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Carrie Binnie

Pastor

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Carrie grew up in Edina, Minnesota.  She earned a B.A. in Music from Luther College, with a minor in Music Education K-12.  She then moved to Evanston, Illinois where she met her husband and received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Carrie has been the pastor of Community UMC since the summer of 2015.  Prior to that, she was the pastor of Discovery UMC (Chanhassen) and on the pastoral staff at Messiah UMC (Plymouth).  Carrie and Peter have two boys, Noah and Nathan, who keep them on their toes!  Together, they enjoy family dance parties and belting out their favorite tunes.  In her free time, Carrie loves to travel and spend time with her family.  She hopes to one day be on The Amazing Race!

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Allison Martin

Director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries

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Allison grew up in Indiana and did her undergraduate work at Goshen College. She comes to us most recently from Lansing, Michigan, where she met her husband, Steve, while attending graduate school at Michigan State University. After earning her master’s degree in vocal performance, Allison joined the staff at Okemos Community Church as the Director of Children’s, Youth and Adult Ministries. Prior to her time at Okemos, she taught private voice lessons and spent a summer serving in a Christian leadership role at Camp Friedenswald. Steve’s performing career brought the couple to Minnesota this spring, as he will be one of the Minnesota Opera’s newest resident artists beginning in September.  The pair now calls St. Louis Park home.

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Zack Carlson

Director of Music / Worship Leader

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A lifelong church musician, Zack is glad to have joined the Community United Methodist Church community. After sitting in the pew with his mother as she played hymns in their small country church in rural Minnesota, Zack knew he wanted to follow in her steps as a church musician. He spent his college days as a section leader and choral scholar at two parishes in Duluth and more recently spent three years directing the choir at St. James Lutheran Church in Mason City, IA. Zack is looking forward to continuing to develop relationships with the congregation. If you aren't involved with Community's music ministry and would be interested in sharing your gifts, please let Zack know! All are welcome!

Marilyn Thompson

Office Administrator

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Marilyn has lived in the Becker area since 1995 with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Hetty.  Together, they have three grown daughters: Julie, Brenda (and her husband Tom) and Michelle (and her husband Dan).  She is the proud grandma of Daniel, Joanna and Kaylyn.  Before working at Community, Marilyn worked for twenty years at the church she attended in Brooklyn Park – first, as a volunteer and then in a regular, paid position.  In her spare time Marilyn loves spending time with her family.  She enjoys sewing, reading, do puzzles and working in her gardens. Fun fact about Marilyn: she is a beginner beekeeper!  Her most favorite thing in the world to do is stay home and work on projects. 

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Monica Allen

Bell Choir Director

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From Battle Lake, Minnesota, Monica describes herself as "a small town girl."  She graduated from Augsburg College with a major in history and minors in English and Religion.  She has been very active in music and children's ministries, beginning that adventure at Community United Methodist Church in Columbia Heights.  (We're thankful she has found her way to the Monticello Community UMC!)
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children.  Sitting at the table, sharing a meal together, and listening to the conversation fills her heart with joy.

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Bruce Hanson

Custodian

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Bruce has lived in Monticello most of his life. He started out in St. Louis Park and moved to Monticello at age 11. He has served as Community's custodian for 18 years and has worked for the Monticello School District since 1992. He has experience working in construction and farming as well. Bruce and his wife, Ellen, have been happily married for thirty years. They have three children: Andrea, Sadie and Mitch, all of whom they are very proud. In In his free time Bruce likes to camp, hunt and work around his house.

Bruce is proud of the fact that four generations of his family have held their membership at Community! One of his favorite Bible verses is Psalm 118:24: "This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it."

 

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