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Dana K. Nelson



Sue Malenick

Administrative Assistant


Paul Swenson

Music Director


Tim Rand



Raymond Nottidge


Cynthia Erickson

Bells of Galilee

Pastor Dana is a 2006 graduate of Luther Seminary with a Master 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. She currently lives in St. Paul with her husband, Tom Ososki and their two children. 



Sue’s been a Minnesotan all her life, born in Duluth and lived in the Twin Cities since early childhood.  She’s the mom of two sons, Zack & Jake, and her first grandchild, Casper Shawn, was adopted last year!  Fabulous news, except for the fact that Oregon is home.  Needless to say, Sue hopes to visit a lot. She’s been a secretary her entire 30+ year career, and although is officially ‘retired’ she loves to remain connected to people and enjoys staying active.  She bikes, golfs, swims and recently purchased a camper.  Visits to State Parks are in the planning stage.


​Paul grew up in Jamestown, ND, where I learned about snow, theater, movies, singing in and accompanying choirs. Although I loved music, I didn't pursue it right away, and got a degree in philosophy as I worked as a hospital aide, a janitor and a camp counselor.  Eventually, I did get a degree in music at the University of North Dakota, where I was an instructor for five years. I also found music work at local churches. In 1989, a Lutheran campus ministry to Michigan State University hired me as music director.  In 1991, I married my college sweetheart here at Galilee and the following year became organist at Christ Lutheran. Elen and I have a daughter who is now 30 years old, and who was baptized and confirmed at Galilee.

Tim Rand has been an organist at Galilee Lutheran Church for about 20 years. He has a BA degree in music with a 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.

2023 Galilee Congregational Council:

CarolAnn Hart, President

Steve Bartz, Vice President

Joan Jarombek, Secretary

Elen Swenson

Peter Solberg

Cherie Garrod

Leesa Matthews

James Hart

Barb Strenge, Treasurer

Miriam Peterson, Financial Secretary       

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