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A little background information might be helpful in getting to know me. I have lived in Minnesota all my life. I was born and lived most of my life in Saint Paul. My family was a middle class household. My father worked as a school social worker and my mother was a housewife. I grew up with 3 brothers, two older and one younger. Currently, only my younger sibling and I are still alive. I am single and have no children. However, I have 7 nieces and nephews and 12 great nieces and nephews with a great-great on the way. The role of Auntie Cheryl is one that I have thoroughly relished over the years.
God has blessed me with two careers. My first career was in law enforcement working as a police officer then sergeant for St. Paul Police Department. My work assignments included patrol, investigation and administration. I had 8 different assignments within my 29 year career. During the early part of my career I earned a Masters in Education. In the latter part of my career, while working full-time, I attended Luther Seminary part-time. It took me 7 years to graduate with my Masters of Divinity.
On January 19, 2002, I was ordained as a pastor of Word and Sacrament. My first call was to a church in St. Paul. I was there for 8 years. Half the time I was there I was working full-time at the police department and part-time at the church. Eventually I retired in August 2006 from law enforcement and resigned from my first call in January 2009.
In the summer of 2009, I took my first trip to Tanzania with a church group from the Twin Cities. The next spring I went back and taught three Theology classes at the University of Iringa. Tanzania is a beautiful country filled with wonderful people. When I came back I took classes to prepare me for Interim ministry. I have been doing Interim Ministry in South East Minnesota Synod for the past 6 years. I have worked at 4 different sites with 6 different churches. I finished my last Interim in August.