Staff & Leaders (Page 4)

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.

John Kirk

John and his wife Jackie joined St. Andrew in the late 1980’s for its family friendly atmosphere and the “small church” feel. Both (now adult) children grew up in the church and daughter Jill was married at St. Andrew. John is a retired sales executive who stays busy as a volunteer at PROP and IOCP food shelves, as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Eden Prairie and as a (very) part-time consultant. Upon retirement, John increased his participation in…

Brian Shimley

Jim Smiley

Jim and his wife Rhonda live in Eden Prairie. They have two Children, Steele Smiley and Shannon Laffond (Jonathan). They have five grandchildren ages 19-9. The small church feel and caring nature of St. Andrew members drew them to the church. Jim ushers every third month. He also participates in the Saturday morning Dad’s group. Rhonda does Manna Meals prep, the funeral reception committee and Wednesday’s Women of the Word. Jim’s career was with US West and the old Bell…

Vince Thomas

Vince Thomas has been a member of St. Andrew since 2001, shortly after moving to Minnesota from Chicago. Vince is married to Susan and has two children, Jack (22) and Katie (15). Vince has been involved with St. Andrew volunteering as an usher and participating in the Saturday morning Men’s group. Susan has been involved with the Altar Guild and is participating in A More Just World. Both children have enjoyed Spirit in the Pines – Jack was a counselor…

Eric Werlinger

Eric and his wife Tova joined St. Andrew over 5 years ago and have two daughters Kayden (15) and Lillian (10). He is a Regional Development Director at Thrivent Financial in Hennepin county. His family has participated in small groups, children’s ministry, men’s and women’s retreats, Spirit in the Pines, Habitat for Humanity Build, and Kayden and Lillian have been in St Andrew youth choirs. Eric is excited to work on the congregational council to continue St Andrew’s outreach ministry…