Pastor Mike Briggs
 
 
Randy and I grew up about a mile apart in the Twin Cities suburbs. We met in our church youth group, began dating in high school and by some miracle of God she still puts up with me. Our two sons went to school in Stillwater, MN in the 1990’s, where I served as an associate/youth pastor. Matthew (37) now lives with his wife (Holly) and son (Luke) in Denver. Jason (35) lives in Minneapolis.  email Pastor Mike
 
 
 
 
 

   

Tammy Martin, Office Manager
My name is Tammy Martin and I live in Riverton, MN.  I have 2 wonderful sons and 5 beautiful grandchildren that live in the Hastings, MN area.  My career has always been in administrative support of some kind, including Office Manager and Counselor at Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center in Brainerd. email Tammy

   

 
 
 
 

 

Chanda DeVilliers, Financial Manager

I am originally from Apple Valley, MN.  I lived in Georgia for 16 years where I met my husband, after we had kids we decided to move up here to raise them.  I now live in Brainerd with my husband and two young kids so, when I am not here I am busy with them and their activities.  I enjoy being outdoors as much as I can and spending time with my family. email Chanda
 
 
 
 

Glen Helm

Glen Helm, Facilities Coordinator

Responsible for the cleaning, maintenance, care and upkeep of the facilities, systems and grounds of Salem, Glen joined the staff in August of 2013.  Glen is married to Sally and they have 2 grown children – Holly (and son-in-law, Josh) and Justin and 3 grandchildren: Noah, Abby and Rayne.   Glen loves being with his family above all else and together they enjoy the outdoors – fishing, hiking, playing ball.  Motorcycling is a big part of Glen’s life.  He is experienced in maintenance, grounds-keeping and general operations of large facilities. email Glen

   

Deb Selk, Mustard Seed Manager

Deb was born and raised in Benson, MN and moved to the Brainerd area in September of 2011.  Deb has 2 daughters and 8 wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys reading, the outdoors and spending time with her family.  Deb is glad to be a part of The Mustard Seed and Salem.  email Deb 

   

  
 
 
 

Scott Ruffing, Choir Director

Scott is originally from Wells, Minnesota.  He received his B.S. Degree in Music Education from Mankato State University in 1980.  He then taught elementary music in New Ulm, Minnesota for two years.  He worked with Musicana Enterprises, a Florida-based company that offered entertainment to hotels, resorts and cruise-lines.  During this time he worked in several facets of the company including singing, production and sales.  While completing a Master of Music degree at Mankato State, Ruffing began teaching elementary music in the Crosby-Ironton School District.  This is when he started directing the Salem Lutheran Church Choir.  After six years, he took a leave of absence from teaching and directing in pursuit of  a Ph.D degree in Music Education at the University of Minnesota.  He returned to Salem staff in 2009 where he directs the Salem Choir and an annual Christmas ecumenical cantata.  He loves the friendly support of the Salem choir and congregation and feels blessed to be here.
 

 

Kevin EdstromKevin Edstrom, Handbell Choir Director

Kevin’s 30 years of handbell ringing started with the New Horizon Ringers at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Hastings MN.  He became interested in all aspects of ringing from the low bass bells all the way to the high trebles.  While attending an American Guild of English Handbell Ringer’s festival, he was introduced to solo ringing and thought he could take on the challenge.  The opportunity arose for Kevin to start up and handbell program for Christ Lutheran and First Congregational Churches in Glencoe, MN where he directed for seven years before moving to Deerwood.  Upon arriving at Deerwood, he found handbells at Salem Lutheran Church, it was a reason to check out Salem.  Kevin now directs the Salem Ringers.  He is also the Northern Minnesota Sub-chair for the Area 7 Handbell Musicians of America.  If anyone has interest in handbell ringing, please contact Kevin via e-mail or leave a                                                                 message at the church office.  email Kevin
 
 
Becky Klingelhofer, Pianist/Organist and Praise Team Co-Director
 
Becky joined the Salem staff in August of 2013 as the church pianist/organist. In November of that same year, she accepted the position of co-director of the praise team which involves planning the music for the contemporary service. Along with playing for the services, she accompanies the church choir as well. Becky has played the piano since she was three years old. At age twelve, she became the official pianist at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin, Minnesota where her dad was the pastor. For the remainder of her life, Becky has been involved with leading music and as church pianist wherever she has lived. Becky and her husband Scott, live in Aitkin and have two grown daughters, Heather and Heidi.
 
 
 
Noreen Steinbrecher, Praise Team Co-Director
 
Noreen is presently co-director of the Salem Lutheran Church 
Praise Team. She has been a member of Salem Lutheran Church since 2011. Noreen grew up on a farm near Sharon, ND and was the church organist in a little country church at age 13.  When she was in high school she would play for the service in her church and then ride with the Pastor to the town church and sing in their choir.  Singing solos and performing in small groups all over the community was a passion she shared with some great friends.  After college, Noreen taught in Clinton, MN, Sand Point, AK and Seward, AK and was church organist/pianist in all 3 towns as well as choir director in 2 of them. Music is a very important part of her life and she loves sharing it.  
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis M. Peterson, Jr., Salem West Manager
 
 
Born and raised in Crosby, Dennis now resides in Deerwood. He spent some time in the National Guard as an analyst, and also a combat medic. Dennis has two children, a girl and a boy. He is also an avid outdoorsman, who likes to hunt, fish, and playing sports in his free time.
 
 
 
 

 

 
Dee Dee Frahm, Salem Outreach Facilitator
 
Dee Dee has been volunteering at the Mustard Seed for 6 years and at Salem West for several years.  She has been on staff since November, 2016, working at both Salem West and the Mustard Seed.  She loves what she does and the variety that she encounters daily.