TLC Church Council
I was born in China during the 1949 communist revolution and emigrated to the US with my parents when I was 8 yrs old. I grew up in Alexandria, Va and graduated from Virginia Tech as an Aerospace Engineer. Following graduation, I served in the US Air Force as an instructor pilot and as a project manager on the Space Shuttle Program. Anita and I married in California and were active with our son, Eric, in Boy Scouts and marching band. I currently telework as a consultant for the USAF in CA and enjoy flying, building model planes, and volunteer at Wings of the North Air Museum. We’ve been in Bloomington and members of TLC for almost 5 yrs now and are enjoying Minnesota. I’m looking forward to serving on council supporting our church mission and getting to know all of you.
My wife Karen and I were married in TLC in 1986. Since then, we both have served as ushers and have counted the weekly plate. I have served as lector. In recent years I have served on the Mission and Outreach Committee and the Stewardship Committee and have served as the Lutheran Social Services Ambassador to TLC. Through all this I have seen how TLC has grown, matured and changed because of our changing times. I view this as a time of opportunity to embrace our changing community with the guidance of spirit and loving grace of God.
I became a member in 2005 after my daughter Laura attended the Early Learning Center; and we missed the friends we had made here. After my husband Paul and I were married in 2011, we attended some other churches, but ended up back at TLC after Elaina was born. Over the years, I have been invoked in teaching Sunday School, attending family camp, and being part of the Women’s Cafe Group. I am honored to serve on the Church council. I feel that having both a 16-year old and a 6-year old, as well as witnessing the changes over those years, has given me a unique perspective to serve TLC in moving forward and maintaining the wonderful community our family has found here.
I have been a member of TLC since November of 1993. Over the years I’ve done a few things like teaching Confirmation for 18 years, am on the usher team along with communion assistant. I am also in some small groups like Guys for God and Women in Ministry, Addiction and Awareness Team and a small group bible study, along with the golf league and past member of the softball team. I have also been on the Capital Campaign team. I am one of the first on Michelle’s call list for volunteering, mainly because I have a hard time saying no.
I have been a member of TLC for over 40 years, so in my case, that would be a life-time member. My parents, Don 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 a 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 for the future, while remembering the past.
I am a Bloomington native. My parents moved here in January 1961. Except for some time out of the country and living around the Cities, I have always lived in this city and have watched it grow and change. My husband loves living here. He was actually the one who really wanted to stay! We have two grown sons, one lives here and one in FL. Dave and I now live in a townhouse across from the Masonic Home and are enjoying the less busy life of retirement. I am a fairly new member of TLC, about 18 months now. I knew several families who attended the church and felt very much at home here. I think I have been warmly welcomed. I am retired now and prior to COVID, was looking forward to being more involved in the Church. I joined the Welcome Diversity group first because I’ve known Sandy Mullen since about 2004.
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 part of the very first Confirmation Class. While my life’s journey has taken me to various other Lutheran churches, when 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 those career paths offered opportunity for service and growth in my faith. I currently serve as a Stephen Ministry Leader, lector and communion minister. I would be honored to serve on the church council to not only 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 started coming to TLC in 2016 and became a member in 2017. I find peace, restoration, and motivation attending worship with my young daughter (virtually since March 2020; I’m hopeful she’ll be able to be vaccinated soon!). I am currently serving as a member of the Transition Team and attended both the Vision event in October and retreat in November. My daughter and I have participated in Songs & Stories, Playground Meetup & Bookmobile gatherings, TLC/ELC Community Nights, and attended Center for Changing Lives - Liberia events over the past five years. I see great opportunity for the TLC congregation to grow together in faith and community as we explore our proposed vision, mission, and strategic directions
My wife Karen and I joined TLC in 1997 when we moved to Bloomington. We felt welcomed from day one and the music talent was and still is 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 two mission trips. I was to be the token male on a third mission trip but came down with pneumonia just before the trip. This church has great people and does great things and I would like to serve on the church council to help us continue to do these things and help find ways to draw more families into our church community.