Rev. Ruth Ann Ramstad
I was appointed to serve Brunswick beginning in July of 2016. My previous ministries include churches in Mankato, Buffalo, and Woodbury, Minnesota. I grew up in south Minneapolis, and am grateful to be back on this side of the river, where the avenues are alphabetical and the streets have numbers. In addition to my seminary training, I spent a year in residence at Regions Hospital, where I was the trauma and emergency room chaplain. I am also grateful to have attended many classes in the D.Min. program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Fuller is an exciting place to study because the program is both ecumenical and global. Although most of my colleagues had very different theological views from my own, they represented thriving churches from five different continents. I love to hang out with children and youth. I believe that worship should come with a guarantee: “Not boring or your money back.” I have been married to David Coward, a now retired librarian, since 1985. We have three grown sons. Lena, my part-Catahoula Leopard dog, often comes to the office with me and helps with evangelism.
Our Latest Candidate for Ordination
I am so excited to start my ministry with Brunswick United Methodist Church in Children and Youth Ministry. I have met many of you during our time as members of the congregation and have also had the pleasure of ministering to many of the kids and youth at Brunswick. My wife Brenda and I reside in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota with our two youngest kids, Lenny and Daisy. They are balls of energy who exude the joy of creation in their living. We are a blended family and as such, I have six other adult children you may see around from time to time and three (soon to be four) grandchildren and three hunting dogs! I think I sum up my faith journey as one of being in a boat and trying to pull the shore to it. I have spent many years praying and seeking God through the trials and tribulations of life. I relate to Jacob. I find that I have wrestled with God over the years and have been broken by Him. But praise God for the brokenness because it is there that we find salvation through Christ Jesus and trust in his grace through his sacrifice on the cross for all our sins.
I have been engaged in children’s and youth ministry in four United Methodist Church congregations: Hennepin Avenue, Brooklyn, Oakland, Living Spirit, and at the Church of the Open Door. I have also been a camp counselor and dean with what was the Multicultural Camp at the former Camp Kingswood site. My most recent appointment was as a Student Local Pastor with Grace on Penn in Minneapolis in 2002. My approach to ministry is to maintain an open door with kids and their families — to do practical ministry that both prepares children for life and for leadership within the congregation; and ultimately, to support their families through the inevitable trials and joys of raising children. My first year here at Brunswick is to learn the congregation, establish a program, and work with the District Council on Ministries to restart my process for ordination as Deacon. I will restart Seminary in Fall 2021. Please keep me and my family in your prayers as I begin this new journey! I am so excited to be here!
Director of Operations
Lynn joined the staff here at Brunswick in September of 2013. She loves her job-- welcoming people into the church building every day is a blessing. Working with the congregation to find ways to use the building that will make a difference in the lives of the people in the community is a wonderful opportunity. She brings many years of work experience in both the business world and the church to her position here at Brunswick. A lifelong Lutheran, Lynn and her spouse Obie attend Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Lynn and Obie raised their children in the small rural community of Upsala, Minnesota. During this time Obie practiced law in St. Cloud. After the children were grown and away from home, they downsized and lived in a variety of places before settling in Plymouth. Plymouth has all the advantages of an urban community and the added bonus of being close to family, particularly their grandchildren. Lynn's passions include her family, the church, reading, flower gardening, and travel. Her immediate family includes her spouse, three childrentwo girls and one boy, two son-in-laws, two granddaughters and one granddog.
Her favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8 ... And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
Christine loves to bring music to life through her music. Christine leads the congregation on organ and piano alike. She is also a wonderful flutist, playing special music and accompanying other groups. Christine has a Master of Arts in Theology (LSTC, 2005) and a Master of Arts in Sacred Music (Seabury Western, 2006).
Denise joined the Brunswick staff in 2015. She enjoys working on the church's communications and media. A Canadian expatriate for over 25 years, she resides in St. Michael with her husband, two teenaged daughters, a Labradoodle, and two cats.