Jeff Hansen, Pastor
As an old John Mellencamp song says, “I was born in a small town…learned to love Jesus in that same small town…”. I also need to say that, rooted in the rich farmland of Blue Earth County in southern Minnesota, nurtured by a strong family and a generous United Methodist church community, I was also afforded lots of opportunities to learn, grow, make mistakes, explore and ask questions, even about that Jesus I was taught to love and the God he gives expression to. In that environment I was free and encouraged to seek, wonder, discover and express who I was and was becoming. It is, I think, the very sort of environment fostered at Spirit of Hope UMC right here in “the big city.” (If you grew up in a town of 300 people, this is big!) I am grateful and fortunate to be here! I invite you to come, discover for yourself, and perhaps become part of what the Spirit of Hope is doing and becoming here in Golden Valley. Welcome!
Jerry Rubino, Minister of Music
Jerry Rubino has been Minister of Music at Spirit of Hope for nearly 30 years. Along with spiritual conviction, Jerry brings a tone of musical excellence and great enthusiasm to the musical offerings at Spirit of Hope. He is a conductor, pianist, singer, and coach regarded for his diverse musical interests, engaging artistry, and passionate enthusiasm for performing arts. Jerry founded and directs Voice 360, a vocal and instrumental ensemble that prioritizes the collaborative process of the singer/actor and dancer to present multi-disciplined performances of repertoire including early music, classical music, gospel, pop and jazz. His groups appear in diverse venues from Macy’s to Orchestra Hall. He is a music editor with Oxford University Press and the Hal Leonard Corporation, is the assistant conductor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale and his workshops and music directing have taken him to Australia, Asia, Europe, Canada and throughout the United States. In Minneapolis, he has taught at Northwestern, Augsburg, Carleton College, and the MacPhail Center for Music. He has music-directed Swing at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, the Nautilus Music Theater productions of Man of La Mancha, and Carousel at the Southern Theater.
Chad Green, Director of Youth Ministries
I am a Colorado native who has made a home in the Twin Cities with my wife, Sarah; daughter, Melody; and my trusty service dog, Taylor. I have a BA in music from Adams State College and a Master of Music in conducting from North Dakota State University. I was a K–12 music teacher for a few years, and had the privilege of serving as a youth and worship pastor for nearly 10 years. I love joining youth on their journeys as they find who they are in the world and in Christ. I’m a band nerd (yay, low brass!), my playlists are filled with hits from musicals as well as everything a capella, and I like to pretend I’m a grill master. I am so glad for the opportunity to lead our 6th–12th grade youth as we serve, worship, grow, and enjoy fellowship together. Join us—ALL are welcome!