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 Tana Helleksen 2023
Leadership & Development Chair Melissa Wagner 2023
Operations Chair Joe Wagner 2024
Outreach Chair *OPEN* 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:

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

Spiritual Director – Kelly Heidi:

Spiritual Director – Dave Reedstrom:

Communications Chair – Tana Helleksen:

11966I’m the mom of three adult children and one Kitchen Aid mixer. I enjoy cooking and baking when it’s time to be indoors and kayaking and fishing when I’m outside. I come from a very large family with 4 brothers, 4 sisters-in-law and 19 nieces and nephews! I have been involved with Via De Cristo since 2007 and have served on every team at least once… I even have experience in wearing the chicken suit! It’s very hard to choose a favorite team (as you all know) so having had the opportunity to serve on each of them has been a giant blessing! It is my desire to see Ignite Via De Cristo flourish and I believe that the way to accomplish this is through a variety of forms of communication that will keep the Ignite community alive and excited!

Leadership and Development Chair – Melissa Wagner:


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 WellcomeMemorial 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 – *OPEN*:


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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