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Aubrey Thonvold

Interim Executive Director

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Aubrey Thonvold (she/her) is a lifelong Lutheran from Minnesota. Aubrey is committed to work centered in justice and inclusion for LGBT people in their families within religious and faith communities. Most recently Aubrey has work on marriage campaigns in Washington, Hawaii, and Oregon organizing outreach, education, and advocacy 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. 

 
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Communications and Graphic Design Coordinator

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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 wholeheartedly 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 also spent the Summer of 2012 as a camp counselor at Lutheridge in North Carolina. Zac has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications and is enthusiastic to produce web, video, and print material for ReconcilingWorks. Zac enjoys naming colors, listening to public radio, exploring Midwestern culture, and recently discovered that hot dish is a close starchy cousin to the South’s casserole.

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Director of Finance and Information Systems

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Brett Bowman's (he/him) duties include the oversight of the finances, information technology, and office management. He also has a direct hand in development work, specifically working with donors and grantors to match their desires to help our programs and advocacy. Brett began work with LC/NA in 2000, as a volunteer. Subsequently, he was brought onto staff in 2006, serving as Operations Manager across a wide spectrum of internal and external programs. He has been an ever present spirit for more than 12 years and his gifts in finance will strengthen the organization that has brought many the ability to become involved on the front lines of its ministry. (Photo by Richard W. Garnett)

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Grassroots Organizing and Training Coordinator

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Tim Feiertag (he/him) joined the staff in February of 2012. He first joined ReconcilingWorks as a member of the Kansas City-Lawrence chapter in 1993. He served as a regional director from 1995 to 1998 and as co-chair from 1998 to 2002. It was during his time as co-chair that he began to sense a call to ordained ministry in the ELCA. He left behind his work in the foster care system in Kansas City and headed to seminary in Berkeley, California, in 2005. After receiving the Master of Divinity degree in 2009, Tim returned to Kansas City and became a church secretary. He might still become your pastor some day. Until then, he is pleased to help congregations become places of more intentional, wide-spread, and public welcome!

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Legislative/Communications Assistant

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Tim Fisher (he/him) is honored to work for positive change in the church and has served as a member of the ReconcilingWorks staff since March 2007. He has worked toward the goal of full inclusion in a number of settings, including local congregations, synod assemblies, the Joint Committee for Inclusivity (Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods), online discussion groups, newspaper op-ed pages, and five (and counting!) ELCA Churchwide Assemblies. He and his wife Christine are members of Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They enjoy restoring their 1921 bungalow and hunting for treasure at estate sales and antique stores.

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Deputy Director

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Anita C. Hill (she/her) is the Deputy Director of Reconciling Works assigned to work with congregations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to help them live into the new policies of the ELCA in both pulpit and pew. Pastor Hill is called by the Saint Paul Area Synod to serve in specialized ministry with ReconclingWorks. Pastor Hill served St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church as pastor from 1994 to 2012. Her “irregular” (read extraordinary) ordination in 2001 helped the movement for full inclusion on the journey to policy change in the ELCA. Anita is a former Co-Chair of the ReconcilingWorks Board (1980-82) and has ministered with and on behalf of LGBT people, their families, and friends for most of her adult life. As a child of the old South, Anita actively seeks to establish racial and economic equity through faith based community organizing. Anita and her partner, Janelle Bussert, welcomed an African family seeking asylum in the United States into their home and their hearts in 2009. Anita loves being “Gramanita” to Thabiso, an active pre-schooler.

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Program and Development Assistant

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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 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 Project Assistant.

 

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Reconciling in Christ Program Assistant

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Patricia Weber (they/them, ze/zer) is ReconcilingWorks' Lutheran Volunteer Corps intern. They encourage and support congregations in developing, implementing, and reporting on a process of relationship-building and education through phone calls, mail, and social media. They graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s degree in education and youth studies: youth and society and a minor in health and society. Patricia was involved in many activities in college, but LGBT activism was their main work. They hope to attend graduate school in women and gender studies, and become an activist researcher for LGBT non-profit organizations, while helping to fight other oppressions in society. Patricia enjoys Tumblr, finding creative outlets to express themselves, and going on adventures with friends.