Meet Our Staff

Pastor Bonnie Wilcox 

Pastor Bonnie is a second-career pastor who worked in health care administration for many years. She is a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul and continues to be active in supporting those preparing for public ministry. She began at FLC in August 2017 and is looking forward to seeing how the Holy Spirit is leading this community!

Pastor Jill Bergman

Pastor Jill double majored in environmental studies and religion at Gustavus Adolphus College and immediately went to Luther Seminary for her Master of Divinity. As the Associate Pastor at First, she has a variety of responsibilities but especially enjoys promoting spiritual growth through drama and financial stewardship. You might see her around running errands with her husband, running to catch up with her three daughters, or just running for her own sanity.

Jeong Lee, Interim Music Director

Ms. Jeong Lee begins in January as our Interim Music Director. She’ll be with us for a term of six months. Ms. Lee was born in South Korea and there earned a bachelor’s in music education and masters in church music. She also has a master’s in sacred music from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, in conjunction with St. Olaf College in Northfield. She has worked at several Lutheran churches in the Twin Cities.

Jane Bugbee: Faith Community Nurse RN, BSN, PHN

Jane has a Bachelor’s degree and Public Health Nurse license from Augsburg College, Certifications in Gastroenterology nursing and Faith Community Nursing-Concordia College. With over 36 years as a hospital registered nurse, Jane has a broad experience in nursing that has prepared her for the Faith Community Nurse role. Jane also enjoys cooking, skills she uses preparing meals for the after school program. In her spare time Jane enjoys water aerobics and bicycling.

Nathan Roberts: Director of Community Engagement

Nathan has an Master’s of Divinity from Luther Seminary and specialized in Global Cultures. At First Lutheran he loves learning about Jesus in Sunday School, shooting hoops at After School, and driving the church bus around the neighborhood! When he isn’t at church he’s working on his next book, hanging out with his wife – who is an amazing tattoo artist! – and serving a school he co-founded in Kenya called Daylight.

Rachel James: Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

Rachel has a Master’s in Community Ministry Leadership from Bethel Seminary, specializing in urban and youth ministries. At First Lutheran, Rachel wonders with the confirmation students, shares highs and lows with the youth group and shows the love of Jesus through local and international mission trips. Rachel and her husband Leo have 2 daughters and can often be found hiking in a state park or at Silverwood.

Shanequa Cook: After School Staff

Shanequa has a background in education and community development. Shanequa is a cheristed staff at After School and loves to play pool and hear all about the kids’ day.  She is also an educator at Prodeo Academy. Shanequa has three children and lives in North Minneapolis.

Anthony Pearson: After School Staff

Anthony has a passion for mentoring youth and helps coordinate the After School gym activities. He is also a committed brother, son, and uncle.  He also helped build the new US Bank Stadium.

Administrative Team

Dave Reilly: Business Administrator

Dave has a BBA in Finance from Western Connecticut and has applied his finance and information technology skills in both large and small corporate environments for the past thirty years. At First Lutheran Church, Dave works in the business office ensuring the church is properly supported in the accounting and building services areas.  Dave and his wife Amy have two sons and spend as much time as possible enjoying Minnesota’s great outdoors.

Joyce Weaver: Administrative Assistant

Joyce serves as the initial contact to First Lutheran managing church-wide communications and scheduling facility use. Joyce has a passion for serving others. In addition to local and state-wide missions, she served as a mentor of youth and adults for over 25 years. In her spare time, Joyce takes great pleasure in her lively role as “Nana.”

Joe Stinson: Security Guard

Joe serves as the security guard and provides help at the welcome desk. He served in the US Army starting in 1960 and then worked in the printing industry.  Joe and his wife joined first Lutheran in 1959 and have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.