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 chaplin. 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 librarian, since 1985. We have three grown sons. Isaac, my Australian Shepherd, comes to the office with me most days and helps with evangelism.
Dr. Yolanda Y. Williams
Pastor for Music & Discipleship
Yolanda Y. Williams joined the Brunswick staff in June of 2017. Her training and education is in music performance and education and in African Diasporic Studies. Yolanda brings to Brunswick years of experience as a community organizer, college/university educator, and as a director of non-profits. Her previous ministry participation in both the Lutheran and Methodist churches has provided her with a rounded background in youth work, discipleship and evangelism, and as a worship leader and choral director.
“My call is to people in transition. Those transitions can include moving from working full time to full time retirement, having adult children move back into your home, first time parenting, or living life as a single person as the result of the loss of a spouse or longtime companion. The Church is uniquely positioned to minister to those in transition since the Bible is filled with life transitions. Jesus offers us many examples of transitions and the Holy Spirit empowers us to transition gracefully.”
To this end, Yolanda’s ministry will center on providing programming and counseling to those experiencing transition and in need of support.
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 children, two 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).