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.
Associate Director of Campus Ministry and Parish Life: Molly Johns
Molly joined the Newman team in August 2016. After growing up in Fergus Falls, Molly attended the University of St. Thomas and earned degrees in Theology, Liturgical Music, and Music-Business. Molly has worked in ministry since 2008, leading junior high & high school youth ministry in Fairmont, MN and Woodbury, MN. During this time, she worked towards her Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s University, which she received in December 2014. Molly enjoys our Minnesota lakes and can be found “up north” most weekends enjoying the great outdoors. Contact Molly by email.
REP Coordinator: Sherry Johnson
Sherry joined the Newman team fall 2019. She was born and raised in Little Falls, MN and still has not left. She married Tony on August 17, 2013. They are blessed with 4 amazing children, Zachariah, Brookelynn, Calvin, and AJ and they keep their lives very busy! She is currently back in school here at SCSU for Elementary Education. She enjoys being outside and spending time with her family, cherishing every moment they have together. She also enjoys being part of the Newman Center and looks forward to being a bigger part of it as a staff member! Contact Sherry by email.
Grounds and Maintenance Manager: Tony Johnson
Tony joined the Newman team June 2019. He is married to Sherry with four children, Zachariah, Brookelynn, Calvin, and AJ. He enjoys playing/watching/coaching/officiating most sports, especially baseball, golf, and basketball. He doesn’t hunt or fish, however he does love the water. He was born at St. Joseph’s hospital in St. Paul. Tony was baptized and received his First Communion at St. Stanislaus in St. Paul. He was confirmed as an adult at Holy Family in Little Falls. Tony and Sherry were married by Fr. Joe at Holy Family! He loves getting to know people so stop, say hi, and introduce yourself to him! Contact Tony by email
Director of Campus Ministry and Parish Life: 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.
Interim Front Desk Receptionist – Rose Ruprecht
Rose joined the Newman team in November 2019. She was born and raised in Eden Valley, MN and graduated from Saint Cloud State University with her bachelor’s in social work. Rose has been involved in the Newman Center student activities throughout her years at SCSU and is excited to be back as staff. Be sure to welcome Newman’s newest member of the team when you stop by the office! Contact Rose by email.