- Aubrey Thonvold (she/her) is a lifelong Lutheran who is committed to work centered in justice and equity for LGBTQIA+ people and their families within religious and faith communities. With a master’s degree in Transforming Spirituality from The School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, she strives to bring people in from the margins and invite all people to the table. She leads this work at ReconcilingWorks with a sense of call to this holy work. Aubrey has worked on marriage campaigns in Washington, Hawaii, and Oregon, organizing outreach, education, and advocacy and encouraging faith communities to support the freedom to marry for LGBTQIA+ couples. Aubrey and her wife Heather both have a call to ministry, a love of adventures, and enjoy time with friends and family.
- Jen Bacher (she/her) is a first-year student at Luther Seminary in St.Paul, where she is pursuing a degree in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. She moved to St. Paul from Raleigh, North Carolina and is seeking consecration as a Deacon in the North Carolina Synod. Jen is also serving as an Artist in Residence at Luther. She specializes in illustration and holds her BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. While serving at ReconcilingWorks, Jen hopes to use her gifts for art and ministry to build welcoming resources for young people and youth ministry professionals. When not busy with work or school, Jen enjoys playing disc golf, visiting local breweries, and snuggling with her dog, Kassie.
Reconciling in Christ Program Assistant
- Ashlei Buhrow (she/her), after finishing her bachelors at University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire in religious studies, packed her backs and headed off to St. Paul, MN! In St. Paul, she is a full time student at Luther Seminary, where she is discerning God’s call for her. At Luther Seminary, she acts as a leader in her LGBTQIA+ organization, Emmaus, and a leader in Proclaim’s Seminary Outreach Team. As part of her call, she enters into her work at ReconcilingWorks as the Reconciling in Christ Program Assistant, to serve her fellow LGBTQ+ community where faith and sexuality intersect. Ashlei enjoys trying out Minnesota’s many wonderful breweries, long boarding and enjoying the outdoors with her partner and dog!
- Kari Louwagie (they/them) grew up on their family dairy farm near Cottonwood, Minnesota. They graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2016 with a degree in Religion. From there, Kari went on to teach English in Madagascar for a year through Young Adults in Global Mission. Currently, Kari is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Apart from school, their hobbies include playing the trumpet, singing, crocheting, and spending time outside. Good coffee, cows, Biblical Hebrew, and general weirdness bring Kari great joy!