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 four kids.  Emily is 7 yrs old and is in 2nd grade.  Kate is 5 yrs old and is in Kindergarten.  Anna is 3 yrs old and loves saying ‘no!’.  Jack is almost one yr. old and loves putting things in his mouth.  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 ninth year as the worship director and administrator at Emmaus in December of 2016. 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!

 

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Tim Drake
Director 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. Tim and Jenni joined Emmaus in 2016 and are so excited about the wonderful community that comes with such an incredible opportunity. They love the outdoors when the weather is habitable and being close to family.

 

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 Madison, WI and Evan who is working in Equador.

 

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 18 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 this past summer. April and her husband have two children, Augie and Helen.

Dennis McClintock

Dennis McClintock
Bookkeeper

Dennis McClintock, Emmaus Bookkeeper, is also a fine art photographer.  Almost every Saturday morning (June through October) he can be found on Bridge Square, displaying his work as part of the Riverwalk Market Fair. He also participates in the Northfield Arts Guild Riverfront Festival during Defeat of Jesse James Days. For a limited time, his photos are also on display in the new mini-gallery at the Archer House. Dennis was raised in California but has been a Northfield resident, with his wife Sandy, since 2010.

 

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Kari Engle
Sunday School and Children’s Church 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!

 

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Michelle Loring
Nursery Coordinator

Michelle was raised in Northfield and has worked as a cosmetologist for many years in her hometown. The one-on-one time spent with her clients has become one blessing after another! She has learned some useful parenting tips and is always willing to share them.  Michelle has taught Sunday school, volunteered for her church, her kid’s grade school, and in the Northfield community.  Michelle and her kids have been involved at Emmaus for over two years.  They feel blessed with the community & family feel Emmaus has provided!  Michelle loves being the mom to her two children, Carter is 13 and Ella is 11.  Their home is full of laughter and of course some needed grace!

 

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Heidi Richardson
WOW Coordinator

Heidi is excited to work with the Wonderkids On Wednesdays! She loves the energy, questions, and joy that kids bring with them. She is grateful for all the kids in her life: her 4 kids at home (Annika, Soren, Maia, and Siri), the kids she works with as a pediatric physical therapist (at a Children’s outpatient clinic in Minnetonka), and the kids at Emmaus. Heidi is married to Sam, who is a principal at Glendale Elementary in the Prior Lake school district. Heidi was a biology major at Luther College and received her Masters in Physical Therapy from St. Kate’s. Heidi is amazed by God on a daily basis and is blessed to be a part of Emmaus!

 

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Kimberly Henson
Children’s Music Coordinator

Kimberly is delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Emmaus Sunday School kids in worship and learning more about God through songs.  She is married to David, a local entrepreneur, and her primary job is taking care of their two young children, Christian (Kit) and Tia Miriam.  She grew up in Alexandria, MN, and has a background in music education (St Olaf)  and ethnomusicology (Bethel).  She has spent time on the mission field in Papua New Guinea and Thailand. She also loves worshiping on her cello.  The joy of the Lord is our strength!