Our StaffAt Lyndale, our members are our ministers. Meet the people helping them.
Rev. Joann Conroy
Interim Pastor for Congregational Life
Reverend Joann Conroy serves as an Intentional Interim Pastor at Lyndale United Church of Christ, Minneapolis, MN. Reverend Conroy served as Chaplain for the Good Samaritan Society/Sanford Health, Maplewood, MN. For nine years. Other areas of current ministry include the St Paul Area Synod Advocates’ for Racial Justice; Justice Ministry education program, Auburn Seminary, New York; Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Core Team – Isaiah, Sanctuary Church Response Team; American Indian Alaskan Native Lutheran Association President; Native American Alaska Native Curriculum Development Team, LSTC; Navajo Lutheran Mission Wisdom Keeper Seminary advisor; National Lutheran Campus Ministry Board of Directors; ELCA Ethnic Association Presidents team; ELCA Women’s 50th Committee; Healing MN Stories Steering Committee; Ecumenical and Inter Religious Relations & Theological Discernment Ad Hoc Committee to establish pastoral guidelines for ministry in a multi-religious world; Lutheran World Federation Caring for Creation team; Twin Cities Inter-religious Volunteer Chaplains.
Previous Calls : Lutheran Campus Ministry, SD School of Mines and Technology, 2002- 2008; Woyatan Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD 2003-2008 Pastor/Developer : Ministry among Native American people of Rapid City, SD, and Outreach to ex-offenders, and to the homeless; SD Synod Multicultural Center, Rapid City, SD Pastor Developer 2002-2003; Atonement Lutheran Church Rapid City, SD ; Associate Pastor 2000-2003; Episcopal Diocese of S.D. ,11/2010 – 2013 Clergy Supply/Interim on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and in Rapid City, SD.
- Executive Director Center for Restorative Justice, Rapid City, SD
- Masters of Divinity: Luther Seminary August 2000
- Ordained – ELCA, SD September 2000
- Retired – ELCA in December 2008.
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel
Pastor for Justice Ministries and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Justice
Hello new friends! My name is Chelsea Boyden and I am excited to join SpringHouse as the new Youth Minister. I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2021 with degrees in Political Science, Philosophy, and Peace, Justice, & Conflict Studies and am currently pursuing my M.Div in Social Transformation at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and seeking ordination in the UCC. I have several years of experience in youth work and have been involved in several youth ministries and currently work full time as the Academic Success Coordinator for TRIO Upward Bound. In my free time, I enjoy exploring new foods and restaurants with my partner in the Twin Cities metro and spending time with my cat, Kiwi. I am eager to get to know all of you soon and help the SpringHouse youth navigate their faith and big questions.
Karn is grateful and honored to be able to support the mission and vision of the Lyndale UCC community. She lives with her two son’s in South Minneapolis. Between them, you’ll find art makers and crafters, competitive soccer players, yogis, runners and general fitness buffs, super outdoorsy, frequent visitors of Lake Superior, travelers, game nighters, and people who are generally curious and open to new experiences. You can email her at email@example.com
Director of Music
Allan has served as Lyndale’s volunteer Community Minister since January 2003. He believes that God calls us to love and welcome our neighbors, whoever they are and wherever they are on life’s journey. Lyndale’s community ministry is an active presence in our neighborhood, advocating for the needs of children and youth, helping to shelter and feed neighbors in need, reaching out with other people of faith in the community, and sharing common cause and dialogue with our Muslim neighbors and friends.
Rev. Don Portwood