Our Staff

Rev. Roland Wells, Jr.

Senior Pastor

Since 1988 Rev. Roland J. Wells, Jr. has served as Senior Pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis. He was a delegate to 2010 Lausanne III Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. He chaired the formation of the Urban Cross-Cultural College Consortium (U4C), 2003-present and serves as its Executive Director. He created, has taught, and has overseen MissionShift Institute—a college-level introduction to urban ministry—from 1995-present. He produced MissionShift2007 DVD Series. He’s a national conference speaker and workshop leader on Cross-Cultural Urban Ministry topics, done extensive Bible teaching, ministry visioning, fund-raising and preparing congregations for transition in the changing Minneapolis milieu.

Roland enjoys the Minnesota outdoors and playing music. He has been married since 1977 to Brenda Wells, a teacher in the St. Paul Public Schools. They have two grown sons, two lovely daughters-in-law,  the amazing Isaac, their first grandbaby, and a new grandson Elijah born in 2016.

Misrak Adoga

Office Secretary


Lois Bodurtha

Music Director


Lois Bodurtha came to St. Paul's in 1976 as the organist, and since 1981 has served as organist, choir director, worship team leader, pianist and vocalist. She considers it a joy and a privilege to lead the congregation in worship, teaching and encouraging people to develop their talents so they can use them to glorify God.

Lois is Director of Global Worship, an annual concert of worship at St. Paul's featuring Twin Cities' musicians from across the globe, now in its 10th year.  Look for collages of past Global Worship pictures displayed in the church lobby. Lois was editor of the book, "Portraits," by Patricia Lokke, a compilation of biographies of St. Paul's members originally written for the St. Paul's Messenger. 

As an independent piano teacher, Lois has instructed many piano students in her home studio in Eagan. She is an active member of music teacher organizations and her students participate regularly in exams, contests and recitals. She has been singing soprano for ten years as a member of Exultate, a professional choir in the Twin Cities. Lois and her husband Jim have four children and eight grandchildren.

Rev. Timothy J. Hanson

Administrative Pastor


 Pastor Tim and his wife, Michelle

Pastor Tim and his wife, Michelle

Pastor Hanson was called to serve in the capacity of Administrative Pastor, November 1, 2016. A graduate of Bethel Seminary, he comes to St. Paul's with a variety ministry experience and also a strong background in business, having worked as a safety professional since 1985.

Tim is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle,  and has been since 1987. Together they have raised three children:  Nicolette (married to Lew), Miranda (married to Erik), and Devin. They are enjoying their two grandchildren, Aria and Dewey. Tim is an avid sports fan of Minnesota teams and enjoys golfing and playing softball. He also loves music, playing the drums for the worship team on Sundays, and taking ballroom dancing lessons with Michelle.


Cheryl and Carl Rich


Jennifer Schewe, Program Director, MissionShift Institute

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Jennifer Schewe graduated from the University of Northwestern ─ St. Paul in 2012 completing degrees in Ministry and Psychology with a focus in Intercultural Urban Studies.  She came to St. Paul's in 2010 as an intern and was hired upon graduation. 

Jennifer serves as the Program Director of the MissionShift Institute, St. Paul’s non-profit, accredited, college-level, cross-cultural, educational program.  She also works with the Missions Organizations using St. Paul’s as their base to learn about cross-cultural urban outreach in the Phillips neighborhood.   In addition, she has presented on a number of topics including; “Reaching Out to Your Cross-Cultural Neighbor,” “The Acculturation Process and how it Affects Ministry to Immigrants,” and “Being One in Christ – Cultural Blinders or Breakthroughs?” at women’s retreats, one-day events and conferences. 

Jennifer also serves as the Clerk and High School Youth Leader in her home church of Minneapolis First SDA Church, a multicultural congregation.  Jennifer loves reading, studying, and learning about other cultures and history.  Jennifer lives her life by the motto, "Each person and each culture has a unique secret. Each is capable of knowing something of God which no one else knows. In the meeting of strangers, we have the opportunity to share that treasure with each other" (Bernard T. Adeney).  Jennifer and her husband Jon, a Computer Research Scientist, have a daughter, son, daughter-in-law, four grandkitties, three grandpuppies, and one grandminipig.