UEC Council Members
Allocations Coordinator — Del Van Batavia
Del and his wife Teresa live in Plymouth and attended UEC #205/206 in January of 2005. Brunswick United Methodist in Crystal is his church home, where Del leads a Saturday morning men's Bible study. He is a Business Analyst and enjoys working in the nonprofit environment. Del and Teresa have 3 older children (Brady, Taylor, and Kayla) who all attended TEC.
Clergy Coordinator — Greg Bestland
Greg lives in Buffalo Minnesota and attends Church of the Open Door. He was a weekender in August of 1998 and over the last 13 years has served as a Spiritual Director on many weekends. He serves on the council as a clergy coordinator and is an Ordained Covenant Pastor presently serving as Chaplain at Minnehaha Academy. He has been married to Debbie for 40 years, has four grown children and two grandsons.
Clergy Coordinator — Phil Schmidt
Phil and his wife Elaine attended UEC #245 and #246. Phil and Elaine have served on many teams throughout the years. Phil is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and the Senior Pastor at Main Street Church in North Branch, MN. Phil's passion is to bring Love and Grace throughout the weekends. Phil and Elaine have two daughters, Abby (attended UEC #260) and Lizzy.
Clergy Coordinator -- Mary Syrja
Mary attended UEC #164 in 2000 and has served on numerous teams since. She is ordained with the Assemblies of God (recently retired). Her passion is to teach both adults and children and to mentor others in ministry. She married Matti Syrja in Feb, 2010 and is currently enjoying newlywed life in Cottage Grove. Matti recently attended UEC #247. He is also very glad to support Mary in UEC.
Communications Coordinator — Chad Olinger
Chad and his wife Autumn attended UEC 193 in 2003. Chad has participated in many teams since that weekend. He and his wife attend Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville where they are very active in youth and other ministries. They have two daughters Catherine and Carrie.
Convenor — Kathy Messerli
Kathy attended UEC #124 in 1996. She resides in Plymouth and attends Plymouth Covenant Church. In addition to serving on many UEC teams, Kathy was humbled to have served as Rectora in 2010 and previously served on the UEC Council as New Churches Coordinator. Kathy has one son and just gained a daughter-in-law. In addition to volunteering at church and other organizations, Kathy finds fulfillment in non-profit association management.
Co-Convenor -- Cathy Colman
Cathy and her husband Mark attended weekends 127/128 in Oct 1996 and have remained very active in UEC over the years. Cathy has been on many teams including Rectora in 2003. She and her husband attend Shepherd of the Valley in Afton and live across the river in Hudson WI. They are now both retired but keep busy with church, friends and family, and keeping up with the many projects around the house.
Convenor Advisor -- Tim Powell
Tim and his wife Cyndi attended Unidos en Cristo #163/164 in 2000 They attend church at St. Lucas Community Church in Lake Elmo, MN Tim and Cyndi have four children, three daughters and a son Tim has served on a number of teams including serving as Rector in July of 2010 He plays bass guitar and sings in the St. Lucas praise band He is also very active with the youth group as St. Lucas.
Leadership Development Coordinator — Norma Lund
Norma attended UEC #98 and has served on several teams including Rectora in 2011. She and her husband Dennis attend Rosemount United Methodist Church. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. They are now both retired but keep busy with church, family, and their renewal group.
Leadership Development Coordinator — Steve Staloch
Steve and his wife Nancy attended UEC 153/154 in June, 1999. They live in Bloomington and attend Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield. Steve has served on several UEC teams and has served as Rector for UEC 261 in June, 2013. Steve and Nancy have two grown daughters, both RNs and both working in North Dakota.
Leadership Training Coordinator — Bonnie Clawson
Bonnie and her husband, David, attended Unidos en Cristo #207/208 in 2005. Bonnie served on several teams including serving as Rectora in 2013. David and Bonnie have been married 36 years. They have three adult children and three awesome granddaughters and are delighted that they all live in the metro area. Bonnie and David enjoy hiking, camping, bicycling, reading, and walking their little pup, Buttercup. They attend and enjoy worship at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville.
Leadership Training Coordinator — Mark Turgeon
Mark and his wife Kathy attended UEC #113 in April of 1995. Since then Mark has participated on several teams and had the privilege of being the Rector at UEC 219 in 2006. Mark attends Redeemer Covenant Church in Brooklyn Park. Mark and Kathy have three daughters, three sons-in-law and 10 grandkids.
Leadership Training Coordinator — Steve Wilson
Steve and his wife, Karen, reside in Apple Valley and attend Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville. Steve attended UEC 101 and has served on various teams and as rector in 2005. Since 2005 he has supported the council by serving as a leadership training assistant. Steve and Karen have two adult children, Brent and Melissa, who reside in the metropolitan Twin Cities area.
Liaison Coordinator — Sara VanderBent
Sara attended UEC #238 in Oct of 2009 with her husband, Yo (Johannes), following in July of 2011 at UEC #247. They attend the Bridge Bible Church in Somerset, Wisconsin where Yo is an elder in the church. Sara has served on a number of teams. They have two young adults, a daughter interning in Ireland for a year and a son three semesters from graduation at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. They both feel led to one on one discipleship.
Palanca Coordinator — Sandy Dunleavy
Sandy attended UEC in January 2002 at Colonial Church Edina. She has served on several team since, usually once per year. Her husband Dave attended at UEC weekend in 2008, shortly before they were married. Sandy enjoys movies, cooking, and football. Dave and Sandy call Grace Church of Roseville, home.
Secretary — Judy Fallat
Judy and her husband, Bob, attended weekends #137 and 138 in August 1997. Both have served on many UeC teams including as Rector (2008) and Rectora (2015), and also in the Charis prison ministry at FCI Sandstone. They live in Minnetonka and attend Minnetonka UMC where they've led many Bible study classes together. Judy is blessed to have two adult step-children and four awesome grandchildren. Her favorite nickname in UeC circles is “Trailer Bob’s wife.”
Site Selection Coordinator — Sue Ganzer
Sue and her husband Doug Swaser attended UeC #245/246 in February 2011. They live in Hastings and their home church is the United Methodist Church in town. Sue has served on several UeC teams and cherishes the time spent with her renewal group. Both enjoy serving at their church; Sue as the Hospitality Director & Doug as Head Usher and on various committees. They have been married for 15 years and enjoy spending time with Doug's children and their 4 grandchildren.
Supplies Coordinator (Trailers) — Jay Engelman
Treasurer -- Julie Dulac
Julie attended UEC in November 2003. She has served on several teams, usually once per year. Julie is an accountant who spends her spare time with her nephew and two nieces. She also has four four-legged companions (2 cats and 2 dogs). She trains her dogs in agility for fun. Julie is part of the UEC community at Faith Covenant Church.
Member at Large - Jerry Low
Jerry and Sue attended UEC 197/198 in January 2003. Jerry, also known as JLow, has served on numerous teams since then. He once served as chicken and actually learned the song DeColores! He was blessed to serve as Rector in January 2016. They live in Maple Grove and attend Plymouth Covenant Church. Jerry and Sue have been married for 35 years and have one grown son, a wonderful daughter in law and one grandson. They enjoy spending weekends at their cabin near Garrison, MN
Member at Large - Mari-Lynn O'Brien