Meet Our Staff
Fr. Tom Krenik
My ministry as pastor of the Church of the Risen Savior has three interrelated dimensions: first, presiding at the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments and liturgies in the church; second, time spent in the office and meeting rooms for administrative matters, meetings with staff members, appointments with parishioners, and leading or teaching various programs; third, time spent “off-campus” for the sacrament of anointing in homes, Ridges hospital, and in senior residence buildings, Mass at Augustana Care Center, archdiocesan meetings, deanery meetings, and homily preparation.
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Youth Ministry Associate
Communications & Community Life Coordinator
I have been a parishioner at Risen Savior since 1993; I joined the Risen Savior staff in 1999.
I am the Communications & Community Life Coordinator. This job is the perfect combination of creativity and involvement with Risen Savior parishioners. I love working with many different groups and volunteers; it gives me energy.
Risen Savior is a great place to work and a wonderful place for worship!
Ryan comes to us with prior parish administration experience at Assumption Catholic Church in Richfield. He has a M.A. in Administration from the University of St. Thomas and prior to parish administration worked in the field of industrial safety with DuPont and as a firefighter and emergency manager for the Tama County government in Iowa.
Ryan and his wife, Meg, live in Burnsville with their three sons, Jimmy, Charlie and Johnny.
Director of Latino Ministry
Since June 2004 I had the privilege to work with The Latino Ministry of our Parish.
Being part of the staff of the Parish has given me tremendous growth and understanding to build community and learning to work together for the good of the community.
One of the most powerful experiences of my life is being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. It was a very painful period, but I thank God for putting me in this community, which helped me and gave me the courage and strength to fight and succeed. To this date I am happy to have been declared: “Cancer Survivor”.
My eternal gratitude to God and to you for all your support and love, “Thank you!”
Social Justice and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator
I come to Risen Savior with a professional background in pastoral ministry and spiritual care as well as personal and volunteer work in retreats and social justice/faith-based immersion experiences. I received my B.A. in Religion and Spanish from Augustana College and my M.Div. from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Apart from ministry, I love to eat ice cream, spend time with family and friends, and hang out with my dog Tali. I am honored to serve on staff here and journey with the community as we strive to open our doors to all, embrace the call to love and serve, and celebrate the reality of our Risen Savior!
Rae Ann Konkol
Secondary Faith Formation Coordinator
I have been the Secondary Faith Formation Coordinator at Risen Savior since August of 2015. I come to Rise Savior with over twenty five years of experience in Faith Formation, having worked in the Winona and St. Cloud Dioceses, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
I have a BA in Religion and Sociology from St. Olaf College and a MA in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. My favorite part of ministry with teens is seeing students realize how much God loves them and they can share that love with others. I look forward to ministering with the teens of Risen Savior and helping them grow in their relationship with God.
I have been married to my husband, Jeff, since 1995. We have two wonderful sons, Greg and Stephen. In my spare time I love to read, do crossword puzzles and camp with my family.
Faith Formation Assistant
I have been on staff at Risen Savior since 2005 and have been a parishioner since 1995. I have been married since 1976 to my husband Mike, have two grown sons, who live in the area, and one beautiful grandson who I enjoy spending time with.
As Liturgy Coordinator, I help create, organize, and manage the weekday and Sunday liturgies. I work with and train all the volunteers necessary for Sunday masses and also organize and manage the seasonal decorating of the church. I am the point of contact for those wishing to be married and help manage the Prepare engaged couple marriage preparation program. I truly enjoy working with all the parishioners and volunteers I meet on Sunday!
Latino RCIA Coordinator/Custodian
Latino Ministry & Administrative Assistant
I am 31 years old, I’m married and have 3 kids, two girls and a boy. I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. My parents brought me to the United States when I was 9 years old. I have been serving God for 2 years, one year as a catechist for Spanish & English speaking Faith Formation. I am glad that I can work for both communities, and act as a bridge between both, especially in my new role as Administrative Assistant for Risen Savior.
Director of Music
I have been involved in church music since I learned to play the guitar in the mid 1970’s. I got my start in doing church music for a living in 1999 and have been at Risen Savior since 2005.
Along with the joy of doing music for liturgies, I have had the privilege to produce and direct numerous musical concerts and productions here at Risen Savior.
Over the last 30 years, I have worked regionally, nationally and internationally in professional theatre as a musical director, composer and performer. Since 2004, I have done over 2,500 dueling pianos performances at various venues and most recently for my own company Sweet Keys Dueling Pianos.
As an educator, I have served as Voice Faculty at MacPhail Center for Music, as Voice Department Chair for McNally Smith College of Music, as well as a Music Specialist in Apple Valley and Wayzata school districts.
My wife Jennifer and I have been married since 1993 and have 2 fantastic daughters.
I also hold the de facto title of “Parish Bouncer” … but that’s a story for another time…
Preschool/Kindergarten/Liturgy of the Word for Children (LWC) and Receptionist
My husband and I have been parishioners at Risen Savior since 1995. We have 3 children and live in Lakeville.
I have been the Early Childhood Coordinator since fall of 2011. I am also a substitute teacher in District 196.
I really enjoy working and worshiping at Risen Savior!
Director of Faith Formation
In 2018, I celebrated 25 years of ministry in this archdiocese. After 9 years in St. Paul, I started as the Youth Formation Coordinator here and then transitioned to Elementary Formation Coordinator, and finally Director of Faith Formation. I am married and have two “big kids.” I absolutely love teaching the G.I.F.T. (Growing In Faith Together) family program and empowering parents to pass on their faith and values to their children. I also enjoy Vacation Bible School and showing kids that coming to know God is a great adventure that never ends. I am studying Spanish in order to better serve our Latino community and have done coursework in understanding children with ADHD and Autism. “Our doors are open to all!”
As you will note when you hear my accent I am a native of Massachusetts but have lived in Minnesota since 1989. I have been serving in Pastoral Ministry for 28 years, and on the staff of Risen Savior since 2012. My joy is being the mother of 2 daughters and one son and the grandmother of four amazing grandchildren. I love to read, and my soul’s home is at the Atlantic Ocean where the presence of our God is palpable.
It is an honor and a blessing for me to be the Pastoral Minister at Risen Savior. I witness the love and compassion of our God on a daily basis through this ministry of outreach and presence. I am constantly reminded of the beauty of God’s people.
Director of Youth Ministry and Web Manager
I have been a Youth Minister here at Risen Savior since 2002. I greatly enjoy working with young people as they are exploring, challenging, and growing in their faith. The young people of our parish have taught me a tremendous amount over the years about faith, Christ, humility, and service. They are an incredible asset of our parish and community and I see my role as that of a mentor, guide, teacher, listener, encourager, and fellow traveler on our path toward living like Christ.
My wife Kait and I have two kids, Eden and Landon. I love spending as much time as possible with our kiddos. I enjoy helping out with the church website, love reading, and am a huge hockey, baseball, and soccer fan.