Church Staff


Peggy Swalm, Choir Director

Peggy earned her BA in Music at Luther College, where she studied conducting under Weston Noble. She sang in Collegium Musicum (Renaissance ensemble), Madrigals Singers, and Oratorio Chorus. Peggy has conducted church choirs for 18 years, at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, Decorah, IA  and in Minnesota at the First Methodist Church, Red Wing, Chapel Hills United Church of Christ, Edina and Bethany Covenant Church, Richfield. She has been leading the Lynnhurst UCC Church Choir since 2000.

Currently teaching private piano and voice in southwest Minneapolis, Peggy also taught music in public schools in the Twin Cities metro area. Peggy’s other interests include tennis, biking, cross-country skiing, gardening, piano playing and ensemble singing.

 

Jay Bruns, Organist

Jay was Creative Director of Photography at the former Dayton’s Department Stores and since 1989 has worked as an Independent Production Designer and has designed a multitude of sets appearing in ads, editorials and TV commercials for many local and national home furnishings manufacturers and retailers.


A favorite gathering place for friends, Jay’s garden in south Minneapolis has been featured in several magazines and continues to be a source of wonder to his cat, Amelia.

 

NicoleUrbachNicole Urbach, Director of Faith Formation

Nicole attended The University of Chicago Divinity School, fell in love with the UCC, and served several communities as chaplain and pastor in the Chicago area before making her way back home to Minnesota. She has always gravitated towards children, youth, families, and young adults, and appreciates the elastic, fluid, and dynamic faith of our young people. Nicole believes that kind, loving, and supportive adults (parent and non-parent alike) are essential to the spiritual well-being and resilience of our young people.


Stacey Gassman, Office Manager

Stacey brings a broadly diverse vocational background to her work as Office Manager. She earned her B.A. in vocal performance and theater and her Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. She has a strong background in theatre, administration and church work.


Prior to joining the staff at Lynnhurst, she held a variety of administrative positions and was an Associate Minister with a sister UCC church in Minneapolis. Stacey is also a fibre artist, selling her work around the Twin Cities. She enjoys art, swing dancing, kayaking, reading and social and environmental activism.

 

Eben Pieterse, Building Superintendent

Eben Pieterse is the Lynnhurst’s Building Superintendent. He also works as a lead teacher in the Montessori school.

 
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