew to migrate the Church’s dial-up Internet connections to a network-based, dedicated bandwidth Internet service. That is where it all began for me. During that time God showed me an opportunity where I could be part of a team dedicated to the ongoing mission of the Church by providing technical services as needed. Since then I have been blessed by the many relationships over the years…