Emilie BouvierEmilie Bouvier, Congregational Organizer for Environmental Justice, e.bouvier@mpls-synod.org

As the Congregational Organizer for Environmental Justice, Emilie 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 St. Olaf grad who also 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 and lives in St. Paul with her hedgehog, Hildegard. In her free time she can typically be found in the darkroom, out hiking, throwing pottery, or making savory scones.


Kelly Chatman

Kelly Chatman, Advisor to the Bishop in the Minneapolis Area Synod, pastor@redeemermpls.org

Pastor 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 on Glenwood Avenue in 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 College, Cookie Cart, Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Harrison Neighborhood Association, and the Wheat Ridge Foundation.

Kelly is married to Cheryl, Executive Vice President at Concordia University.


Jeni Huff

Jeni Huff, Communications & Events Coordinator, 612-230-3300, j.huff@mpls-synod.org

Jeni has served in various capacities at the Minneapolis Area Synod office since July 2013. She began as an intern, transitioned to Administrative Assistant, then Communications Coordinator, and in June 2016, Jeni added coordinating events to her repertoire. Aside from synod communications and managing the website, Jeni works with staff to plan and implement a wide variety of events throughout the year. Before coming to the Minneapolis Area Synod, Jeni served an AmeriCorps term with Rebuilding Together Seattle and had previously volunteered with numerous non-profits in the Twin Cities. She is also currently the Chair of the Warrior 196 Leadership Foundation. Jeni graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in May 2012 with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor in Spanish.

She is married to Nathan, a Scientist at a medical device company. In her free time, she enjoys doing puzzles and scrapbooking. She dreams of raising a herd of alpacas someday.


Rev. John Hulden, Assistant to the Bishop, 612-230-3311, j.hulden@mpls-synod.org

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, Minn. and worked in the areas of justice, evangelism, small groups and children/youth/and family. While at Trinity, Hulden 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, Hulden 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, Hulden 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.

Hulden 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. Becky is a Parish Nurse at both Luther Seminary and Our Savior’s Lutheran in Stillwater MN when she’s not gardening and farming. Becky and John have four adult children: Maren and husband John, Carl and husband Vincent, Britta and Jens.


Bob Hulteen, Director of Communications and Stewardship, 612-230-3307, b.hulteen@mpls-synod.org

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. Hulteen 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.

Hulteen is a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. His wife, Susan Masters, is an interim pastor serving in the Minneapolis Area Synod, as well as a certified sign language interpreter. They have two daughters. The older, Korla Masters, is a student at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and is coordinator of young adult ministries at Bethel Lutheran. Ella Masters, the younger daughter, is a cook at Butter Bakery and a server at Himalayan Restaurant, both in Minneapolis.


Lynda Nordholm, Assistant to Mission, 612-230-3310, l.nordholm@mpls-synod.org

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. She is married to Dennis Nordholm and resides in south Minneapolis where they are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Lynda has 3 adult children, Shannon, Eric and Ryan, as well as 3 grandchildren, Lauren, Cody and Brooke.


Karen Ohm, Director of Roster and Call Process, 612-230-3309, k.ohm@mpls-synod.org

As Director of Roster and Call Process, Karen’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 in Hopkins, where she is a member.

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 has two sons, Bill and Geoff, and two very active grandsons, Will and Oliver. She lives in Maple Grove, spending her free time reading, doing needlework, and spoiling her grandchildren.


Rev. Craig Pederson, Assistant to the Bishop, 612-230-3316, c.pederson@mpls-synod.org

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, Pr. Pederson 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 is married to Lisa Ann Rydeski Pederson. They are parents to Evan and Nora, who attend Mounds Park Academy where Lisa is a college counselor. Craig loves basketball (playing, coaching, and watching), lawn and garden work,  jazz, and learning about new technologies.


Rev. Deb Stehlin, Director for Evangelical Mission, 612-230-3305, d.stehlin@mpls-synod.org

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 in 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 in 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, in 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.

Deb is married to Neil Stehlin, a registered nurse at Fairview Southdale, and has two adult children, Allie (Ben) and Zak. When Deb is not visiting one of the synod’s congregations, you can find her worshiping at Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis.


Greg Triplett, Finance, 612-230-3315, g.triplett@mpls-synod.org

Greg is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays. Biography coming soon!


Sue Triplett, Finance, 612-230-3315, s.triplett@mpls-synod.org

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 in 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.


Dee Cole Vodicka, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, 612-230-3317, d.vodicka@mpls-synod.org

Dee Cole Vodicka serves as executive assistant to the Bishop for the Minneapolis Area Synod. She came to the synod from Augsburg College, where she was a member of the Education Department. Dee worked in the field of education for 19 years as a special education teacher, district coordinator, and in the field of teacher education. Prior to entering the field of education, she worked and lived in intentional Christian community with her husband and children focusing on various works of justice and mercy, including ministries at Koinonia Partners, the Alderson Hospitality House, and the Open Door Community. Dee is a graduate of North Park College (BA) and Georgia Southwestern College (MEd).

Dee and her husband, John, live in the Cedar Riverside community of Minneapolis, and they attend Grace University Lutheran Church. John is a shelter advocate and meal coordinator for Simpson Housing. John and Dee are parents to three adult sons: Gabe and wife Talley, who live in Georgia; and Luke and Sam, who both live in Chicago. Dee enjoys singing, bike riding, reading, walking along the Mississippi River or around the Chain of Lakes, and spending time with her children any chance that she can get.