First Lutheran Church Staff


Pastor Jeanette McCormick

Rev. Jeanette Clark McCormick is originally from Minnetonka, MN and attended Hopkins High School.  She attended Augsburg College, graduating in 2007 with a BA in Youth and Family Ministry/Urban Studies and a minor in Spanish.  She has worked at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, the Lutheran Volunteer Corp in Southern Minneapolis, and La Conexion (a Latino community center).  She attended Luther Seminary, graduating in 2012 with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Her first call was with a young adult program called Marty's Mug, and was a mission developer for a Latino congregation called Pueblo de Dios.  In 2015, she married Rev. Cole McCormick.  In her free time, she plays the euphonium and loves to swim.

Jon Wendt - Youth and Family Minister

Jon has been serving First Lutheran since 2013.  He earned a degree in Elementary Education from Southwest State University in Marshall, MN.  Jon served his first congregation in Cypress, TX.  He has also served in Iowa, and at Shetek Lutheran Ministries in Slayton, MN.  After earning his Youth and Family certification from Wartburg Seminary, he has come back to MN.  He is married to Barbara, and has a son born in 2013.

Jon is currently taking classes at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA.  In his free time, Jon enjoys playing his trumpet and sporting events of all kinds.

Natalie Zinnel - Administrative Secretary

Natalie has been the Administrative Secretary here since June of 1998.  She earned her degree from MN West Community College in Worthington and Jackson.  She enjoyes her job and all that it brings.

Midge White - Maintenance

Midge White

Pam Fleming - Worship Planner &  

                            Visual Coordinator

Pam Fleming

Jim and Paula Laffrenzen -

                                    Parish Visitors

Jim and Paula Laffrenzen began visiting shut-ins and other parishioners in 2018. 

Todd Poppema - Custodian

Todd Poppema took over custodian duties for First Lutheran Church in 2019. 

Arlene Lowe - Co-Treasurer

Arlene Lowe took on the co-treasurer position in 2019.  Arlene is married to Kevin Lowe. 

Deb Koob - Financial Secretary

Deb Koob

Eric Parrish - Choir Director

Eric Parrish

Lois Gruis - Bell Choir Director

Lois Gruis

Lori Nienkerk - Choir Accompanist &


Lori Nienkerk

Cindy Anderson - Pianist

Cindy Anderson

Nancy Hofstee - Organist/Pianist

Nancy Hofstee

Council President

Rebecca McGaughey is a middle school teacher at Worthington ISD.  She is married to Ryan McGaughey, and is currently raising 2 children.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and giving Jon Wendt a hard time.

Council Vice President

Jason Gerdes has come aboard the Council in 2018, and is married to Maggie Gerdes.  Jason can often be found participating in local sporting leagues and taking care of his 2 young children. 

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