Our Staff Team

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Ralph Holbrook


Pastor Ralph is excited to be a part of the Monticello Community. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Candy, for 38 years. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren. Pastor Ralph received a BA in Christian Ministry from Bethel University and a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary. What brings him great joy is when someone opens their heart to Christ and their life is transformed. His dream for the church is that it would one day unite in love, so more people see and believe. In his free time, he values time with family, motorcycle rides, and vacations. Some of his favorite places to visit include Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and any place there is lots of sunshine!

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Jess Monett

Director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries


Jess grew up in Ellsworth, Wisconsin on a small dairy farm. She started playing the piano when she was six years old and discovered her passion for making and sharing music with all ages. She earned a B.S. in Music Education at UW LaCrosse then spent 8 years on Whidbey Island in Langley, Washington, where she began her career as a middle school band director. In 2010, Jess completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. Jess has taught Music Together classes for eight years and continues to offer these fun and important early childhood music education classes here at Community. Most recently, Jess has been working as a music director at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, WI. Jess’ strong faith and search for the Holy Spirit in her midst have played a key role in her life. She and her husband, Dan, live in Otsego with their two children, Theo and Belle. As a family, they enjoy the outdoors and going on adventures to new places.  

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Monica Allen

Bell Choir Director


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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Penny Fritze-Tietz

Volunteer Choir Director


Penny has a rich history serving in United Methodist churches in Minnesota. She has two daughters, Kirsten who is a teacher in the Minneapolis Schools, and Sarah who is a Chaplain at Hazelden. Penny believes music is one of the major components connecting the theologies and history of the Christian Church. It is important that we learn, not only to sing, but to express the words and thoughts of traditional and contemporary music. Indeed, music is probably our most important teaching tool. When music is used effectively, we grow in faith and expand our beliefs.

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Janet Hernandez

Office Administrator / AVL Coordinator


Janet was born in California in 1985, and in 1997, her parents made the important decision to move the family to Minnesota. She spent 13 years working with children as a toddler and pre-school teacher after graduating from Champlin Park High School. In 2003 she decided to pursue her career in early childhood development. Elizabeth 18, and Hector Jr, 15 are both her children. While attending Rasmussen University, Janet also earned an associate's degree in early childhood education. She is eager to serve with Monticello Community UMC because she is passionate about following Christ.
My favorite Bible verse is: Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” AMEN!!

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Bruce Hanson



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 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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