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Pastor Dana Nelson


The Reverend Dana K. Nelson is a 2006 graduate of Luther Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. She was an assistant researcher of mission for Dr. Freider Ludwig, director of the Global Mission Institute of Luther Seminary and wrote Mission and Migration: Fifty-two African and Asian Congregations in Minnesota, published by Lutheran University Press. From 2007 to 2013 she worked through ELCA Global Missions with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peru, serving as a pastor to the congregations of Cristo Rey in Surco and Talitha Kum in Cusco. While she was in Peru, she taught Liturgy and Homiletics at the Lima campus of the Latin American Biblical University of Latin America.

In addition to the above mentioned article, Dana has published: 

  •  Foreigner Talk


  •  Dana Nelson (2006) Dry Bones Can Live Again, Journal of Religion &

      Abuse, 8:1, 49-54, DOI: 10.1300/J154v08n01_09.  Download citation

  •  Working Preacher Commentaries in Spanish:

       Matthew 5 and 17

       Luke 24 

       John 13, 14 and 20

  • Maná y misericordia

       Manna and Mercy has been translated into Spanish, by Dana Nelson and             the folks at Transvisual in Peru!  

Before entering Luther Seminary Pastor Dana volunteered at various community organizations including Project Minnesota-León and the Community Movement, Canada’s Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), and the Peace Corps. She has lived in Nicaragua , Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, South Africa, the Philippines, China and Ethiopia. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, Tom Ososki and their two children.

En Español


Jo Ann has been involved in leading church music since she was fourteen years old, when she began to play the organ in the Methodist church where she grew up. Her music training began at a young age, when her mother sang to her all the time and taught her how to harmonize in song. She was an exchange student in Coburg, Germany after high school and attended a music school there for a year. Now an active performer and piano teacher, Jo Ann loves playing in a piano trio (piano, violin, cello). She is the caregiver for her mother, who resides in the memory care area at Lyngblomsten Care Center. One of the highlights for her is the Friday afternoon singalong that she leads for the memory care residents.

Being able to speak German helped her to get a job at Sperry (now Unisys) as a translator of software specifications for a project with a German corporation and another year of living in Germany, this time working in Bremen. It was at Sperry where she met her husband of 31 years, Howard; they have a son, Daniel. Jo Ann and Howard love to visit the National Parks, especially Yellowstone, where they enjoy the Upper Geyser Basin. They have worked as peasants at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for many years. Needlework, especially knitting, is one of Jo Ann’s passions, and she is also learning to weave on the six (!) looms people have given her. She loves to go to concerts, and her favorite music is when people sing together, so she loves directing the Galilee Choir and leading the congregation in song.


Anne is new to being an administrative assistant. She’s been a graphic designer all of her career, employed primarily at Minnehaha Academy, designing, writing, producing their quarterly alumni magazine and coaching their Nordic ski team, and/or supporting the marketing of a couple local architecture and planning firms. So, while designing bulletins are new to her, she’s picked it up quickly.

As well, her dad was a Lutheran pastor and Anne’s first job was covering for his vacationing secretary for two weeks in eighth grade. Needless to say, she’s got this down!

When Anne’s not in the Galilee office, she enjoys biking, running, xc skiing, hiking – about anything outdoors, as well as woodworking (, and furniture design. The photo of her here is from a recent hike, the second,

coast-to-coast across England with her husband and friends. They recently hiked the coast of Wales as well.

Anne and her husband, Scott, are also getting the role of grand parenting down. They are often busy enjoying three energetic toddlers!

Tim Rand has been an organist at Galilee Lutheran Church for about 15 years. He has a BA degree in music with concentration in organ from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He is active in the Organ Historical Society and American Guild of Organists with whom he holds the Service Playing Certificate.

He is also a registered nurse in inpatient hematology-oncology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.



Raymond …

Jo Ann French, Music Director


Anne Rykken,

Administrative Assistant


Tim Rand, Organist


Raymond Nottidge, Organist



The 2018 Galilee Congregational Council includes:

Pastor Dana Nelson
Abe Watson, President
Terry O'Keefe, Vice-President

Jackie Nerud, Secretary
   Barb Strenge, Treasurer
   Miriam Peterson, Financial Secretary   
     James Hart

     Darla Nelson

     Rebecca Nelson

     Lori O'Keefe
     Ron Peterson

     Joyce Solberg

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