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Voting Council Members

Position Name Term Ending
Director LoRi Morrissey 2024
Director Elect Carol Reedstrom 2024
Secretary Deb Alt 2023
Finance Chair Matt Morrissey 2023
Spiritual Director Kelly Heidi 2024
Spiritual Director Dave Reedstrom 2023
Communications Chair *OPEN* 2023
Leadership & Development Chair Melissa Wagner 2023
Operations Chair Joe Wagner 2024
Outreach Chair Jen Radke Coudron 2024
Site Selection Chair Shawn Corder 2024

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Director – LoRi Morrissey:

Profile PictureMy Via de Cristo weekend was #575 in 2012, and I worship at People of Hope Lutheran Church in Rochester. I have served on 15 weekends since, rectoring the most recent weekend. I have served on the Southern Minnesota VdC Site-Selection subcommittee for the past few years, attended two National Lutheran Secretariat conventions, and have been a part of IGNITE’s Kindling Committee. 

I have experience serving other non-profits as I was on the board of directors for Rainbow School, a Christian Preschool. I also served as the board president.  Besides Via de Cristo, I enjoy spending time with my family, including helping coach Kasey & Cooper’s softball and basketball teams and cheering at my daughter’s hockey games.  GLY&SDI

Director Elect – Carol Reedstrom:

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Secretary – Deb Alt:

_DSC5824 (1)God works in mysterious ways.  I have always instinctively known since I was a very young child that God was there protecting me.  He has never left my side even during the lowest and most painful times in my life. He is alive.  He will always love us.  He will give us peace and He will provide for us.  AND… He will always answer!  Those are some pretty amazing promises from our Lord and Savior!
My first adventure into the world of Via de Cristo happened on weekend #571 in New Ulm.  I walked into that weekend wondering what was going to happen.  Especially after I saw my husband come home after his weekend – a changed man.  I left that Sunday night flying high in the sky and in His love!   I didn’t wait a second, and I was ready to serve.  I served on the kitchen team that very next weekend.  I loved watching the weekenders faces when they walked into Agape.   Since then I have served as a team member on the kitchen team and the palanca team, been the printer on 4th day, have served as table leader in the rollo room, been an assistant rectora in the rollo room, and have been blessed with being called to give 2 rollos.  Currently, I am the Rector for the next fall Ignite weekend at Bethlehem Lutheran in Mankato in 2021.
By trade I am an Early Childhood Special Education Birth-3 teacher and have been serving in this capacity at the Redwood Area School district for the last 22 years.   I love “the littles”!  Not too many people get to play with infants and toddlers and call it their job!
I call Evan, Minnesota and St. Matthew’s Lutheran church in Evan my home.  My husband, Dan and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in 2020.  We have an 18 year old son, Tim.  Tim is on the autism spectrum so he makes our life interesting, challenging and hilarious!!
Peace and blessings to all!     God Loves You and So Do I!!
 

Finance Chair – Matt Morrissey

Matt PhotoMy Via de Cristo weekend was weekend #576 in Northfield back in 2012 and have been active ever since serving on a number of weekends and was blessed to rector weekend #656 in 2017 in Albert Lea.  I was part of the Kindling Committee that helped get the Ignite flame going and am looking forward to helping it continue for years to come.  I worship at People of Hope in Rochester where I currently serve as a volunteer worship leader, Leaning Time teacher and am currently serving on church council as the Treasurer.  

In my spare time I love to fish, golf, cook, watch football and go to my kids’ activities.  
 

Spiritual Director – Kelly Heidi:

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Spiritual Director – Dave Reedstrom:

Dave Reedstrom.pngOn January 21, 1953, I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, where my father served during the Korean Conflict. They brought me home to Rapidan, Minnesota, when I was about a year old. I grew up in Lake Crystal as the oldest of five siblings. Ironically, I moved my family back to Rapidan, where my children were the fifth generation raised on land that my great grandfather homesteaded in 1884.

I grew up in Lake Crystal, MN graduating from LC High School in 1971 and attended the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus from where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science in 1975. I began my career with the U.S. Federal Government in 1974 as a soil scientist. In 1982, I switched careers within USDA into the field of Human Resources Management. Staying in Human Resources, work for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in St. Paul, Minnesota, and USDA, Food and Inspection Service, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and retired in 2008 after 34 ½ years of service. I didn’t really retire because I joined with a friend to establish Disability Planning Specialists where we provide information and support to parents and families on the need to protect any governmental benefits for their loved ones with a disability.

I completely changed my mind about retirement when, in 2019, I became a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, expecting to graduate this spring. While attending seminary, I have been serving as Vicar at Calvary Lutheran Church, in Rapidan, MN, since 2019, where, after graduation and ordination, I hope to be Calvary’s Pastor.

I’ve been married to Carol, my high school sweetheart and best friend for over 46 years, father of three children, Vicki, and Drew, live in Mankato, and Kyle lives in North Mankato with his wife Jessica with their four beautiful children. Jess, who has spent the last five years battling metastatic breast cancer, and Kyle are the strongest people I know. Other than my family, the second love of my life was my vineyard, where for 15 years, I sold grapes commercially to Morgan Creek and Indian Island Wineries.

I began my Via De Cristo life in November 2008 with weekend #514 at Zion Lutheran Church, Lake Crystal, MN. Ierved as Rector in November 2011 for weekend #570, New Ulm, MN and for Co-ed Weekend #600, November 2013, in Waseca, Minnesota. I have served on various teams for fourteen different weekends from 2009 to 2019.

 

Communications Chair – *OPEN*

 

Leadership and Development Chair – Melissa Wagner:

Missy WagnerMelissa Wagner lives with Joe and two dogs named Cain and Abel on the farm she grew up on outside Lake Crystal, MN. They have three grown children who all live in Minneapolis and the world’s smartest, cutest grandson who was born in 2020.  Melissa became a Cursillista at Weekend #390 at Community Lutheran in Geneva, MN in 2002. She has been active in Via de Cristo ever since. She was an overall Rectora in 2013 and served as the Southern Director and helped support the formation of the Ignite Secretariat. In her free time, she is a Licensed Social Worker and works as a Special Education Coordinator serving area school districts around the St. Peter area. 

Operations Chair – Joe Wagner:

82962494_2544369175843475_5160440542294704128_nMy wife Melissa and I live on a farm outside Lake Crystal where we raised our three children who are now grown and off on their own. I work as the Building and Grounds Supervisor for the Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial School District. God met me where I was at when I came to weekend #429 in March 2004. The weekend changed the direction of my life. Since then, I have served on more than 25 VdC weekends in whatever capacity needed, primarily music, as I was inspired to learn to play the guitar after my weekend. I have also served on the State Council in Operations when the trailer was still being shared with the North and Metro. I will continue to serve in any area needed to promote this ministry.

Outreach Chair – Jen Radke Coudron:

 

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Site Selection Chair – Shawn Corder:

13403101_1333920989969786_1100866600314358630_oI have been a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Redwood Falls since 1995 and also a member of the church choir since then. I do volunteer work at Ruby’s Pantry for the past 5+ years, and I’m an Assistant Scout Master for the past 3+ years here in Redwood. We recently acquired 2 teenage brothers that are now living with us, so I’m getting acquainted with my 2 new Goliath’s, so the tally is up to 8 children. I am self-employed for 18 years doing I.T. stuff that most folks don’t understand, and really enjoy campfires with grilling dinner outside. My weekend was in 2013 and I’ve served on 8 teams, including Assistant Rector in the kitchen and Assistant Rector in the rollo room.

   

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