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Staff

Jen Nagel

Pastor Jen joined the University Lutheran Church of Hope community as Lead Pastor in August of 2015. Jen is excited about the ways Hope engages in the neighborhood, digging into rich traditions and finding creative, honest, and nimble ways to follow God and “be the church” in this place and this time in history. She…

Pastor Maria Anderson-Lippert

Rev. Maria Anderson-Lippert joined the staff at ULCH in March of 2022 and is excited for this opportunity to minister with the faithful and justice-seeking community at ULCH. She grew up in Lindstrom, Minnesota, where her family has been rooted for many generations. Her passion for walking with people while exploring the multitude of ways…

Robert Ragoonanan

Robert S. Ragoonanan is a graduate of Luther College (B.A. in Music) and Bowling Green State University (M.M. in Orchestral Conducting). Robert has studied conducting with many well-known instructors such as Emily Freeman Brown, Alexander Polyanichko, Ovidiu Balan, Neil Thompson, Dr. Scott Weiss, and others, and keyboards with Frederick DeHaven, Dr. Laura Melton, Dr. John…

Emily Brown

Emily Brown is the pastoral intern at University Lutheran Church of Hope June 2021-spring 2023. She is in an intensive program through Luther Seminary called MDivX that includes classes and a concurrent internship experience. After growing up the daughter of a pastor, Emily’s call to ministry is an opportunity to claim her own identity as…

Elise Carlson

Elise Carlson joined as the Minister of Community Engagement in September 2021. Elise was drawn to Hope as a place of ‘porous walls’ where the congregational and neighborhood community could intersect.  Elise grew up in Battle Lake, MN and graduated from Luther College. She works as a Paralegal alongside her job at Hope. In her…

Nathan Obrestad

Nathan lives in Fridley with his wife Sharon and three children, AJ, William and Emily. They are members of St. Williams Church in Fridley. Nathan previously worked in the college bookstore industry for 30 years, managing the bookstore for Metro State University. Nathan has been a volunteer for Irondale Marching Band, Coach for St. John…