Executive Director

Aubrey Thonvold

  • AubreyT@ReconcilingWorks.org
  • 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.

Reconciling in Christ Program Coordinator

Ashlei Buhrow

  • AshleiB@ReconcilingWorks.org
  • Ashlei Buhrow (she/her), after finishing her bachelors at University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire in religious studies, packed her bags and headed off to St. Paul, MN! In St. Paul, she studied at Luther Seminary, where she acted as a leader in her LGBTQIA+ organization, Emmaus, as well as in Proclaim’s Seminary Outreach Team. In May of 2018, Ashlei graduated with her Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. As part of God's call in her life, she enters into her work at ReconcilingWorks as the Reconciling in Christ Program Coordinator, to serve her fellow LGBTQ+ community where faith and sexuality intersect.  Ashlei enjoys trying out Minnesota’s many wonderful breweries, long boarding and exploring the outdoors with her partner, dog, and cat!

Intern

Kari Louwagie

  • KariL@ReconcilingWorks.org
  • 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!