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Father Tom Krenik

Pastor

(952) 698-1710, pastor@risensavior.org

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.

 

Liz Arellano

Administrative Assistant

(952) 698-1713, liz.arellano@risensavior.org

 

 
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Marianne Brass

Communications & Community Life Coordinator

(952) 698-1714, marianne.brass@risensavior.org

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!

 
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Ryan Currens

Parish Administrator

(952) 698-1720, ryan.currens@risensavior.org

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, carmen.dean@risensavior.org

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!"

 

Poli Hernandez

Custodian

 

Shandy Jimenez

Latino Choir

(952) 698-1717, shandy.jemenez@risensavior.org

 

Debbie Kieser

Bookkeeper

(952) 698-1711, debbie.kieser@risensavior.org

 
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Grace Koleczek

Social Justice and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator

(952) 698-1724, grace.koleczek@gmail.com

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!

 
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Rae Ann Konkol

Secondary Faith Formation Coordinator

(952) 698-1727, raeann.konkol@risensavior.org

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, tracy.liebl@risensavior.org

 

 

Marilyn Lyden

Liturgy Coordinator

(952) 698-1725, marilyn.lyden@risensavior.org

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, gerardo.marin@risensavior.org

 

 
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Nalleli Renteria

Latino Ministry Assistant

(952) 698-1715, Nalleli.renteria@risensavior.org

My name is Nalleli Renteria. 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 Unites States when I was 9 years old. I have a fulltime job as a manager assistant in an embroidery in Eagan. I have worked there for a year and a half. 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.

 

Kevin Rotty

Director of Music

(952) 698-1728, kevin.rotty@risensavior.org

 

 
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Lori Skare

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

(952) 698-1712, lori.skare@risensavior.org

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, desire.sobiech@risensavior.org

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, chris.sorensen@risensavior.org

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, travis.wyman@risensavior.org

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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