"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.
After spending 12 years at home raising our children, I went back to work at the First National Bank in Northfield and worked there for 12 years. I then went to work at Laura Baker Services in the office and retired in October of 2019. I've been working as Saint Mark's Church office secretary since September of 2018 and I'm loving every minute of it. It's the perfect retirement job.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, sewing and baking.
Caroline Priore is a local musician from Kenyon, Minnesota. She graduated from St Olaf College in 2018 with a double major in music and environmental science and now divides her time between these two passions.
Caroline works at Prairie Restorations in Randolph and also teaches music lessons. In addition to piano performances she also plays the fiddle in Celtic and folk bands in the region.
Sandy and David live near the church and have been taking care of the church for many years.