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
 
 
 
 
 

   

Dawn Huffman, Office Manager
My name is Dawn Huffman and I live in the Deerwood area. I am originally from Mississippi and am a Hurricane Katrina transplant. I am married and have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and have worked in the administrative field for 20 years. I love singing and have been singing in Church since the age of 3.
 
Dawn’s favorite memory verse: Philippians 4:13 and 19 “For I can do all things through Christ
who gives me strength;” “And my God will supply all your needs according to the riches in his
glory in Christ Jesus.”  Dawn’s favorite hymn: We are standing on Holy Ground.  email Dawn

   

 
 

 

 

Ruth Blum, Financial Manager

My husband and I moved to Deerwood from the Twin Cities 22 years ago.  Shortly after we relocated, my husband and brother decided to buy Oars-n-Mine in Crosby.  Before I became a full-time bait shop owner in 2000 when my husband passed away, I had a lengthy career in Operations/Telecommunications with Northwest Airlines and AT&T.  I see a lot of the same names at Salem that I saw at Oars-n-Mine!  We sold the business in 2017 so I took a couple years off before I found my way to Salem.  I have 2 kids, 6 grandchildren, and 6 siblings who keep me on the run.  I love to travel and have been all over the world.
 
 
 

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
 

 

 

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.