Congregational Council

Linnae Stole

My name is Linnae Stole, and I am excited to serve as the handbell choir director for Peace bRingers! As a lifelong member of St. Andrew I have been involved in various areas of ministry, from Sunday school and camp counseling to musical ensembles and the Haiti mission. Outside of church, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family. Fun Fact: I started ringing handbells at St. Andrew way back in the late 1990s as an elementary school…

Joy Altmann

My name is Joy Altmann and I have been a member of St. Andrew for 19 years. My husband Tim, our daughter Audrey (24), and son Aidan (13) have enjoyed being a part of this faith community. We have been able to grow through programs like Loaves & Fishes, funeral support, Manna Meals, Mom’s Group, confirmation, Spirit in the Pines, youth groups at every age, and I even served as the Hospitality Minister and part-time receptionist in the early 2000s.…

Matt Gribben

Matt was baptized at St. Andrew in 1995 and has stuck around ever since! He has been involved at St. Andrew throughout his life but more recently has been involved as a Staff member at Spirit in the Pines and as a Confirmation small group leader. He is most excited to continue his work on young adult ministries and get involved in more areas at St. Andrew. Matt is a Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management in Minnetonka.

Kris Hansel

Kris and her husband Mike reside in Chaska and joined St. Andrew in 2015. Kris is eager to prayerfully discover how her God-gifts of intellectual curiosity, helping hands, and an attitude of gratitude will best support the congregation and staff. She has participated in St. Andrew small group offerings, attended St. Andrew University sessions, served with Messiah Food Baskets and Loaves & Fishes, and continues to seek new opportunities for involvement. Kris feels blessed in current service as in-house legal…

Juli Hermanson

Twenty years ago, God nudged two newlyweds, Juli and her husband Micheal, to make St. Andrew their church home. Over those years they grew their faith and family (Katelyn-18 and Andrew-13) through and amidst this community of believers. Juli currently serves in small group confirmation leadership, the funeral reception committee and Canticle Choir. Her past involvement includes the Benevolence Committee, various small group ministries, and annually adoring the sunsets on the shores of Spirit in the Pines. Professionally, Juli is…

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…