Parish Pastoral Council
My name is William Bitzenhofer. I have been attending Risen Savior since my family moved to Apple Valley in the mid 1980's. I stopped going after I moved out but started attending again in the early 2010's.
Currently I am the Accountant at Valley Natural Foods. In January will be my 26th year at the company.
I enjoy golfing, bowling & softball. I also enjoy traveling when I have the time.
I have been on two mission trips to the Sister Parish in Gris Gris, in 2015 & 2017, an absolute eye opening experience.
After being retired for two years from a 35-year finance focused career, the last 20 of which was in a senior leadership position at a local community financial institution, I returned to the ranks of the employed as Director of Finance and Administration at St. John the Baptist Church and School in Savage, MN. I worked at SJB for 2 years and then re-retired 3 years ago. I’ve been a member of Risen Savior for over 30 years, served on the Parish Council and Finance Council during the past 10-12 years as well as on the Archdiocese’s Pension Board of Trustees for both the Lay and Priests plans. I am happy to use my financial background and leadership experience working with the leaders, staff, and volunteers of Church of the Risen Savior as the Interim Parish Administrator. My wife, Kelly and I live in Lakeville, are parents of four adult children and grandparents of five.
Brad E. Mayer
Finance Council, Chair
Brad E. Mayer
Brad has been a member of Risen Savior since 1979 and served on the Finance Council since 1981. He was a founding member of the Monday night Men’s Group, taught religious education to various youth groups, has been a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, led Renew groups, participated in Loaves and Fishes, chaired capital campaigns, and participated in multiple other church activities.
Brad is married to Barb, who is also very active in several groups at Risen Savior. They have four children and twelve grandchildren. Barb and Brad also co-founded Pregnancy Choices Life Care Center in Apple Valley MN in 2006, where they continue to be active members of the board of directors. Brad also serves as the Treasurer.
Brad is a CPA who co-founded the BGM Group of companies in 1982. He retired in December of 2021. The group consisted of Boeckermann, Grafstrom & Mayer; a CPA firm, BGM Wealth Management; an investment advisory firm, Cornerstone Private Asset Trust; a corporate trust company, Element Technologies, LLC; an IT consulting company. Brad managed the group along with assisting closely held businesses to identify and develop their goals, to find creative ways to achieve those goals and to provide innovative solutions to their problems. Brad and was part of a group that started Venture Bank, a full-service commercial bank.
Risen Savior is an integral part of Brad’s and Barb’s life where many deep friendships have developed.
Parish Pastoral Council
Paul Pankratz has been a member of The Church of the Risen Savior since July 1990. He currently serves on the Risen Savior Finance Council and is new to serving on the Parish Pastoral Council as parishioner member and liaison to the Sacramental Life Commission. Paul has been a long-time member of the Risen Savior Music Ministry. He joined the Cursillo movement in 2015 and holds a Section Leader position on the Twin Cities Cursillo Secretariate.
Paul is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of Pilots for Christ and served for many years on that group’s international Board of Directors. He recently retired after 41 years with ECOLAB, Inc., where he held various leadership roles in the Operations and RD&E branches of that organization.
Paul’s hope is to live out the Risen Savior parish Mission Statement (Our Doors Are Open to All – Our Eucharist Is a Celebration of the Risen Savior – Our Call Is to Love and Serve) and looks forward to contributing to the promotion of its precepts.