Meet the Staff


Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of all of it's people.  Some are part time, some are full time, but they ALL dedicate their time and energy to making this church great!  Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:


Welcome to Pastor Steve Sylvester, who is our Interim Pastor.

He is originally from Missouri, but has been a resident of Minnesota for many years.  He graduated from Luther Semiinary in St. Paul in 1990 and has served at a number of churches with Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Circle Pines, MN from 2007 to December 31, 2023 as a lead Pastor as his most recent.

First Lutheran Church is his first interim appointment and he is excited to be working here, as we prepare to call our next "settled" Pastor.

Pastor Steve is married and he and his wife Jennifer, have two adult sons Sam and Charlie.  He is a cyclist and has even done some racing when he was younger, but these days he rides for fun with friends.

Again, we welcome Pastor Steve to First Lutheran Church and look forward to working with him.







 Youth Director Mindy Johnson - Youth Director

I have been the Youth Director at First Lutheran since 2005.  My responsibilities include helping to oversee the education, youth and family programs here at First Lutheran as well as other things as needed.  I direct Faith in Action, Vacation Bible School, as well as our Youth Group, held here on Wednesday evenings.  I plan and implement many youth activities, including service projects, youth Bible studies, family fellowship activities and mission trips.  I try to stay involved with the youth.  I also help support the youth in their school settings.  I keep in touch with quite a few of the youth, when they have graduated and moved on to their "adult lives".  My husband and I have three sons, which are in college and two daughters in high school. We are so very proud of all of our children and enjoy our family vacations, as well as any time we can share together.




Church Secretary Donna Martin - Church Secretary

I am the Church Secretary at First Lutheran and I joined the staff in  April of 2012.  I am responsible, for the day-to-day office routine and maintaining the congregational records for the church.  I order supplies needed by our office staff and I try tp keep the cost down, with coupons and/or watching sale items.  The newsletters that are sent out monthly, are primarily my responsibility, to put out as necessary.  I usually work Tuesday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  I am married and we have one daughter, whose male partner has an 11 year old son, that we have proudly taken on as our Grandson.   We also have two "church" granddaughters, that call  me and my husband Grandma and Grandpa.  One of my favorite things to do, is to go on  camping trips with my husband our friends.  We are the proud owners of six cats/kittens that we love to watch as they play.  





finsec23b  Kathy Thompson - Financial Secretary

I am the Financial Secretary at First Lutheran.  I joined the staff in  April of 2012.  My primary function, is to keep records of each member of our congretation.  This consists of reconciling offerings, to the church financial program.  I also keep in close communication with the Church Treasurer.  I prepare individual member contribution statements, with timely information on contributions to the general fund and other special offerings.  I work with the Parish Secretary when needed and I fill in for her, when she is absent.  I am the coordinator, for the church website.  My husband and I have a son and daughter and are the proud grandparents of 3 beautiful granddaughters and 2 precious, identical twin grandsons. We have 120 acres, that we share with the our sweet but curious horse, a good natured miniature donkey, our 2 beautiful Great Danes, a fiesty miniature Dachhund and our Granddaughter's cute little Shih Tzu/Bichon - that are ALL our BIG babies.





Treasurer Rick Bicking - Treasurer

I became Treasurer here at the church in September of 2017.  I pay all of the monthly bills, as well as do payroll for the staff.  Financial and bank records need to be maintained and stored and this is part of my responsibility.  I coordinate with the Financial Secretary, in order to maintain our records.  Each month, I reconcile the bank statement and report to Church Council, as to where the church finanaces are. I also file all the required federal and state tax forms.  At the end of the year, I prepare and present financial reports for audit.  I am blessed to have 7 children as well as 3 grandchildren.  They are a big part of my life.  As well as holding the treasure's position here at First Lutheran, I also work full time for the Hinckley Grand Casino and have been there for many years.  Both positions keep me challenged and I am happy to be able to work in both!




325753789 960957291950147_3012692376658814234_n b Brittany Brooks - Custodian

I became the custodain here at First Lutheran Church on February 8, 2023.  My position consists of sweeping, vacumming, cleaning and stocking the bathrooms, emptying garbage, as well as general pick up, etc.  I have four young children; Brooklyn, Camron, Leela and Christopher.  I live in Hinckley and my hobbies are playing and spending time with my children as well as playing and taking care of my puppy, Blu.  Cleaning is what I do and I generally like it, but I do NOT like to do dishes!  I do clean other places as well as First Lutheran Church.   




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