First United Methodist Church

Red Wing, Minnesota

ABOUT US

Meet the Staff

PASTORAL STAFF

Pastor Clay Oglesbee
Lead Pastor

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Clay is 35-year veteran of United Methodist pastoral service, mostly in the Twin Cities, Northfield, and as a district superintendent in southeast Minnesota. He began ministry with this congregation late June 2016. He is a University of Minnesota of the Twin Cities graduate, and has earned the M.Div. degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He also completed several courses in doctoral level studies through Luther Seminary in St. Paul. 


Clay is married to Mary Lynn Oglesbee, a Courage to Lead/Parker Palmer retreat facilitator and former clinic administrator for two Fairview clinics in the Twin Cities. They have two sons: Colin is a Captain with the St. Paul Fire Department, and Nathan is an Administrator/Staffing Leader with a teen wilderness therapy program, based in Durango, Colorado. Clay is an enthusiastic hiker, canoeist, North Shore fan, reader and writer.

Pastor Amanda Larsen

Associate Pastor of Children & Family Ministries

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I have an awesome family. Peter works at the University of MN Rochester, teaching chemistry. Katarina (10) and Shaun (5) will attend Folwell Elementary in fall 2017. Shaun will be in Kindergarten and Katarina will be in 5th grade. We also bring friends and family to worship with us. You'll see Kerry, our friend who works at Mayo and plays Irish fiddle, and occasionally my mom Debby and sister Eve who live in Roseville.


When our family has time together we enjoy playing board games, dressing up in costumes and being outdoors. Sometimes we attempt musical jam sessions, but Kerry and Peter do the heavy lifting and the rest of us try not to wreck it. When I have time to myself you can usually find me with my nose in a book.

 

MUSIC AND WORSHIP STAFF

Erin Marcks

Guitarist


Erin is a church member who also plays guitar for worship. Erin is employed as a speech pathologist for the Ellsworth School District. Erin and her husband Ross have one adult son. Erin enjoys photography, reading, knitting, sewing and other creative outlets.

Mikkel Gardner
Pianist


Mikkel has played piano for Sunday services since 2011 at the RW United Methodist Church. He has helped with many forms of musical worship leadership most of his life as a conductor, keyboardist, and percussionist.


Mikkel has been a music teacher in the Red Wing School district since 1987. Most of that time he was the RWHS Choir Conductor. He recently changed positions and is now the Burnside Elementary Music Specialist.


Mikkel has been married to Carol. He enjoys watching his two children turn into kind, thoughtful, and creative adults. Some of Mikkel’s hobbies include traveling with his wife, spending time on the water (sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing), enjoying the company of good friends.

Kim Cory
Music Director

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Kim Cory has been a lifelong church musician, starting at age 11 playing the organ for Mass.  She grew up in Paynesville, MN, graduated from UM-Duluth in 2000 and received her Masters in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University in 2004. She has taught Music Education in Benson, Jordan, and Ellsworth before coming to Red Wing to teach vocal music at Twin Bluff Middle School in 2007. Since 2011, she has been the Director of Music for First United Methodist Church where she is the organist and directs the Chancel and Bell Choirs.

Kim was previously the Director of Music at First Lutheran in Red Wing and, with her family in 2009, joined United Lutheran & began to direct the Bell Choir. Continuing in that role, Kim also became the coordinator/leader for Worship and Praise band-led services in 2013.

Kim enjoys spending time with her husband Scott and their four children: Emma, Riley, Elsa and Eliana. Kim serves on the negotiation’s team for the Education MN-Red Wing as well as on numerous school and district-wide committees. She finds that 1st UMC is a wonderful place to make connections with our community and has a beautiful focus on relationships and the Word.


 

Jane Stone

Care Coordinator


Jane grew up in this church and is always looking for ways to serve the church that played so prominently in her spiritual development. She has a master’s degree in education and is a retired middle school teacher. Jane taught Sunday School for 29 years and has served on every committee within our local church. At the district level, she served five years as District Lay Leader and eight years on the District Committee on the Superintendency. At the conference level, Jane serves on the Lay Ministry Action Team and Elected Leader Team and also serves as the Lay Servant Ministries Registrar. As a certified lay speaker, she provides pulpit supply as requested in other churches. Jane has a special interest in caring ministries and is excited to serve as our church Care Coordinator!


Jane is married to Bob, an experienced member of our church Board of Trustees. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with family, reading, writing, baking, and watching the birds and other wildlife that share their wooded property.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT AND FACILITIES STAFF

Cindy Johnston
Administrative Assistant

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Cindy is the long-term administrative assistant who started her ministry with the congregation in January 2001 and is also a member of the church since 1994. She grew up in the church and moved to Florida when she joined the US Navy and was stationed there.  After living in Florida for 15 years, she and her husband Craig returned to Red Wing.  Cindy likes reading books, watching movies, gardening, swimming and keeping tabs on her niece and nephews. 

Hazel Muller

Custodian

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Hazel is our church custodian. She enjoys reading and is very interested in WWll History since her father was a paratrooper during the war. Hazel is married to Tom and enjoys sewing and bicycle riding.

Bill Lanigan
Maintenance

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Bill is our current church maintenance expert, and he just began helping us in May 2016. He has been a substitute custodian with the Red Wing public schools for seven years and keeps things up and running for all of us. Bill is married to Debra and he likes all sports, gardening, photography, camping, fishing and ice cream.