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Reverend Jeremiah Lideen, M. Div.
Jeremiah joined the Spiritual Care Team in January 2017. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary and a Bachelors of Family and Youth Ministry from Augsburg College.
He provides pastoral counseling and spiritual care to residents, staff and families. His genuine love for people lead him to choose Walker Methodist. By thoughtfully listening to personal stories, Jeremiah helps people work through their own conflicts by allowing them to create, find and implement a solution themselves. He feels privileged to work in a profession that reminds people of their value and worth in the world.
Along with serving the residents and staff of Walker Methodist, Jeremiah currently serves as pastor of Uptown Church and volunteers with literacy non-profit, Ace in The City. He served as a Chaplain Candidate in the Minnesota Army National Guard for five years and is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.
He has been married to Megan for seven years and they have a two year old daughter, Mae. Some of Jeremiah’s favorite activities include snowboarding and grilling. Jeremiah would like to be known as someone who creates space for rest, repentance and reassurance.
Reverend Karl Kruse, M.Div.
Reverend Karl Kruse joined Walker Methodist in July of 2018. Reverend Kruse earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa; a Bachelor of Science degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and an Associate of Arts degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Reverend Kruse has also been involved in a Doctor of Ministry program at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a focus on Spiritual Formation in Congregational and Family Care.
Before coming to Walker Methodist, Reverend Kruse most recently served as a Hospice Chaplain. Additionally, he served as a Regional Director and Missionary for an international prayer ministry organization, teaching on prayer and spiritual growth, in the U.S., Germany, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. Along with areas of specialized ministry, Reverend Kruse has also served for over 20 years in congregational settings in Iowa, Colorado, Utah, and Minnesota.
One of Karl’s joys is to spend time praying and singing with residents, family members and staff. He believes that music is a special gift that God uses to touch people’s souls, and a vehicle to carry God’s grace and compassion. Prayer is also that “special touch” from God that allows us to speak and to listen to God … to experience a unique partnership with God in our life … and to know the intimacy of our God who loves us infinitely. Karl loves praying with people in times of celebration and sorrow, and everything in between.
Although he was born in New Jersey, Karl proudly calls Minnesota home; having grown up in a military family, and moving so often that he actually lived in 10 different homes and attended 10 different schools before graduating from high school. After having been widowed in 2010, Karl remarried in 2016 to his wife, Heather. Karl and Heather are both actively involved as prayer ministers at Hosanna! Church in Lakeville, Minnesota. Karl wants to be known as someone who reflects God’s grace in such a way, that everyone hears, receives, and knows this truth: “You are a special gift from God!”
Maria joined Walker Methodist in September of 2015 as a Life Enrichment Assistant at Walker Methodist Care Suites and moved to her current position in June of 2018.
She holds a BA in Psychology from Augsburg College, Paralegal Certificate from the Minnesota Paralegal Institute. Maria worked as an Executive Assistant for companies such as UnitedHealth Group, Fingerhut Corp., and the Voyageur Companies. In 2005, her sister passed away, leaving an 8-year-old daughter behind. So she left the workforce for a time to raise her niece (who is now 22 years old).
Maria's mother had Alzheimer’s disease and lived in a memory care unit. She spent a lot of time there and enjoyed spending time with her Mother and other residents. After her Mom passed away in 2015, Maria changed career course and applied for the Life Enrichment Assistant position at the Care Suites.
She is currently responsible for coordinating the day-to-day details for the Spiritual Life department, helping with logistics at Sunday morning worship, and being an accompanist for chapel services at the Care Suites and at the monthly Catholic Communion services.
Maria's passion for serving seniors fills her bucket. Her heart belongs to the memory care residents and she strives to make sure they are treated with dignity, invited to participate in activities and contribute their gifts, and find joy in each day.