Hello! I am Pastor Sonny, and I am so excited to welcome you to our church. I began working at New Spirit UCC in April of 2018. I am a transplant from California and love that Minnesota is my new home. I have served as a hospital and prison chaplain, as a bridge for LGBTQ+ communities and churches, and in local parishes as a worship leader.
I am an openly Queer and Transgender minister in the United Church of Christ, and love to talk to anyone on their journey of self discovery and knowledge that God loves us as our full authentic selves. Beyond New Spirit I am a passionate volunteer, artist, country two-stepper, and disciple of social justice movements.
I would love to meet YOU and hear more about how this community can be a loving, inspiring, and welcoming church for your faith and passions. You can reach me at to be in touch about our church, or find out how to contact a ministry team below: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at New Spirit we know ministry comes in many shapes and forms – by the hands of all members. Whether it’s teaching our youngest disciples, organizing anti-racism education or initiatives, helping care for our beautiful building, or praying and singing as a worship leader… There’s several ways we build community and care here. Some of these include:
Missions Ministry helps us live fully into our vision of being a people who work for radical inclusivity, and racial and gender equity. Our Missions ministry this year is led by our members Jaime Lundquist, Stephanie Richards, Heather Winter, and Nancy Storm.
Children Youth and Families provides a ministry of SunShine school September – May, all ages events, and youth event programming. Our CYF ministry is led by our members Sue Jantscher, Lori Timlin, and Josh Hardin.
Deacons provide a ministry of worship leadership, member outreach, organizing church coffee hour and events. Our Deacons ministry is led by members Kay Hemmen, Paul Fortune, David Deree, and Lori Schumann.
Trustees provide a ministry of stewardship, care, and maintenance for our building and grounds. Our Trustees are led by our members Verlyn Hemmen, Karl Weissenborn, Allyson Esades, Stacy Montgomery, Jamey Esades, and Sean Finnerty.
Moderator: provides a ministry of stewardship, leadership with our Board of Representatives, and the Pastor for the community and life of the Church. Our Moderator is Phil Allers-Hatlie.
Secretary records the important notes and events of our meetings and ministries. Our Secretary is Michael Stoos.
Treasurer organizes the financial business of our church and gathers our offerings each week. Our Treasurer is Cheryl Stoos.
All these ministries are elected on a yearly basis, and meet together once a month as the Ministry Repsentatives meeting every other month, on the third Tuesday, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. These meetings are open to everyone!
If you are interested in a Wedding, Baptism, or Funeral please be in touch with Pastor Sonny. You do not need to be a member to inquire about holding any one of these in our space, or with the services of our ministries.