Church Staff

  Church Staff  

Kevin Tiaden


I had the privilege of joining the Berea family as pastor on March 16th, 2014.  I have served our Lord in several churches and been the called pastor in Wichita Falls, TX., Council Bluffs, IA., and Wrenshall, MN.  I grew up in Blaine, MN.  It was while I was serving in Council Bluffs that God blessed me in allowing me to meet and marry my beautiful bride, Kathleen.  During our time there our son, Alex, was born.  Soon to come after our move to Texas were Patricia and Sophia.  Kathleen is an attorney and was the managing attorney at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas until our move to Minnesota. 

I first felt the call into the ministry in 8th grade confirmation class.  During one class the pastor asked who might be considering a church work career and I stood up.  I still do not know all the reasons why I stood up that day, but God has directed and guided me in that direction ever since.

While I love the ministry of our Lord, my favorite times are when I have the opportunity to share the Gospel message with those who do not know of the gift Christians have been given.  Being there and seeing the Holy Spirit create faith is an incredible joy.

During my time away from Berea I enjoy time with the family, playing various sports (hockey, soccer, skiing, etc.), study time (I am currently pursuing a Doctor of the Ministry degree), and working around the house.  My current favorite Bible verse is: "By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers."  (I John 3:16)

Matt Connolly

Before and After School Care Program Director

Hello, my name is Matt Connolly.  I am excited to start to be a part of the new before and after care here at Berea.  Here is a little information about myself.

I am married to Jen Connolly, for 13 ½ years.  I am so thankful I get to wake up next to her every morning.  She is supportive, strong, confident, great mother and I am still surprised she ever said “yes” to my proposal.  I definitely, “married up”.  Jen works at Insurance Brokers of MN in Richfield.  Jen and I have three kids, who I affectionately call: “Boy” (Shawn 12), “Girly” (Leila 10) and “Redheaded giggle monkey” (Quinn 7).  All three of them are full of energy, full of questions, full of personality and finally, full of love.  Our girls both go to school at Richfield Dual Language School, where most of their day is spent speaking Spanish.  Our son attends Valley View Middle School in Bloomington where he enjoys science and his new favorite, Mock Trial.

I am no stranger to churches; my dad was a DCE in the LCMS.  My mom is an administrative assistant to the President of LCMS MN South District.  And I have worked/volunteered in 4 churches, in the role of youth ministry director.  Not all of these churches have been in MN. I was born in NY, Buffalo to be exact. We moved a few more time before my parents landed in Bloomington MN.  My family, just moved back to MN after living in Tampa FL.  We are very glad to be back even though there is winter here in the northland.

Before and after school programs are not new to me, I have worked in them since I was 19 years old.  I have held every job in before and after care except director.  I am excited by the opportunity to serve Berea and Seven Hills academy.  I am looking forward to planning and implementing this new ministry of Berea.  I know we have a great opportunity to show the love of Christ and the hope we have in Christ, to this next generation!  If you are as excited as me, the first way you can help/get involved is pray.  Pray for the whole ministry to be guided by Christ and protected by him.  Second, stop by and say hi.  Third, volunteer or donate to before and after care.  And lastly, pray some more.
Thank you for this wonderful chance to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus.

Paul Cordes

Music Director

Paul's journey to becoming Music Director in the fall of 2016 at Berea began with his birth and Christian Baptism in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  His father was an LCMS missionary for the deaf for 35 years, and then became a Lutheran Social Services chaplain serving over a dozen nursing homes monthly until his death at age 80.
“By the grace of God,” Paul followed in that tradition:  after 10 years of Lutheran school teaching, he chose to focus on being a church musician playing organ and directing choirs in San Francisco and St. Louis.  During those years, he was gathering graduate level credits in choral directing and organ, culminating in a Master of Fine Arts in Church Music at the University of Minnesota.
Paul and his wife, Ruth, now live in southwest Saint Paul.  Berea is the eighth congregation Paul has served as a church musician since his bachelor's degree, and (they hope) the last one before retirement.

Vicki Gordon

Parish Assistant

Vicki serves Berea on a part-time basis.  Her responsibilities include printing of publications, assisting with the coordination of volunteers and a variety of other office duties as needed.  Vicki has been a member of Berea for many years and has been and remains active in many volunteer activities.
Vicki has 3 adult children and 1 granddaughter, who all live in the metro area.  She retired from the grocery industry after 34 years and continues to remain active in her community and church.  In her spare time Vicki enjoys swimming, reading, music, piano, and dancing.

Colin Harrison


Colin's responsibilities include the cleaning of church properties and yard maintenance. 
Colin has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  He joined the Berea family in 1990.  Colin enjoys working with his beautiful flower gardens, deer hunting (archery and gun), and fishing in addition to time with the grandchildren.

Allen Petersen

Parish Administrator

Allen's will probably be the first face you see when you stop in the church office. Growing up, he attended Trinity First Lutheran, went to the original Minneapolis Lutheran H.S., and then to Dunwoody Institute, graduating from the Printing and Graphic Arts program in 1984. After working for 25 years in the printing field, the recession of 2009 caused a job- and soul-searching opportunity. Combining a few job and life experiences, he started a second career as the part-time Administrative Assistant at Hope Lutheran in south Minneapolis. Shortly thereafter, he also added the part-time position of Building and Property Administrator at Mt. Zion Lutheran, where he is a member.

When Allen's not in the office, he’s probably spending time with his wife, Joleen, or his kids - Emily, Eric, and Hannah - getting some coffee, or equally as likely, watching some sort of sporting event, either in person or on TV.

Favorite Bible verse: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Penny Voxland

Music Assistant

Bio coming soon! Stay tuned.