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
 
 
 
 

 

Greg S. Meyer, Deacon

A long time member of Salem, Greg joined the staff in April of 2000. He fulfilled the educational and candidacy requirements for the ELCA roster as an Associate in Ministry in May of 2001. His primary responsibilities at Salem include overseeing the ministries of outreach.   A large part of the outreach ministries are through the Salem WEST ministries of support to members of our local communities as well as God’s people everywhere. He is passionate about ministry in and with the people of Honduras. He and his wife Di have two grown daughters.  email Greg 
 
 
 
 
 

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Connie Lou Swanson, Coordinator of Children’s Ministry

Connie Lou grew up in SE MN, in Kasson-Mantorville, and moved to Deerwood in 1985. She graduated from California Lutheran Bible School in Los Angeles (now Lutheran Bible Institute of CA) and also attended Winona State University for two years and then transferred to Southwest Baptist University where she earned a BS degree in Church Recreation. She and her husband Bruce have two daughters, Anna and Naomi. They live just south of Deerwood on the farm where Connie’s husband and his father grew up. Her hobbies are making music, gardening and doing arts and crafts. email Connie Lou
 
 
 
 
Deborah Carlson, Office Manager
Debbi began her employment at Salem in June of 1995, but has been a congregation member since 1977.  She enjoys working with and for the wonderful people at Salem. Debbi attended Central Lakes College and Bemidji State University. She and her husband Mark have 3 adult married daughters – Melissa, Kimberly and Heidi – Sons-in-Law Jon, James and Marty, and seven grandchildren. They enjoy gardening and all outdoor activities. Debbi’s ultimate joy is to spend time with her family and enjoying her grandchildren. email Debbi
 

 

 

 

Sandy Beyer, Financial Manager

Sandy joined the Salem Staff January 2011 bringing with her a wealth of experience in bookkeeping and financial record keeping. She and her husband Dave have lived in Baxter since 1985 and own and operate Crow Wing Cabinets. They have two adult children, Ben who lives in Apple Valley, MN and Heather who is going to school in Bloomington, IN.  During Sandy’s free time she enjoys quilting, kayaking, and reading.  Sandy is normally in the Salem office all day Mondays and Wednesdays as well as Thursday mornings. email Sandy
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sandy Archibald, Mustard Seed Program Assistant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Not Pictured:  Kathy Schultz, Kitchen Coordinator