Meet Jeanne Hanson, Administrator

Tell us about your family: My husband Gordy and I have been married for 25 years. We have one son, Jeff, who is 21 years old. We live in Richfield. We enjoy traveling to see different places, and our trips have often included camping,  visiting zoos and amusement parks.

What are three of your main job tasks? 1. Monitoring the finances and reporting on the financial status. 2. Working with Jeff, our lead custodian, to oversee building maintenance. Along with that, working with the Facilities Committee or task forces on larger building projects. 3. Managing the calendar and working with outside groups who want to rent space in our building.

Tell us about the church where you are a member: I’m a member of Oak Grove Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Richfield. The congregation is smaller than Gloria Dei, with about 800 members. It was established in 1937, and has close ties to Augsburg University. In fact, Augsburg College once owned the land the church now occupies. The sanctuary was built in 1975, and is a more contemporary design than Gloria Dei. Like Gloria Dei, the congregation has a strong heart for children and youth and for issues of homelessness and poverty. Oak Grove was a founding member for Camp Wapogassett, and one of the churches in Richfield, Edina and Bloomington that founded VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) as a food shelf when the need grew larger than individual churches could manage. Oak Grove is also an internship site for Luther Seminary. Next fall, we are planning to welcome our 17th intern.

What were some of the ways you were involved in church as a young person? I grew up in Aberdeen, SD. I sang in the church choirs until I was a senior in high school, and went to Sunday school and confirmation. Some of us wanted to continue with a Sunday class after confirmation, so we found some people willing to lead the class and continued for two years beyond confirmation. When I was in high school, the pastor that worked with youth also worked with college ministry. In coordination with the college group and the help of some willing adults, we turned an old building into a coffeehouse. There were regular gatherings there for several years, sometimes with entertainment, and sometimes just as a time to hang out. Any high school age student was welcome during those gatherings. The college had separate nights to be there.

What do you enjoy doing on a day off? If I have just a day or two off, I like getting together with friends, reading, or doing crafts like needlework or scrap-booking. If the whole family has vacation time off, we’re usually traveling someplace. We generally like to travel to different places each time—there’s so much of this country and world to see and enjoy.