Staff 2018-06-21T09:32:51+00:00

Emilie BouvierEmilie Bouvier, 612-230-3304,
Congregational Organizer for Environmental Justice

As the Congregational Organizer for Environmental Justice, Emilie Bouvier works with leaders across the Minneapolis Area Synod on earth-care initiatives. She has a deep passion for organizing leaders and is available to offer everything from practical tools for engaging environmental projects to strategic planning for green teams, from worship resources to theological insights and sermons.

Emilie is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds an MA from Luther Seminary in Congregational Mission and Leadership. She developed a commitment to faith in public life both through her studies and through her experience working at the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC), the Minnesota interfaith advocacy group. Emilie is also a practicing artist who has done residencies at Luther Seminary, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, and Holden Village, making original works and engaging each community in theological exploration through art. Prior to joining synod staff, Emilie worked for the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) doing field organizing for environmental policy.

Emilie is a member at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. In her free time she can typically be found in the darkroom, out hiking, throwing pottery, or making savory scones.

Emily Campbell, 612-870-3610,
Assistant for Communications and Public Voice

Emily Campbell is working with the Minneapolis Area Synod through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, an organization that pairs volunteers with justice-based organizations. During their year of service, LVC participants live in intentional community placing an emphasis on personal growth through deeper understanding of oppression, privilege, and racial justice. Living with five other volunteers in the Wellstone House in South Minneapolis, Emily’s host congregation is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

While she is at the Minneapolis Area Synod, Emily will serve as the Assistant to Communications and Public Voice. In her role, she will support the many efforts of the Public Voice Committee, working on advocacy training and involvement. She will also participate in the synod’s organizing department; contribute to the synod response on the ELCA’s social statement on faith, justice, and sexism; and assist the Bishop on issues of expansive language in worship. Additionally, Emily will work with the communications team to promote the work of the synod and its congregations on the website and other forms of media.

Through LVC, Emily splits her time with the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, an interfaith lobbying organization. As the Research and Advocacy Coordinator, she spends her days learning and writing about policy; tracking bills in the Minnesota state legislature; and sharpening her skills in lobbying, fundraising, and organizing.

Emily received her B.A. in Sociology from Augsburg University. After completing her year with LVC, she hopes to attend graduate school and ultimately pursue a career in the social sector.

Kelly Chatman

Rev. Kelly
Advisor to the Bishop in the Minneapolis Area Synod

Pastor Kelly Chatman has served as an interim Director for Evangelical Mission with the Minneapolis Area Synod.  He is pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, North Minneapolis and is director of the Redeemer Center for Life.

He is a graduate of Gettysburg Seminary, Gettysburg, Pa., and has served as a leader at various levels throughout the church. He served for five years as director for Youth Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has been a distinguished church leader in Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, Pastor Kelly recently served on boards for Camp Amnicon, Aeon Housing Development, Gustavus Adolphus College, Cookie Cart, Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Harrison Neighborhood Association, and the Wheat Ridge Foundation.

Grace Corbin612-230-3300,,
Project Associate

As Program Associate for the Minneapolis Area Synod, Grace Corbin works with the organizing department on the Environmental Justice team and the administrative team. She is passionate about environmental justice and is excited to learn more about the specific tools of community organizing.

Grace is a volunteer through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps program. This program, operating in 13 cities, places young adults in different non-profit organizations for one year where they serve full time, developing their skills and building connections.

Grace graduated from Augsburg University in the spring of 2017 with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry and a minor in Peace and Global Studies. She grew up in the ELCA; her father, Craig Corbin, is a pastor in Arizona. During her time at Augsburg University she was active in Campus Ministry, Student Government, and the Augsburg music department by singing in the choir.

Grace enjoys spending her free time in nature, reading, being active, and being with loved ones. She plans to pursue seminary within the next couple of years.

Jeni Huff, 612-230-3300,
Events and Website Coordinator

Jeni Huff has worked at the synod since the summer 2013. She began as an administrative and communications intern and then joined staff permanently as the Communications Coordinator in 2014. Jeni added event coordination to her repertoire in the summer of 2016. She currently works part time at the synod office as Events and Website Coordinator.

She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology. Before coming to the Minneapolis Area Synod, Jeni served an AmeriCorps term at Rebuilding Together Seattle and has volunteered with many non-profit organizations in the Minneapolis area. Jeni attends Vision of Glory Lutheran Church, Plymouth (AFLC). In her free time, she enjoys doing puzzles, scrapbooking, and reading. She dreams of having an alpaca farm someday.

Rev. John Hulden, 612-230-3311,
Assistant to the Bishop

Pastor John Hulden joined the Minneapolis Area Synod staff as Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Support on December 1, 2012. Before that, he served for 16 years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN. and worked in the areas of justice, evangelism, small groups and children/youth/and family. While at Trinity, John created a program to support first call pastors and their congregations in both the Northwestern Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota Synods.

After graduating from Luther Seminary in 1987, John began his first call into parish ministry at a small congregation on the east side of St. Paul. In the course of his 10 years on the east side, his call grew from a one congregation to two, and finally to a three-point parish. While serving the three congregations, John initiated youth ministry and outreach programs in the working-class neighborhoods, including Summer Program for Kids, Music on the Blacktop, and Worship in the Park. Trained in congregational-based organizing, he also worked as a conflict mediator for the Saint Paul Area Synod during that time.

John grew up in four US time zones, fell in love with his wife Becky at Concordia College, and loves to go back to Northwest Montana any chance he gets.

Bob Hulteen, 612-230-3307,
Director of Communications and Stewardship

Bob Hulteen serves as the director of communications and stewardship in the Minneapolis Area Synod. He coordinates communication from the synod and coordinates stewardship in and from congregations. He also provides staff support for the EcoFaith Network MPLS, Hunger, Stewardship, and Public Voice committees of the synod, as well as supporting the Finance and Reference and Counsel committees. He represents the bishop on the Lutheran Advocacy—Minnesota policy board. Bob has previously served as associate editor of Sojourners magazine, director of communications for Interfaith Worker Justice (a national faith-and-workplace organization in Chicago), organizing director for TakeAction Minnesota, and editor of MetroLutheran newspaper.

Bob is a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.

Peg Ihinger, 612-230-3308,
Assistant to Candidacy, Peer Groups, and Office Administration

Peg Ihinger serves as Assistant for Candidacy, Peer Groups, and Office Administration. Ihinger supports the Rev. John Hulden, assistant to the bishop, in shepherding candidates for ordination and Christian public leadership through the appropriate processes, as well as coordinating peer group activities for the synod. She also works with Dee Cole Vodicka, executive assistant to the bishop, on administrative duties.
Peg, a graduate of St. Olaf College, previously served as a legal secretary for 23 years. She has also served as a volunteer for a national nonprofit organization and published two novels — Emerald House Rising and The Wild Swans.  She is a member of Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, South Minneapolis.

Lynda Nordholm, 612-230-3310,
Assistant to Mission

Lynda Nordholm serves as assistant to mission in the Minneapolis Area Synod. Lynda is primarily responsible for assisting new and renewing ministries, cultural and ethnic-specific ministries, as well as local and global partnerships. Lynda worked in both non-profit and community education areas prior to entering into more than 25 years of service within the ELCA to congregation, region, churchwide and now synod.

Lynda is a graduate of Augsburg College and a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.

Karen Ohm, 612-230-3309,
Director of Roster and Call Process

As Director of Roster and Call Process, Karen Ohm’s responsibilities include managing all rostered ministers’ records; providing materials for congregational call committees, individuals, and staff members; working with First Call Theological Education; and maintaining and updating the database.

A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, she spent her career serving several Minneapolis Area Synod congregations as parish secretary. Most recently, she was the membership and data systems manager at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Hopkins.

Karen was on synod staff previously, from 1996 to 2004, first as mission and stewardship secretary, community secretary, and then, for several years, as roster and call process administrator, before moving to England for three years.  She spends her free time reading, doing needlework, and spoiling her grandchildren. She is a member of St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Plymouth.

Rev. Craig Pederson, 612-230-3316,
Assistant to the Bishop

The Rev. Craig Pederson joined the Minneapolis Area Synod staff in February 2015 as Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Vitality. He received a B.A. in sociology and music from Gustavus Adolphus College and his M.Div. from Luther Seminary. He has previously served at All Saints Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Northeast Minneapolis, and Grace Lutheran Church, Northeast Minneapolis. In his last call, Craig oversaw the consolidation of three Lutheran congregations and the development of the Grace Center for Community Life, which houses a number of religious, educational and community programs.

Craig loves basketball (playing, coaching, and watching), lawn and garden work,  jazz, and learning about new technologies.

Rev. Deb Stehlin, 612-230-3305,
Director for Evangelical Mission

The Rev. Deb Stehlin began her career in corporate public relations, and was Director of Communications for International Dairy Queen. She discovered grace when a friend invited her to Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield, where she eventually served as Christian education director. That led her to Luther Seminary, where she received her M. Div. degree in 2003. Her first call was to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, where she concentrated her efforts on social justice and confirmation ministry. In 2007, Shepherd of the Valley sent her out to start a new mission church, Light of the World Lutheran Church, Farmington. As Director of Evangelical Mission, Deb works with new and renewing congregations and is a resource to all congregations who seek to learn new ways of being in mission.

When Deb is not visiting one of the synod’s congregations, you can find her worshiping at Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Minneapolis.

Greg Triplett, 612-230-3315,

Greg Triplett started working at the Minneapolis Area Synod in July 2012 along with his wife Susan, both of whom co-manage the accounting for the synod. Before working at the synod, Greg was self-employed providing accounting and financial management services to a variety of both for profit businesses and non-profit organizations. Greg works at the synod on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Growing up, Greg lived in a number of different states including Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with an accounting degree and is a CPA (inactive); he also has a degree in Biology from Iowa State University.

Greg enjoys traveling with Susan, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and riding his motorcycle.

Sue Triplett, 612-230-3315,

Sue started working at the Minneapolis Area Synod in July 2012 as part of the accounting team along with her husband, Greg.  She splits her time between the Minneapolis Area Synod and Augustana Lutheran Church, West Saint Paul.  She has done accounting for a number of non-profit organizations over the years. She likes to keep things organized. Sue is in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Greg and Sue enjoy traveling to the national parks and spending time with their children and grandchildren.