Our Leadership

In a spirit of shared leadership, our staff members collaborate with members and friends to lead the ministries of our church.



Clare Gromoll, Pastor

Jonah, Clare & Sam

Pastor Clare values collaborative leadership, working with the people of People’s Church as we support one another and develop vital partnerships in our wider community. She came to our congregation in 2021 after nine years at St. Paul’s UCC in St. Paul. She graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2014. Before her call to ordained ministry, she worked in year-round outdoor ministry and as a bilingual teacher in Texas and Wisconsin. She enjoys time with her sons (Sam is eight, Jonah is six), aerobic exercise for physical and mental wellbeing, reading, live music, and visiting family in northern Wisconsin. Pastor Clare describes herself as pragmatic, optimistic, curious, assertive, appreciative, flexible, open-minded, valuing simplicity and artistry. She believes Christian faith calls us to dismantle oppressive systems and honor the inherent dignity and experiences of every member of creation. Pastor Clare hopes you will reach out to her to learn more about our congregation.



Kimberly Jackson, Communications Coordinator

"I feel blessed to have found this church and community, it is so refreshing to love your job and the people you work with, I can't imagine there is a more welcoming group of people around"

Kimberly has been the office staff since 2018. She has a diverse background that includes being a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. She has a BA in Marketing/Sales from Georgia Southern University. Kimberly and her husband, Jon, have two cats and a senior dog and in their free time you can find them at their cabin "up north".  Kimberly is involved in an non-profit organization that gives scholarships, grants and loans to women to continue and further their education called P.E.O.  2012-2017 she was on the MN State Board that governed all of the 6,000 MN P.E.O.'s. In her free time she likes to put together puzzles, crafting, knitting, primitive rug hooking, to "binge watch" and spend time with family and friends.

Michael Bjork, Choir Director

Michael has been a part of People’s Church for a number of years and feels deeply blessed by the opportunity to work with friends and colleagues in the  congregation to weave new threads of meaning and richness into our tapestry  of worship through music and the arts. He is very much looking forward to PCC Choir being back in session this coming fall! Michael and his wife, Claire, have enjoyed making music together and performing in worship settings and at weddings and other events  through the years. They’ve been married since 2014 and now delight in sharing  life and music with their two beautiful children, Kaarin Lys (Kaari) and William Shea (Wilkie), as they take up  residence with Claire’s parents, Jenni and Dale, in Stillwater. Professionally, Michael has taught vocal and general music at the elementary and  middle school levels in Wisconsin and Minnesota since 2012. He is a proud teacher at Webster Elementary School in the North Saint Paul-Maplewood school district.

Sharon Neuenfeldt, Worship Accompanist

Sharon plays the organ, piano and clavinova for Sunday worship services. Sharon describes herself as dedicated, sensitive, musical, caring, honest and dependable. “The things I like about People’s Church include the staff, congregation, choir, Sunday services and the instruments.”

Lisa Culbertson, Childcare Provider

Lisa joined our People's Church team in spring 2022. As Childcare Provider, she offers consistent nurturing care for infants and toddlers during Sunday 9:30am worship services and occasionally supervises multi-age childcare during after-worship adult forums. On weekdays, Lisa is a Pre-K teacher assistant at Stonebridge Elementary. When caring for young children, she enjoys watching their eyes light up with amazement when they discover something new and seeing their pride when they do things they thought they couldn't. Best of all is hearing the sound of children laughing - nothing brightens Lisa's day more than a belly laugh! In her free time, she enjoys family (including eight grandchildren and her best friend and sweetheart, Ted), traveling to new places, theater, ballet, museums, Twins and Wild games, and anything about history.



Paul Spilseth, Leadership Team Moderator

As moderator of our congregation, Paul coordinates the work of the Leadership Team. The leadership group functions to serve the needs and purpose of the church. During the coming year our church will face several major challenges, our church has a rich history and legacy over 100 years.  We need to be flexible and willing to change, be thoughtful and be prayerful as we face these major issues. Paul and his wife Claire have been members of Peoples for 7 years.  Together, they have both explored or renovated many parts of the church and the Park. Paul is a retired family physician.

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