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Home: About Us : Our Staff and Leadership

Our Staff and Leadership


Katie Estes, Co-Pastor, has been at home in the church all her life, and seeks to make it a home for everyone else as well.  Her passions in ministry include preaching and creative worship experiences as well as education across the life journey.  She is a list-maker with a very messy office (guess what never makes it on the list).  Katie has served the church for 20 years with congregations in Tucson, AZ; Roseville and Bloomington, MN; and here in South St. Paul since June 2001.  She received her B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul and an M.Div. degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.  Katie lives in South St. Paul with her children Grace and DeShawn.

Contact Katie at or call 651-451-6223

Tom Watson, Co-Pastor, has over 20 years experience in youth ministry and can usually be found playing and goofing off with the kids.  His two children would really appreciate it if he would find someone his own age to play with instead. Given the abundance of adolescent adult men in the congregation this shouldn't be a problem.  He loves to preach, teach, and write using really big words and lots of commas.  Tom received his M.Div. degree from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1996, and is currently completing a PhD degree from Luther Seminary.  He has lived in the Twin Cities since he was three years old, and currently lives in Como Park with his wife, Lisa (also a Presbyterian minister serving as a chaplain at Regions Hospital) and their two children, Emily and Ben.

Contact Tom at or call 651-451-6223


Eleta Pierce, Church Administrator, is the friendly voice you will hear when you call the office and the friendly face you will see when you come into the office. She has been working for Presbyterian churches since 2006, FPC-SSP since 2012, and is a member of Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church. She views her roll in the church as her calling and enjoys being part of God's ministry. Eleta is a life-long resident of the West Side of St. Paul where she resides with her partner, Zarrick, and her three children, Christopher, Tierra, and Zack.

Contact Eleta at or call 651-451-6223

Linda Kachelmeier, Director of Music and Handbells, is the one clear and resonant note among us!  She plans worship music and secures special guests, directs our vocal and bell choirs, leads our ensembles, encourages our soloists, teaches our children, and writes new music—all with a song in her heart.  A composer and performer of sacred and secular music, Linda sang with the former a capella ensemble Dare to Breathe, and currently is a member of the award-winning Rose Ensemble.  She began her ministry of music at First Presbyterian in 1991 as director of the Children's Choir and Celebration Singers and has added responsibilities over the years, becoming an integral part of the leadership of the congregation.  Linda lives in St. Paul with her husband Mike and their poodle Curly.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a degree in Choral Music Education.

Contact Linda at or call 651-451-6223


Jen Bierlein, Organist, joined our staff in September 2013. She grew up in the mountains of Montana and has always believed that if Minnesota had mountains, it would be the perfect place to live. Her love of music includes playing the piano, organ, French Horn and singing. She is thrilled to be a part of FPC-SSP, carrying on a long tradition of music in her life that began in early elementary school when she played church services on the piano for a tiny country church. She has continued on that path with involvement in many church music positions, various choirs, bands, and orchestras. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner Barb, three children, and a menagerie of dogs and cats. She discovered that a degree in Music and English from St. Olaf College is especially useful in her current “day job”—banking. If there is any spare time left in the day, she finds herself in the garden, pulling weeds and tending flowers.

Contact Jen at 





Our Elders and Deacons

Like all Presbyterian Churches, the business of our church, including its finances, personnel, programs, mission and care are managed by elected and ordained officers of the congregation under the guidelines established generations ago by our founders.  Elders serve on the Session as the representatives of the membership to provide leadership in all aspects of church management. Deacons also represent the membership in the caring and nurture areas of ministry both within and outside of our doors.


Most of the volunteer ministry of the church is handled by committees that are established by Session and chaired by Elders.  Both members and non-members of the church are able to serve on committees.  Our goal is to let people do what they do best in areas that excite their enthusiasm and commitment.

Current Committee Contacts:

  • Adult Ministry – Jennifer Rose
  • Children’s Ministry – Jill Johnson
  • Clerk of Session - Jan Mahoney
  • Community Garden - Julie Close
  • Deacons - Stephanie Ross, Mikayla Eldredge
  • Finance – Lois Glewwe
  • Library - Ruth Krueger
  • Memorial Garden - Becky Finkle
  • Mission – Rex Boutelle
  • Personnel – Karen Dipple
  • Property – Miles Lindberg, Jim Vasseur
  • Worship – Jody Glowaski
  • Youth Ministry – Patty Bourgoin
To contact one of the committee chairs, call the church office at 651-451-6223 and Eleta will provide the information you need.