Father Tom Krenik


(952) 698-1710,

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.

Fr. Tom's Theology of Ministry

To purchase Fr. Tom's book: Praying With Both Lungs: A Communion of East and West" click here.


Fr. Roberto Banchs

Associate Pastor Latino Ministry

(952) 698-1723,

I was born and raised in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, the second in a family of six children. I went to public high school and then to the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico where I studied Philosophy and Theology. 

In 1987, I joined the religious congregation of the Servants of the Holy Eucharist and of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I was ordained to the priesthood in August 2002. I served in the general administration of my religious community, living between Puerto Rico and Spain. I spent a few years helping in different parishes when the pastor was unavailable.

In January 2015, I was appointed to our St. Joseph house, living with my community in the Church of St. Francis de Sales in St. Paul. Before arriving at Risen Savior, I spent many months in ministerial service to the community of the Sacred Heart Church in St. Paul.


Liz Arellano

Administrative Assistant

(952) 698-1713,



Marianne Brass

Communications & Community Life Coordinator

(952) 698-1714,

My name is Marianne Brass. 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!


Scott Brazil

Social Justice and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator

(952) 698-1724,

I am very grateful to serve in the areas of Adult Faith Formation and Social Justice, as I have a great passion for theology, spirituality, Centering Prayer, and the preferential option for the poor and marginalized.  Being able to work side-by-side with parishioners in all of these areas makes my ministry all the more rewarding!

A little about me personally: I have been married since 2003 to my wife Jamie, and we have two beautiful daughters, Alayna (age 12)  and Sofia (age 9). We are proud to call Jordan, MN our home.  We love animals, which helps account for the two cats and two dogs that are running around our house.  When my schedule allows, I also enjoy substitute teaching.


Ryan Currens

Parish Administrator

(952) 698-1720,

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.

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Carmen Dean

Director of Latino Ministry

(952) 698-1716,

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!"


Mary Beth Hakomaki

Receptionist/Information Services

(952) 698-1719,



Poli Hernandez



Shandy Jimenez

Latino Choir

(952) 698-1717,

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Debbie Kieser


(952) 698-1711,


Rae Ann Konkol

Secondary Faith Formation Coordinator

(952) 698-1727,

I am excited to be part of the Risen Savior community as the Secondary Faith Formation Coordinator. I have been the Director of Christian Formation at two parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI.

I was born in Shakopee and graduated from Armstrong Sr. High School in Plymouth. I received my BA from St. Olaf College and my MA from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, where I studied Pastoral Ministry. My favorite part of ministry with teens is seeing them realize how much God loves them and they can share that love with others. I look forward to ministering to 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.


Tracy Liebl

Faith Formation Assistant

(952) 698-1718,


Marilyn Lyden

Liturgy Coordinator

(952) 698-1725,

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!


Gerardo Marin

Latino RCIA Coordinator/Custodian

(952) 698-1726,


Kevin Rotty

Director of Music

(952) 698-1728,


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Lori Skare

Preschool/Kindergarten/Liturgy of the Word for Children (LWC)

(952) 698-1712,

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!

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Desiré Sobiech

Director of Faith Formation

(952) 698-1729,

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!"

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Chris Sorensen

Pastoral Minister

(952) 698-1722,

My name is Christine Sorensen and I am the Pastoral Minister here at Risen Savior.  I have been in Pastoral Ministry since 1991.  I joined the staff here at Risen Savior in July, 2012.  I am very happy to be serving in this community where our call is “to love and serve”.  My faith is strengthened by the witness and Baptismal commitment of so many of our parishioners.


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Travis Wyman

Director of Youth Ministry

(952) 698-1731,

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 recently welcomed our first child into the world, a daughter whose name is Eden. I love spending as much time as possible with our little girl. I enjoy helping out with the church website, love reading, and am a huge hockey, baseball, and soccer fan.





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