Aubrey Thonvold (she/her) is a lifelong Lutheran from Minnesota. Aubrey is committed to work centered in justice and inclusion for LGBT people and their families within religious and faith communities. Most recently, 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 LGBT couples. 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. Aubrey and her wife Heather both have a call to ministry, a love of adventures, and enjoy time with friends and family. Aubrey is thrilled to be a part of the team at ReconcilingWorks.
Program and Development Associate
Ryan (he/him) recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a dual degree in Religious Studies and Music. Since August of 2013, Ryan has volunteered with ReconcilingWorks weekly and was incorporated into the staff in June of 2014. Ryan grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and has felt a strong call to work in the ministry for his whole life. Upon meeting Pr. Anita Hill at Twin Cities Pride 2014, that call has been to help create a welcoming space within the ELCA for all people. He is excited to be able to help ReconcilingWorks in working for full participation in the capacity of Program and Development Associate.
Communications and Graphic Design Coordinator
In one week Zac Baker (he/him) graduated, bought a car, and moved in faith to Saint Paul to join the ReconcilingWorks staff in May 2013. Ever since Zac found a safe space at the Lutheran Campus Ministry freshman year at the University of South Carolina, he has embraced the ELCA’s warm hospitality. Empowered by his campus pastor, Frank Anderson, Zac became a leader in USC’s LGBT community as the President of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance and a community advocate as a founding member of Youth Empowered Against HIV. Zac has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications and enjoys producing web, video, and print content for ReconcilingWorks.