TLC Church Council
My wife, Karen, and I joined TLC in 1997 when we moved to Bloomington. We felt welcomed from day one and the musical talent was and is still amazing! Both of our kids, Emily and Colby, were baptized and confirmed here. Over the years, I have been a Sunday school teacher, a Lenten mentor, a member of the personnel committee, and chaperoned for two mission trips. I was to be the token male chaperone on the third trip, but came down with pneumonia just before the trip. This church has great people and does great things and I'm honored to serve on the church council to help us continue to do these things and help find ways to draw more families into our community.
My wife Shelley and I joined TLC in 1992 after visiting many churches. We loved the strong family feel of TLC. Our kids went through all of the youth programs and confirmation. My daughter, Megan, was married here in 2021. I have served on the financial advisory committee since it was formed and participated in the year-end financial review for the past 3-4 years. In addition, I’ve served on the stewardship committee and the TLC Transition Planning project. I also play trombone in the brass group during special services and play in the TLC Men’s Golf league.
If you attend the Sunday services, you will usually find me almost every Sunday morning, at the doors to the sanctuary or Nave, as Pastor Al called it, handing out the bulletins and telling you that you are welcome this day and we are glad you have come. Saying Welcome to all is one of the best parts of my week. I live in Bloomington & have been residing here since 1961 with a few exceptions. My husband and I have two sons who are also in state and we really enjoy all that the Twin Cities area has to offer. I am currently on the Council and seek to extend my stay to “finish the work”. After two long years of Covid prevention and a lot of staff and members leaving, it is so nice to come out on the other side with hope and visions for a better church. I would appreciate you allowing me to continue the journey forward. Thank you.
I have been an active member of TLC since 2017 after initially attending several services in 2016. Since then, I have worked with TLC every year on Wednesday night as a small group leader and with the mentor program with youth confirmation. I have also worked closely with PACT on fundraising for Gbarnga County Liberia, Center for Changing Lives -Liberia and other amazing projects. I was fortunate to travel with other members of TLC to Liberia in 2019 and am forever blessed by the experience and the shared love by all. The core tenets, I believe, found at TLC (love, compassion, grace, and peace) are what drives me to attend worship and continue this work. I attend service with my young daughter, Liv and am excited for her and the future of TLC to continue community work, both locally and internationally.
Transfiguration Lutheran Church has been a part of my family's and my own faith history since 1957, when the church was organized under Pastor Franklin Swanson. I was privileged to be a part of the very first Confirmation Class. While my life's journey has taken me to other Lutheran churches, I moved back to Bloomington in 2017, I knew my church home would be TLC. My career has been in Secondary Education and Hospice management. Both of these career paths offered opportunity for service and growth in my faith. I currently serve as a Stephen ministry leader, lector, and communion minister. I am honored to serve on the church council, not only to acknowledge my gratitude for my past association, but also to be part of the present and future growth of the community of believers that is Transfiguration Lutheran Church.
I have been a member of TLC for over 40 years, so in my case, that would make me a life-long member! My parents, Dan and Margaret Mattson, became members of TLC in 1962. I was baptized, confirmed, and married at Transfiguration. My wife and her family became members about 14 years ago. Our teenage children, Taylor and Drew, went to daycare at the Early Learning Center for most of their school-age years. I have been part of the brass choir, the Renovation Work Group, the Strategic Planning team, and head chef of the Sunday morning donut crew (does anyone even remember that?). I am excited to join this leadership team and be able to add my voice to the future, while remembering the past.
Jo and I have been TLC members for thirty years. We have two adult children, Leah and Chris. I am a mechanical engineer with a master’s program in the management of technology (like an MBA). And to answer a frequent question, yes. I am still working, at least for the time being. Over the years, I have been involved in many TLC activities, including confirmation group leader, mentor, youth mission trip chaperone, small group member and the financial review team. I have been and still am involved as a Scout troop committee member. This will be my second time on Council, previously ten years ago. I view serving on Council as a chance to give a little back to our Church. I look forward to working with the other Council members, Staff and the Congregation.
Paul has a background in food and is retired from a career in the food industry. Paul married his wife, Dolores, at TLC in July of 2018. Together they run a private day care that managed to continue operating during the Covid pandemic. Paul is active at TLC, helping to prepare and serve the fare for the after-service fellowship. Paul and Delores travelled with TLC members to Germany in 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther. In 2022, they again travelled with TLC members to Italy, Austria, and Germany, attending the Passion Play in Ommeramergau. Paul looks forward to the opportunity to work with our new pastor and to get to know more TLC members by serving on the church council.
My name is Jeanine Brown. I have been a member of Transfiguration Lutheran Church (TLC) for about 10 years. Prior to moving to Minnesota my husband, Fred, and I lived in Durham, NC. There, I worked for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for 26 years. My work included leading Phase 1-IV clinical research, project management, and Lean Six Sigma process improvement projects.
I have been active at TLC since becoming a member. Some of my work includes serving on the Leadership Development Team, Covid Management Team, and Strategic Leaders’ Team prior to Covid. Now, I am the Strategy Implementation Group Lead. In addition, I am a member of a Strategy Implementation Team, and the Fundraising Team.
I grew up in Forest City, Iowa and earned my BS Pharmacy, MS Clinical Hospital Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy Degrees from the University of Iowa. I also have a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the North Carolina State University. Both Fred and I are retired, and we live with our dogs, Iko, a lab, and Kady, a mix, in Bloomington, MN. My hobbies include camping and dog training. I look forward to serving on the Council in service to God and the wonderful members here at TLC.