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 Deerwood, 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



Debbi Carlson,  Worship Coordinator


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


Mustard Seed Manager





Kennedy Niska, Choir Director
Kennedy Niska grew up in Virginia, Minnesota.  After being actively involved in the music and arts community there, he attended Concordia College-Moorhead where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.  Kennedy relocated to Crosby in 2019 and began his new roles as elementary music teacher in the Crosby-Ironton school district and director of the Salem Choir and annual cantata.  Excited for the opportunities available here, Kennedy is appreciative of the love and support he has received from the Salem family, the school district, and the larger community. When he is not making music, Kennedy enjoys bike rides, hikes, traveling, and cooking.  email  Kennedy


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. 
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.  
Dee Dee Frahm, Salem Outreach Manager/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.