Meet the Team

We’ve got a leadership team eager to inspire, support and equip you on your faith journey.

Rev. Melanie Homan

Rev. Melanie Homan

Pastor

BA, Wartburg College
MDiv. with Justice and Peace Concentration, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado

Melanie has been the pastor at Lake Harriet UMC since September 2014. She has a passion for both social justice and offering pastoral care across the generations.

Rev. Chris Carr

Rev. Chris Carr

Pastor of Youth Ministry

BA, Youth & Family Ministry, Augsburg College
MDiv (in progress), Luther Seminary

Chris has been in ministry with youth for 13 years around the state of Minnesota and joined Lake Harriet’s staff in January of 2013. His favorite thing about his work is participating in the relationship between young people and God.

Janet Bomar

Janet Bomar

Director of Children and Family Ministries

BA, Furman University
Greenville, SC

Janet has been an active volunteer with the Children and Family Ministry program since joining LHUMC in 2011. She has a passion for working with children and is excited to serve LHUMC in this role.

Jim Koon

Jim Koon

Business Administrator

BA, Economics, Claremont McKenna College
MBA, Duke University

Jim has extensive experience in executive leadership within corporate, church and non-profit environments. He is also the founder of SafeNights, a non-profit organization working with churches and individual school districts to develop local shelter services for Metro area high school students experiencing home loss.

In his free time, Jim enjoys his grandkids, nonfiction, skateboarding and film noir.

Karissa Ouren

Karissa Ouren

Cherub Choir Director

B.A. in Early Childhood Education
M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education

Karissa has been a member of Lake Harriet UMC since she was in 6th grade. As a youth, she was involved in the music ministries, youth ministries and many service ministries. After college, Karissa returned to Lake Harriet UMC and is blessed to be able work with young children and their families through Cherub Choir and Parents, Babies and Jams (P,B & J). She values the important role community, fellowship and music have in supporting our young children as they grow in their faith.

Barb Hanson

Barb Hanson

Bell Choir Director

BS in Music (K-12) from Winona State (now U of MN, Winona)

Barb has been the director of the Lake Harriet UMC handbell choirs for over 30 years. She is a member of Handbell Ringers of America, and has served on their area board in the past. The program now includes a 5-octave set of bells and 3-octave set of chimes. There is always room for another ringer!

Lorrie Sandelin

Lorrie Sandelin

Volunteer Coordinator
Søren Bijnagte

Søren Bijnagte

Maintenance Director

Søren is a licensed Master Electrician and certified Boiler operator who has been in the industry for over 20 years. Søren has been trouble-shooting and maintaining manufacturing facilities, corporate offices and residential spaces for his entire career. In his free time, he can be seen biking, camping or adventuring with his family.

Chelsey Bahe

Chelsey Bahe

Nursery Childcare Associate
Michelle Porter

Michelle Porter

GodsKids Choir Director
Jane Weiers

Jane Weiers

Communications Specialist

Andrea Wright

Lake Harriet UM Preschool Director

BA, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota

Andrea is a Co-Director and the large muscle room teacher. Andrea has 15 years of experience as an early childhood educator including 10 years at Lake Harriet UM Preschool.