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Director of Spiritual Life & Enrichment
Reverend David Derksen, M. Div., BCC
Director for Spiritual Life & Enrichment
Rev. David Derksen joined Walker Methodist in March of 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Carleton College, and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School where he worked later as a Teaching Fellow educating professional and graduate level students. Most recently, Rev. Derksen worked for a large hospice organization in the state of Minnesota as a staff chaplain. Rev. Derksen is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) meaning he has achieved the highest professional standards in providing emotional and spiritual care in clinical healthcare settings.
As the Director for Spiritual Life & Enrichment, Rev. Derksen wears several hats. Pastorally, he makes one-on-one spiritual care visits, leads Bible studies, opens meetings with prayer and reflections, educates new team members on the Spiritual Life department, leads worship services, and co-chairs the Walker Methodist Clinical Ethics Committee. As an administrator, he watches the department’s budget and funding, develops Spiritual Life department policies, casts vision for Spiritual Life at Walker Methodist, and supports the Walker Methodist Spiritual Life team.
Rev. Derksen is most passionate about providing excellent spiritual life support, advocating for professional chaplaincy, and expanding his reach to enrich the lives of more people. It brings him great joy to be with people during sacred moments in their lives as well as to hear their amazing stories. He is excited to continue his ministry to older adults as well as to be a part of the Walker Methodist family.
In his free time, Rev. Derksen enjoys pumping iron, hanging out at coffee shops drinking strong coffee, reading, writing, and keeping up with current events. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. Rev. Derksen hopes to be remembered as a godly man who left a legacy of love and integrity.
Reverend Darin Easler, M. Div., BCC
Darin has been with Walker Methodist since 2013. He was raised on a family farm in northeastern Iowa and holds a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University. After serving in parish ministry in southeastern Minnesota, Darin continued on to Clinical Pastoral Education in the Twin Cities and in Atlanta. He has provided ministry within several churches, hospitals and hospices in both Minnesota and Georgia.
Darin’s main responsibilities include providing pastoral care and support to residents, family members, and staff. He enjoys facilitating grief and bereavement education and support groups, preaching, leading worship services and devotions programs. Darin leads with heart for listening and empowering others, and feels blessed to accompany others in the midst of life’s changes, challenges and celebrations.
Though he can be pretty serious, Darin loves to laugh and enjoy life. When he’s not at Walker Methodist, he enjoys watching college football and basketball, singing, dancing, photography, gardening, landscaping, and anything involving the outdoors. Darin would like to be known as someone who meets others where they are in life, encouraging them to be themselves and to live their lives as freely and fully as possible.
Malcolm has been with the Walker Methodist family since March of 2008. His previous job experience includes being an Activities Director for an Alzheimer’s Center and a Director of Activities for a Memory Care Community.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters in Music Performance. He was honored with the Teacher of The Year award in 1989 and the Excellence in Activity Programming award in 2002.
You can find Malcolm planning and executing appropriate activities for residents. He enjoys using his musical talents and skills to delight residents and also loves being able to give support and care to residents who need it. His greatest passion is to get as many residents involved in activities as possible and to bring smiles to their faces.
Outside of Walker Methodist, you can usually find Malcolm at the gym. If he's not there, chances are good that he is off traveling and exploring new places. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering at Feed My Starving Children. At the end of the day, he would like to be remembered as someone who had a vision and made a difference.
Joy became Walker Methodist’s administrative assistant in June of 2013. As our administrative assistant, Joy handles much of the logistics and operations within the Spiritual Life Department. Before coming to Walker Methodist, Joy had an extensive career in nonprofit and corporate foundation management. Some of her previous employers include: The State of MN, YWCA, Cargill, Best Buy, Twin Cities United Way, and Thrivent.
In her current position, Joy expanded Walker Methodist’s chapel escort program to include high school students and church youth groups. If you have the chance, come see some of the pictures hung over her desk.
When she’s not working, you can find Joy watercolor painting, playing Bridge, paddling her canoe, or walking her two Labrador retrievers in the Grand Rounds. She’s been married almost 40 years and has three adult children scattered across the U.S. Her family loves all things outdoors, especially gardening, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, and hiking.
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.
He has been married to Megan for seven years and they have a 14-month old daughter, Mae. The family enjoys spending time together along with their 170 lb. English Mastiff named Stewart. 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 Bill Sanden, M. Div.
Bill joined Walker Methodist in October, 2016. He grew up on a North Dakota farm and has lived in the Twin Cities since 1985. His graduate degrees are in theology and law, and he has led churches in rural Minnesota, worked as an estate planning attorney and also as a bank trust officer. His career has now come full circle as he has returned to full-time pastoral work.
Bill has a passion for elders and believes he has the best job in the world. As chaplain, he encourages vibrant living and community health by offering hospitality, support and spiritual care to residents, their families and staff through worship leadership and one-on-one conversations.
In his spare time Bill enjoys time with family, including two grandchildren, music, travel and camping.