Pastor Laura Nordstrom
Hello, I'm Pastor Laura! I'm originally from Northfield, Minnesota.
Family: Husband Eric, sons Hans and Leif, daughter-in-law Beyza, and granddaughters Kysi and Clea
Pets: cats Sammy and Mikey
Hobbies: making music, walking, sewing, reading, baking bread, writing, bicycling, quilting, knitting, playing with my granddaughters, and watching mystery series and comedies with Eric on cable tv
The ‘first’ time I went to college, I attended Hamline Univ. for 2 years, and then Lewis and Clark College for 1 year. After three years pursuing a degree in Biology, I realized that it was not a good fit for my brain!
In 2007, at age 50, I returned to college, and earned a BA in Liberal Studies at Univ. of Wisc, Whitewater
2012 MDiv from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2012-2014 pursued a Master of Theological Studies in Liturgical Studies at Garrett; just have my thesis to write!
2019-2021 MBA certificate in Nonprofit Church Leadership at Dakota-Wesleyan Univ.
Pastor Bridget Sheely
Children's Ministry Coordinator 2017-present
Pastor of Racine UMC & Sumner Center UMC 2016-present
My husband, Brad and I have raised 2 sons, Joe and Ben, on our farm near Brownsdale. We enjoy camping and being outdoors. Most importantly spending time with family and friends. God has always been a friend in my life, and I find great joy teaching others of Jesus Christ and guiding them into a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Children’s Ministry has been a wonderful blessing! There is nothing purer and more inspiring than seeing the spark of the Holy Spirit ignite in our little one’s eyes.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Laurie Helmers moved to Stewartville in 1982 and has been associated with SUMC in a variety of ways over the years, primarily as an organist, pianist, choir director and vocalist. She teaches private piano and voice lessons in her home studio. Laurie is deeply involved in theatre throughout the region and across state lines as an actress, director and writer. She enjoys traveling and horseback riding with her husband, John, and son, Myatt. She loves to play scrabble, read historical fiction, put together detailed jigsaw puzzles and do counted cross-stitch.