Pastor: Fr. Joe Herzing

Fr. Joe joined the Newman team in July 2018.  He grew up on a dairy farm in Milaca and still goes there to help with most chores (except milking cows).  He graduated from Metro State University with a degree in History and went to seminary at both St. John’s University and the University of St. Thomas.  He was previously assigned to the parishes in Little Falls.  He enjoys the wonder of the night sky and the wind in his hair when riding his motorcycle (not too much wind though, since he has on a helmet).  Contact Fr. Joe by email.

Business Manager: Ken Bettin

Ken joined the Newman team in July 2016.  He has a Business Management and Economics degree from Moorhead State University and has spent his entire adult life in a small business environment.  Ken and his wife, Sandy, live in Avon, MN and enjoy boating, fishing, hunting, golf, and most outdoor activities.  They are blessed to have 8 grandchildren who are the love of their lives.  Contact Ken by email.

Coordinator of Music: Stacy Ellens

Stacy joined the Newman team spring 2019.  She has an undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict and a masters degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, both in Piano Performance.  She has worked with liturgical music programs since high school and loves to give piano lessons.  Stacy and her husband, Jesse, have two energetic young boys.  She enjoys quilting and shopping for a good bargain, and in the summer you’ll find her camping with her family!  Contact Stacy by email.

Pastoral Associate: Joan Spring

Joan joined our pastoral team in August of 2012.  Joan has an undergraduate degree in theology from the College of St. Benedict and her Master of Arts in Scripture from St. John’s University School of Theology.  She is energized by the children and youth at the Newman Center and grows ever more aware of the ongoing nature of faith when she talks with college students.  On summer nights, Joan enjoys a fire with friends, her perfect puppy, a book of Spanish poetry and, of course, s’mores!   Contact Joan by email.​