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TLC Church Council


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Janice Millford


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.   

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Michael Johnson


My wife Kristin and I joined TLC in 2021 during the pandemic.  We fell in love with this church immediately.  At the time attendance was very low but those who were here were so open and accepting of us.  Seeing the need for ushers, I jumped right in and began my volunteering at TLC along side Janice Millford as an usher.  I was then asked if I would be willing to be the team lead for Missions & Outreach which I said I would since I had experience with being Chair of that same committee at our other church.  From there I became a team member of the Strategic Implementation Team. 

My wife and I moved to Bloomington in 1993 and we both have been very involved with volunteering with many organizations.  I recently retired from the Bloomington Athletic Association (BAA) after 20 years of volunteer service where I served as President of the organization for 4 years.  I look forward to the chance to continue to strengthen and grow the  TLC family in the years ahead.

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Cindy Nelson


My family and I became members of TLC beginning in 2014. We attended services and met wonderful people over the next few years. Once our son, Joey, began preschool, we joined a different church that had more children, but we found that we missed the true community feel that TLC had offered us. Since returning in 2019, we have never looked back and this has become our church home.


As an active member, I have participated in various congregational planning & vision meetings, attended many family events, belonged to the Cafe Group and served on the Call Committee. My most recent activities include teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, ringing in the handbell choir, and singing in the adult choir. I am honored to serve on the Church Council with other wonderful people who call TLC their church home.

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Jim Benson

Church Council

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.

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Paul Hugo

Church Council

Paul has worked in the food industry for over 40 years. Most of this time was split between being a chef for the St. Paul Hotel and as a manager of food service at St. Paul College. Paul married his wife, Dolores, at TLC in June of 2018. Together they have been active at TLC as part of the hospitality team, preparing and serving for after service fellowship. Once a "foodie", always a "foodie"! Paul and Dolores travelled with TLC members to Germany in 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Marin Luther. In 2022, they again travelled with TLC members to Italy, Austria and Germany attending the Passion play in Oberammergau. Some of Paul's hobbies include traveling, hiking, fishing, reading and model railroading. Paul volunteered many years as a scenic railroad conductor and student engineer. He 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.

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Jeannine Brown

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.

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Karin Tappero

Church Council

Hello Friends at TLC!

My name is Karin Tappero and I grew up attending TLC with my family - The Dueffert's - and was confirmed here in 1989.  My husband & I live in Bloomington and together we are parents to our fur babies.  I am a lifelong vegetarian, animal lover and my mantra to get through everyday is to sing as much as possible!  You will hear my voice in the choir or song leading from time to time.  

For the last 17 years I have been employed at a local business where I am the Director of Operations.  My responsibilities include overseeing 9 retail locations - and let me tell you:  working retail throughout covid challenged me to navigate everyday with an open mind and to be ready for anything!  

I came back to TLC in November of 2021 after my beloved father passed.  Coming back here brought back many happy memories and it felt like home.  It not only helps me feel closer to God, but my dad too.  I am so happy to be a part of a place that not only speaks to but acts with love, compassion and inclusion.  I am honored and excited to see how I can be of help in the TLC Council!

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Greg Barringer

Church Council

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.

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