Rev Luke & Rev Bethany Nelson, Pastors

Pastor Luke and Pastor Bethany were appointed to Homestead Church in 2015. Together, they bring a passion serving Christ in the church, community and world. They bring a breadth of experience in preaching, worship leadership, and a passion for the young and young-at-heart. Together, Pastor Bethany and Pastor Luke live in NW Rochester with their two sons and Great Pyrenees. When not at church, you're most likely to find them at a park, coffee shop or gym.

 

Pastor Luke was raised in Mora and Lakeville, Minnesota. He received his BA in Religion and Political Science from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Warmer winters called Pastor Luke to Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California, for his Masters in Divinity. He also studied at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Prior to his appointment to Homestead, Pastor Luke was appointed to: Le Sueur UMC, Kimball UMC, and Zion UMC (South Haven, Mn).

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Pastor Bethany grew up in Osakis, Minnesota - a small community known for it's lake, fishing, and sweet little ice cream shop. She received her BA in Religion and Communication Studies from Hamline University and her Masters in Divinity from Luther Seminary, both of St. Paul, Minnesota. Pastor Bethany is an ordained pastor within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and previously was pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church (Lester Prairie, MN). Other pastoral ministry experiences include: St Olaf College Student Congregation (Northfield, MN), Spirit Garage (Mpls, MN), and a Chaplain residency at the VA Medical Center (St Cloud, MN).

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Homestead Staff  
 

Amanda Schmeichel

Worship & Communications Director  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Erika Gamradt                  

Office Admininistrator | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Pat Walsh                      

Nursery Attendant | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Homestead's Development Ministry Team

Pat Heck (Chair), Scott Heck (Finance), Brandon Schmeichel (HR), Mark Dean (Building), and at-large members Dick Thompson & Nancy Emerick. 

 

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