Pastors & Staff



senior pastor

Bradley Schmeling

At Gloria Dei, I have the gift of preaching and presiding, leading the staff and lay leadership in our many and varied ministries, keeping us connected with one another, and lifting up the vision that our gathered assembly so powerfully named in its mission statement. I’m always inspired by how God can work through any one of us, even with our challenges and hurts, including my own. I seek to be a gentle and humble servant of this assembly of saints.

I grew up in Ohio, attended Ohio University, received a graduate degree at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and did doctoral work at Emory University in pastoral care and liturgical studies. I’ve served at Calvary Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio, the Office of the Chapel and Religious Life, Emory University, and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Atlanta.

I live in Minneapolis and think both cities have great charm and am glad to call both home. My husband, Darin, also an ELCA pastor, serves as a chaplain in long-term senior care, and we love to spend time at home, cooking, savoring the outdoors, reading good books, taking walks and biking on all the great bike trails.

Associate Pastor

Lois Pallmeyer

I serve as Pastor of Faith Formation at Gloria Dei, encouraging spiritual and faith formation in people throughout the lifespan. I love to encourage people of all ages to grow in their understanding of how God is working in their lives, but am especially excited about the ways my work at Gloria Dei allows me to encourage adults in their faith development.

I was raised in the Midwest and went to seminary in Chicago. Since ordination in 1989, I have served two other congregations before coming to Gloria Dei in 1999. My husband John and I live in Eagan where we raised our three wonderful children. I love coffee, music, the Chicago Cubs, gardening, cooking, computer games, and my job at Gloria Dei. I work part-time, and am usually in the office on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Interim Associate Pastor

Jen Hackbarth

I currently serve as Interim Associate Pastor at Gloria Dei, supporting the pastors, staff, members and friends of the congregation through this time of pastoral transition. I’m excited to learn about and participate in the many ways Gloria Dei connects with members and the community though caring and outreach ministries.

I grew up in Brainerd, MN, attended seminary at Luther in St. Paul and was ordained in 2004. I’ve served as a solo pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Boyd, MN and Christ the King in White Bear Lake. I currently serve in specialized ministry as an interim pastor in the St. Paul Area Synod. I live in White Bear Lake with my husband Tim, who is a 1st grade teacher, and our two fantastic teenagers. I enjoy reading, traveling, musical theater, singing, writing, and cooking new recipes.


Ministry Directors

Director of Music

Tim Strand

I have the great joy of leading the music program at Gloria Dei, where we have wonderful participation in both our choirs and in congregational singing. We are also blessed with excellent instrumental talent, from kids to adults, and our worship is enhanced and enriched by all of these musical gifts. I am a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, where I majored in church music and business administration and I hold a Master of Music degree from Indiana University School of Music in organ performance and church music. Besides my church position, I am also a freelance accompanist and regularly accompany Magnum Chorum, a Twin Cities based auditioned choir. I live in the Como Park neighborhood of St. Paul, where I enjoy gardening and entertaining and am always busy taking advantage of the outstanding musical and theater opportunities that the Twin Cities offers.

Children's Ministry Director

Kyrstin Schwartz

My name is Kyrstin Schwartz and I am thrilled to be a part of the Gloria Dei team. I live in Inver Grove Heights with my husband Keith and two children, Gus (4 years) and Lila (4 months). As a family we love spending time in our pool, having movie nights, playing legos and going on adventures! For the past 13 years I have served at Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake as the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries.
I am excited to be focusing on Children and Families in my position at Gloria Dei. I look forward to growing in our faith together!

Learn more about Gloria Dei's Children's Ministry.

Parish Nurse

Jill Stewart

Faith Community Nursing is a specialty practice that involves caring for the whole person: spirit, mind, and body, three indivisible parts of a whole entity that makes up each very individual human being. My goal is to help people to stay healthy in all of these ways. At Gloria Dei, the parish nurse works with pastors and member-led caring ministry teams to address needs within the congregation as well as supporting health promotion efforts for our neighbors in the community such as Circle of Caring blood drives, Project Home, and local food pantries.

I grew up in St Paul and am happy to be a lifelong member of Gloria Dei. I earned a bachelors’ degree in Nursing from The College of St Catherine and a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. I am a Minnesota-licensed RN, Public Health Nurse and Licensed School Nurse with national credentials in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing and Faith Community Nursing. I have worked with people in hospitals, home health care, public health, and educational settings. Regardless of physical ability, our souls can be amazingly strong, joyful and resilient. This gives me great hope.

I live in St Paul with my husband Scott, who is retired. We have two adult sons who live in Duluth. I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.


Administrative and Custodial Staff

Finance/Administration Director

Beverly Sargent

Office Coordinator

Karen Earhuff


Jazz Vogel

Communications/Technology Coordinator

Thor Carlson

Building Supervisor

Clayton Gardner


Brian Henderson


Johnny Alexander

Director of Worship Technology

Tadhg Ferris Wayne


Event and Program Coordinators

Funeral Coordinator
Brenda Higgins

Wedding Coordinator
Christine Berg Schroeder

Wednesday Supper Coordinator


Choir Leaders


Alleluia Children's Choir
Elizabeth Trites

Handbell Choir
Paul Damico-Carper