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"For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building."
1 Corinthians 3:9
I grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota with a B.A. in Asian Studies in 2005. I then attended Luther Seminary and graduated with a M.A. in Missions and World Christianity in May of 2007.
After graduating with my M.A., I worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional at a local Hmong Charter School for six year, where I met and married my wife, Kao Nou in May of 2011. We welcomed our son, Nathaniel, a year later.
Shortly after, I decided to pursue my call into ministry and went back to Luther Seminary in the Fall of 2014. I graduated from Luther Seminary again, this time with my M. Div., and took a call in Frenchtown, Montana.
Our family decided to move back to Minnesota and in the summer of 2018, I was called to walk with the people of Saint Mark's Lutheran. I am happy to be here and I'm excited for what we can do in God's mission for the world.
In my free time, I like to fish and spend time with my family. I also like to travel and visit museums and old historical places.
I grew up down the road in Stanton and graduated from Randolph High School. I was married in 1978 to Marv Schaffer and we raised 3 children Brett, Luke & Jessica in Northfield. We have been blessed with 4 grandchildren Reyce, Jayce, William and Isabella. We're very fortunate our childred live in Northfield, Randolph and Farmington so we see them often.
I was raised Methodist, joined the Catholic Church before I got married and after we moved to Randolph in 2005, I had my childhood dream come true of joining Saint Mark's Lutheran Church. Growing up, my cousins belonged to Saint Mark's Church and now I do too, and it feels like home.
I grew up in Bloomington, the third of four daughters. I went to Concordia College in Moorhead, where I received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. I've worked with children in various capacities over the years, and am currently a Special Education paraprofessional.
Home now is a place on a few acres, west of Hampton, with my husband Mark. We have two grown children, a daughter and a son. When I'm home, besides music, I appreciate being active outdoors. I like to hike, swim, bike, and cross country ski. I bought a harness for our lab-mix dog a few years ago, and have fun "skijoring" with her. I used to have horses, but have recently become a donkey owner to two large, sweet Jennies named Samantha and June. They are young pets for now, but I hope to take them hiking, and one will be big enough to ride.
Sandy & David Kutz
Sandy and David live near the church and have been taking care of the church for many years.