Our Staff

Pastor Abe Johnson

Abe Johnson
Senior Pastor

Pastor Abe has been on staff since 2009 and has been the Senior Pastor since April 2015.  Abe is married to Kelly, who teaches third grade at Sibley Elementary School in Northfield.  Abe and Kelly have five kids (Emily, Kate, Anna, Jack, and William) and their home is filled with laughter and lots of dolls!


Rob Ryden

Rob Ryden
Director of Worship and Administration

Rob will mark the start of his twelfth year as the worship director and administrator at Emmaus in December of 2019. He originally hails from the bustling burgh of Moose Lake, Minnesota and earned a bachelor’s degree from Luther College and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Rob is married to Heather, who teaches in Northfield and together they dutifully follow around three middle & high school age kids (Sam, Drew and Grace), but they rarely catch up to them. Rob remains delighted with God’s call from an education career into ministry. And he is continually amazed that it would include the opportunity to work with so many generous and passionate musicians and worshippers! Soli Deo Gloria!



Tim Drake
Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries

Tim was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and completed a Bachelors of Science in Religion: Youth Ministries degree at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He and his wife Jenni were married here in Minnesota and decided to settle down here after living in Hawaii for 3 years. They welcomed their son Kai into the world in 2018 and spend a majority of their “free” time fumbling through parenthood. Tim and Jenni joined Emmaus in 2016 and love the community that came with a wonderful ministry opportunity.


Susan Quinnell

Susan Quinnell
Pastor of Congregational Care

Susan was introduced to Northfield and her husband Mark while a student at St. Olaf College, and she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Susan also has a Parish Nurse certificate. After years of experience in community health, school, and hospital nursing; as well as facilitating family education and small group ministry and raising a family, Susan completed a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary in 2011. Susan enjoys traveling with her family, volunteering, and hosting students with Rotary international youth exchange. Susan and Mark have two grown children: Emily who is a social worker in Minneapolis and Evan who lives in Washington, D.C.


April Schweickert
Office Manager and Community Care Coordinator

April grew up in Hayward, WI and moved to Northfield in 1994 to attend St. Olaf College where she majored in Religion and Family Studies. She found Emmaus as a student and would ride the college bus to worship on Sundays. After graduation, she and her husband, Chuck, settled in Northfield and they have been members at Emmaus for 20 years. In that time, April has served on several ministry boards, taught Sunday School, and sung in the Emmaus Choir, as well as volunteering in many areas of service and ministry. Over the years she has worked in several office managerial roles and felt God’s calling to serve as Emmaus’ Office Manager in 2016. April and her husband have two children, Augie and Helen.

Dennis McClintock

Dennis McClintock

Dennis McClintock, Emmaus Bookkeeper, is also a fine art photographer.  Almost before he was settled in Northfield, he began displaying his work on summer Saturdays as part of the Riverwalk Market Fair. Dennis also participates in the Northfield Arts Guild Riverfront Festival during Defeat of Jesse James Days. Dennis was raised in California but has been a Northfield resident, with his wife Sandy, since 2010. He has kept books for retirement trusts, small businesses and non-profits since the last century.



Kari Engle
Sunday School, Children’s Church & WOW Coordinator

Kari is thrilled to work with the children of Emmaus on Sunday mornings through Children’s Church and Sunday School!  Her current primary job (and joy) is to spend time with her two young children, Ava and Noah, but she also has a background in Elementary Education.  Kari and her husband, Nate, are both originally from Duluth, Minnesota and moved from Maple Grove to Northfield in 2014 when Nate took a position at St. Olaf in their business office.  They both love the quaintness about Northfield, and the warm welcome they have received at Emmaus.  God is good-ALL the time!