I preach and teach and pray and lead and love to come alongside folks as we seek to follow Jesus together. I like to ride my bike, paddle my kayak, swing my squash racket, read books, watch sports, talk theology, cook food (and eat it). Colonial is a fabulous church with wonderful and faithful people who honor our life together as a congregational body of Christ. I’m thankful to be here.
EducationDaniel hails from North Carolina where he received his BA in Psychology and Religion from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He spent 25 years in Boston, Massachusetts, where he received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his PhD in Developmental Psychology from Boston College. For 23 years he served as a minister at Park Street Church. He has served as adjunct faculty at a number of seminaries and colleges, and is author of Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Abingdon, 2008), How To Be Perfect: One Church’s Audacious Experiment in Living the Old Testament Book of Leviticus (FaithWords: 2010), and Wisdom of the Saints and Near Saints: Christian Inspiration from A-Z (Patheos Press, 2014). He lives in Minneapolis by grace with his lovely wife and daughter.
Associate Minister-Pastoral Care
I coordinate Pastoral Care and Senior activities for the congregation. At Colonial we try to take serious the care for our members in all seasons of life. Away from the job I love a round of golf, talking Minnesota sports, or spending time with friends with a large bucket of popcorn at the theatre. Let me know if I can help you get acquainted with our congregation.
EducationI grew up in Minneapolis, received an AA in Law Enforcement from Normandale Community College and a B.A. degree from Bethel University. God called me back to Bethel Seminary where I received a Master of Divinity degree. I served in a variety of ministries here at Colonial Church from Youth Ministry to Missions and now Pastoral Care.
Minister For Children & Families
At Colonial, I am privileged to spend time with children, infants through 5th grade. I am blessed to work together with families as we share faith with our children. I love Jesus and I love kids! I am a Minnesotan living in St.Paul with my husband (Paul), and two children (Rhoda and Ricky).
Marie received a B.S. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Bethel University in 2003. She graduated from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M. Div. in 2006. She has served in full time ministry in the areas of youth and children at three churches, Christ Community Church in Wheaton, IL; St. Mary Magdalene Lutheran in Savage, MN; and now at Colonial.
Minister of Youth & Missional Engagement
I serve both our youth and mission ministries here at Colonial. I believe that Jesus followers are meant to be a blessing to all people, in all nations, and all generations. God still has work for us to do and I’m thrilled to go on the journey with the Colonial community. I married my best friend, Becca, and we love to camp, kayak, go to concerts, and spend time with our dogs. I’m also a big fan of nerdy books, Olympic weightlifting, and collecting vinyls.
Carter received his Bachelor’s in Business and Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas and his M.Div. in Intercultural Ministry from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He previously served as the youth pastor and Hosanna! Lutheran Church and interned at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, Carter is a partner to Fuller Seminary’s Youth Innovations program which is developing new ways forward in youth ministry practices.
Sara Wilhelm Garbers
Minister for Congregational Life
As the newest addition to the pastoral staff at Colonial, I am excited to be intentional in fostering ways for connection to take place in the community. What exactly this will look like is something we will co-create together...so please feel free to reach out to me if you have ideas and hope/dreams for what God might be inviting us in the midst of community. I was born and raised in Minnesota, but have also lived in other places around the country. After completing my doctoral coursework, my spouse and I decided to move back to MN and we now own a lovely home in St. Louis Park! I am passionate about matters of faith and justice, particularly focused on gender justice and issues of domestic & sexual violence. In addition to my work at the church, I serve the city of St. Louis Park as a human rights commissioner, my school as a sexual assault advocate, and am completing my doctorate in ethics at Loyola University Chicago. The rest of my time is richly filled by wonderful relationships with dear friends and family, decorating and cleaning, running, hiking, and basically doing anything that involves spending time with my favorite human (and spouse!), Andy.
Sara received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Women's Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She then completed a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary (MN). She is currently a doctoral candidate at Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation is entitled "Dangerous Memories": Sexual Violence and Trauma- Towards a Feminist Political Theological Ethics of Memory.
Tim serves as principal at South View Middle school in Edina schools. He was a teacher in Eden Prairie and Bloomington and previously served as an administration in Bloomington for many years prior to coming to Edina. Tim has two kids in Edina schools in the French Immersion program. He is in the third year as Church Council member and has been active in the youth program, Innove Deux and with Grow and Serve small group the last few years at Colonial. He is married to Christi, who sings in the Colonial Chorale. The Andersons live in Edina.
Michael Barton and family have been members of Colonial Church since 2011. Michael has been an active member of the Colonial Chamber Singers, and both he and his wife, Katie, had roles in Innove. Michael is the Director of Operational Risk Quantification and Scenario Analysis at AIG. Michael and Katie have 2 children, Weston (6) and Eloise (3). Michael is honored to be asked to be part of the team thinking about this next stage of Colonial Church and is excited to learn where God is leading us.
Married to John Bergman since 1965. We are Minnesotans, met at University of Minnesota where I majored in Architecture and John became a doctor. After the Navy and internship in California, we settled back in the Minneapolis area and John was a dermatologist downtown until retirement almost three years ago. We have four children, two living in Edina presently with their families. All are married and have given us 11 grandchildren to have fun with. Six of those live away but we see them often, not enough, but often. I have been a stay-at-home mom and busy in activities associated with the kid’s interests along the way. Driven lots of carpool miles through the years. We have been involved in Young Life since 1962 both in leadership of kids and committee roles and supporters. I was a member of the Edina City Planning Commission for ten years. I am also an artist and have sung in a variety of choirs along the way. I and my family have been in Colonial Church since 1971. We have been in numerous positions through the years. Daughter Megan was on staff in the junior high ministry in 1999 and 2000. I have been a Deacon, on the Council, Junior High leader for ninth grade kids, Bible Study leader, in the choir and presently in the Chamber Singers, Minister Search Committees, Funeral Deacon, Building and Design Committee, Garden caretaker, to name a few. We consider Colonial our church home and have great lasting friendships that are very important to us. We have been in the ups and downs of this church and care very much about what happens in the community of believers here. We know how good it can be and pray that the body can become an energetic place that learns continuously about Jesus and use the power and gifts that only He can give.
Jenny Buckland is married to Richard and they are new empty nesters. They have on daughter, Rachel, who is currently a sophomore at the University of Washington in Seattle. Jenny works as Program Director for PROP Food, a local human services non-profit and food shelf serving Eden Prairie and Chanhassen residents. The Bucklands have been attending Colonial Church for three years and have been members for two years.
Steve offers in-depth experience to clients pursuing strategic growth, new business development, sales planning, and post-merger integration. As more 'Boomers' age, he helps owners with exit strategies, which sometimes includes planning a succession or business sabbatical. He facilitates a monthly Transition Forum for leaders who are wondering "What's next?" Based on these Forums, Steve co-authored a book with Platinum's Jim Gambone - What's NEXT For You: Business Owners Share Their Transition Stories.Steve enjoys golf, traveling, canoeing and his grandchildren — but not in that order of importance!
My family and I (husband David Engelbert and kids Jacob and Anja) joined Colonial in 2014. We feel embraced by this community of faith, through God’s grace, and are eager to continue to learn and contribute in this place.Professionally, I have 20 years of experience working as a state official, university researcher, and consultant on state health care policy issues, especially those impacting low-income populations. In 2016, I left this field to pursue a mid-career transition into ministry (of some sort, I am still discerning). I am currently a full-time MDiv student at Luther Seminary. I serve on the Colonial Church Council and the board of Hearth Connection, a nonprofit organization working to end long-term homelessness in Minnesota.
Mary is a life-long Colonial member, with time off for college and a foray in Wisconsin in her 20s. She met her husband, Jim, in the Chorale, and her two step-daughters, Stephanie and Lizzy, have given them two fabulous sons-in-law and six amazing grandchildren. She has been involved with a wide variety of ministries at Colonial throughout the years, from chairing a search committee and serving on the Council and as a deacon to going on mission trips to Ukraine and the Dominican Republic. These days, Mary is active in the Chorale, the Colonial Foundation, One on One ministry, Acts of Love and Heartwarmers, and is privileged to serve on the ReForming Leadership Team. Mary recently retired from a career in marketing communications, most recently at the University of St. Thomas.
Kristin Geer lives in Edina with her husband Brad and their 9-year-old daughter, Gabriella. She has been a member of Colonial Church for ten years and served as a member of the mission team to Burundi. Kristin was involved in both rounds of Innové, and also serves in both children’s ministry and Families Moving Forward. This past year, Kristin received her Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University and currently works as the Managing Director of Marketing & Global Development for Bleachr, a Minneapolis company that develops specialized apps for sports teams, leagues, tournaments, and events. Clients include Tennis Canada’s Rogers Cup, the Citi Open, the Western & Southern Cincinnati Open, Syracuse University and several minor league baseball teams including the St. Paul Saints. A three-time Emmy-award winning journalist, Kristin’s background includes spending 15 years as an investigative reporter before launching her own television production studio, producing syndicated programs such as Kent Hrbek Outdoors, the Gopher Coaches Shows, and Blueprint for Green. During that time, she also created video strategies for some of the world’s largest brands including Cargill, 3M, & Toto USA. An ovarian cancer survivor, Kristin also served as the Executive Director of the Cancurables Foundation, an all-volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit organization to raise money for cancer research, with a specific mission of funding the development of cancer vaccines for prevention, and standardized tests for earlier detection. Kristin would love to connect with you to discuss your thoughts about the ReForming process at Colonial and looks forward to hearing your vision for our church’s future. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-760-0806.
My husband, Rick, and I were married at Colonial and have two children, Leah 5 and Nathan 2. I have been an elementary teacher for over ten years. I have been attending Colonial for the past seven years. During my years with the church, I have worked in children’s ministry with nursery and preschool age children.
I'm Lauren Haveman. I am married to the incredible Kelly Bergmann and we have two wonderful kids: Nora (3.5 years) and Micah (1.5 years). You may know our kids as the ones running through the coat racks after church each Sunday! I am a physician in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Allina Richfield Clinic and our family lives in Minneapolis. My husband and I have been members of Colonial for the past 7 years. Even though Kelly and I are both originally from the area, we found Colonial when we moved back to MN for our residencies in 2010. This is the church where we got married and where our kids were baptized. We are lucky to worship here with my parents as well!
I cannot remember when it was that my mother brought our family to colonial. I was confirmed at Colonial in 1993. I was a member of the media group that would edit Sunday morning services. I have also been a member of UEC, the Outreach and Adult Education boards. I have been coming ever since then. I had my graduation party in hearth room and was married to my wife Kellie in the sanctuary. I was born and raised in Bloomington. I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Urban Studies, concentrating in Public Administration and Community Economic Development from Augsburg University. I have been awarded two humanitarian awards: most recently Marian Christian Justice Award. I was elected President and Chair of the West Bank Community for two terms at Augsburg College. I was a 2005/2006 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Gothenburg, Sweden. While in Sweden, I studied International Business and learned more about service above self. As the First District City Council Member for Bloomington, I represent the southeast corner of the city. I serve on various committees: • Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department’s Pension Committee • Metro Alliance for Healthy Families – Chair of Fundraising Committee • Bloomington Sustainability Coalition. I am a member of my Bloomington Noon Rotary club. Professionally, I have over 10 years of experience in planning managing analysis of human resources now with Assurant. As the former President for Toast of the West Toastmaster’s club, I was recipient of International Speech contest award. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to Twins games on the radio next to a fire up north with my wife Kellie. We use the time to relax and explore our varied Minnesota Parks and Trails. I use the time to plan out our cooking adventures.
Practice Areas Business and Corporate Law Complex Investigations Family-Owned Business Corporate and Business Franchise & Distribution Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity Professional Activities American Bar Association, Business Law section, Forum Committee on Franchising section, member Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, past chair; Planning Committee & chair; Community Relations Committee, past chair Hennepin County Bar Association Education University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., with honors University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa Phi Kappa Phi Amherst College Bruce Mooty represents and counsels public and private companies in a wide variety of industries. Relevant Experience • Represents buyers and sellers in numerous acquisitions, mergers and divestitures in the restaurant, manufacturing, sports, entertainment, transportation, real estate development, computer, water conditioning, musical instrument, and retail merchandising industries, as well as other industries • Represented the buyer in the acquisition of the Minnesota Timberwolves professional basketball team • Represented the seller in the sale of the Minnesota Vikings professional football team • Represented the Joint Legislative Committee in the investigation of the 35-W bridge collapse • Represents franchisors in the purchase of multi-state, multi-store franchises • Represented developers in private placement syndications • Regularly counsels clients as outside general counsel on key business decisions • Regularly negotiates agreements that achieve clients’ business goals • Represents religious institutions in various real estate, employment, and governance matters Business and Trustee Experience • Chief Executive Officer and board member of a utility company and real estate related entities • Trustee for many revocable and irrevocable trusts and foundations • Board member for various business entities • Former Chair and Managing Partner of Gray Plant Mooty Publications • “The U Never Rests,” Minnesota, May/June 2009 • “Path out of Crisis is through the U,” Minnesota, January/February 2009 • “Keeping The Beacon Bright,” Minnesota, November/December 2008 • “Batting Cleanup,” Minnesota, September/October 2008 • “Potential Liability Hot Spots,” Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Honors and Distinctions • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013-2018 • “Minnesota Super Lawyer®,” Thomson/Reuters, 1990s-2017 • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014-2017 • Top 10 Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers in Minnesota, Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine • Named a “Distinguished Alumni” by University of Minnesota Law School • “Regents Awards,” University of Minnesota Community Involvement • C. Charles Jackson Foundation, Board member • Civic Caucus, board member • Colonial Church of Edina, past Senior Deacon, Executive Committee and Council Member • Edina A Better Chance (ABC) Foundation, past president • Edina School District #273, chair of two successful School Bond Referenda • Edina Community Education Board, past board member • Edina High School Student Activity Advisory Council, past member • Fund for the Legal Aid Society, past board member • Minikahda Club, past secretary and board member • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, board member • United Way, volunteer and Cornerstone member • University of Minnesota Alumni Association, past national president and board member • University of Minnesota, Advisory Committee on Athletics, committee member • University of Minnesota, Presidential Search Advisory Committee • University of Minnesota, General Counsel Search Committee Co-chair • University of Minnesota Law School Board of Visitors, past president • University of Minnesota Law School, Dean’s Advisory Council • University of Minnesota Law School, Capital Campaign Chair • Urban Leadership Academy, past board member • Urban Ventures, past board member and executive committee member • Volunteer Lawyers Network Benefactors Board, past board member • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, vice chair and board member • YMCA Southdale, past board member
Pat Peterson has been a member of Colonial for four plus years and is a member of the Council. She was involved in both Innove I and II, leading workshops on “Measurable Results”. She is married to Colonial Chorale member, Neil Peterson, and has three adult daughters and eight grandchildren. She is employed by Fairview Health Services as the Faith Community Outreach Manager.
I am a tax partner at Ernst & Young, a husband, and father of 2 daughters. In additional to my involvement with Colonial, I’m also very active with the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Young Life in the Southwest Twin Cities. In what time remains, I enjoy running, biking, golf, travel and the company of my friends.
Dick has been married to Vicki for 48 years, and they have lived in the Minneapolis metro area for 44 years. They have two adult children (both married) and five grandchildren. Vicki and Dick starting attending Colonial in 2011 and became members in 2012. Both have served three year terms as Deacons and Dick was an active volunteer in both Innove rounds. Dick is in the middle of a multi-year process of retiring as a corporate lawyer. As a lawyer, he has advised many boards in both the for profit and nonprofit worlds, and he has also served as a director on several nonprofit boards.
I’ve been married to my Edina High School sweetheart, Barb Loper Seaberg for 45 years and we have been blessed with two wonderful children, Marc Seaberg and Jessica Seidlitz and five busy, energetic lovable grandkids. I’ve been a medical device businessman for my entire career and am now retired from the 40- hour work- week but am active on several healthcare boards and also providing investment capital for early stage high potential healthcare companies. We returned to Colonial 3 years ago after a 20- year hiatus and have delighted in connecting with old friends, making many new ones and deepening our faith walk. I’m humbled and excited about being on the Visioning team and look forward to seeing what the Lord has in mind for the next leg of our journey.
Jim and his wife Sara, along with their five children, have been members of Colonial Church for 10 years. Jim served on the most recent Senior Minister Search Committee as well as several roles supporting Children’s and Youth ministry. Jim is the founder of silburnNORTH, a human-centered design consultancy that creates worth for brands and the people they serve. Before starting his own firm, Jim was President of Colle+McVoy, a full-service marketing agency. Jim has helped lead teams through brand architecture definition, experience design and communication development on a wide variety of brands, including Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Caribou Coffee, Land O’Lakes, Capella University, Miller Lite, Purina, Sports Illustrated, Jim Beam, Coca-Cola, and Rolling Stone. Together Jim and Sara run an elegant, even if a bit shabby, boarding house / small pet hospital / seasonal sporting goods storage facility (aka their home) in South Minneapolis.
Elaine Sloan Moen
I retired in 2013 from my role as senior vice president and principal consultant at Personnel Decisions International (PDI), a global management consulting firm headquartered in Minneapolis. After receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1979, specializing in Counseling Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, I began my career with First Bank System (now US Bank) as head of organization and executive development for 8 years. I joined PDI in 1987, where I consulted with client organizations in the areas of organization planning, succession management, and leadership development and managed several global practice areas as well as the flagship operating office in Minneapolis. I have been a member of Colonial for over 35 years and served as Moderator in 2015-2016. I have been married to Ross Moen, a retired research psychologist, for 41 years and have two adult children—Matthew (wife, Casie) and Alexandra—who were baptized and confirmed at Colonial, and am Nana to two precious grandsons, Soren (5) and Lochlan (3).
I am a third generation Colonial member (daughter of Ted & Amy, eldest granddaughter of Pat & Ted, and sister to Phillip & Alli). I work full time for the family business, Dalco Enterprises, and on the side for event management company Stagetime Productions. Most of my adult life at Colonial has been spent volunteering as a youth leader for Crash and Current, but I am also a wedding coordinator and spent time on the Nominating Committee. In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, doing DIY projects, and going to trivia with friends.
Lance and his family, Michele, Jane and Josh have been attending Colonial Church for the past 21 years. Michele grew up at Colonial and is the daughter of long time members, Sally and Elgin Manhard. Colonial Church has great meaning in our lives from the beginning of our married life, to raising children, to moving towards an empty nest in the next few years. Colonial weaves its way through our family, friends, and work lives and we are grateful and blessed to be a part of such a great community. I am honored to be a part of the visioning committee and excited to see where God leads our community next. I am looking forward to hearing your questions, dreams, disappointments, and ideas as we move through this process. I will try hard to communicate to you what is happening on the committee, but to also communicate to the team what is on your mind. For me, one of the biggest blessings of Colonial is the richness and depth that comes from its openness to diverse theological thought and the feelings of safety and authenticity that are felt from being able to question and grow in your faith.
With a PhD in Linguistics, Rick has been teaching French at the U of M for some 25 years. He and his Proverbs 31 wife Debby have two adult children: Adam, who lives in Hopkins with his wife Tirzah, and Kit, a singer-actor-dancer in NYC, who is currently on the road with the National Tour of Jersey Boys. Rick and Debby have been at Colonial almost as long as the Harrells and had the privilege of travelling with them on their first group pilgrimage to Israel. Since joining the church they have been active in the Chorale, Bell Choir, and Grow & Serve Groups, and have occasionally gotten involved with Families Moving Forward, the Refugee Ministry, Unidos en Cristo, Acts of Love and an Ancient Meal.
It is such an honor to be invited to join the visioning team! I look forward to growing with you into the plans God has for Colonial Church. I moved to Minnesota from the Rocky Mountains (Montana, Colorado, and originally northern New Mexico) in 2002. After earning a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary and beginning coursework toward my call to chaplaincy, my husband, Elliot, and I became members of Colonial Church in 2010. When I am not offering pastoral care part-time at a senior living building in Edina, I adore spending time with our two children (Elson, 6, and Skylar, 4). We live in Chaska and enjoy being outside together all year…especially skiing, ice skating, camping, and biking. I also dabble in poetry writing, quilting, and working jigsaw puzzles.