Board of Directors

The Center for Worship & Music Studies is honored to have these gifted individuals serving as our board of directors:

Kelly Chatman Roland Martinson Mark Ramseth Janet Thompson
John Christopherson Dee Pederson Ann Svennungsen Anita Young

Kelly Chatman
Kelly ChatmanPastor Chatman serves Redeemer Lutheran Church, a vibrant, multi-racial ELCA congregation in North Minneapolis, and is director of the Redeemer Center for Life. He is also Advisor to the Bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod ELCA, and previously served as their interim Director for Evangelical Mission. Kelly served five years as Director for Youth Ministries for the ELCA, and has served congregations in Washington, DC and Portland, OR.

Kelly’s passion is for liturgy that is powerful, welcoming, and communicates belonging.

John Christopherson
John ChristophersonJohn Christopherson currently serves as senior pastor at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. He did his undergraduate studies at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and received his M. Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. His post-graduate work includes a dissertation fellowship at Harvard Divinity School, a Ph. D. from the University of Chicago, and a Pastor-Theologian Fellowship at Princeton’s Center for Theological Inquiry. John has served congregations in Chicago and Bozeman, MT, taught and served as Lutheran Campus Pastor at Montana State University, and worked as a hospital chaplain.

John is an accomplished musician on trumpet and piano, and he continues to “seek creative ways in which music can be played upon as an amazing instrument for Christian evangelism, molto vivo.”

Roland Martinson
rollie1Roland Martinson is retired from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where he had served since 1977 teaching as professor of pastoral theology and ministry, children, youth, and family ministry, and most recently serving as academic dean. Early in his ministry he served congregations in Glendale, CA, and Fargo, ND. He holds degrees from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Luther Seminary, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. A beloved speaker and author, Rollie helped to transform youth and family ministry in the Lutheran church and beyond.

“Because Spirit-filled, engaging worship is at the heart of faith and life, the Church needs faithful, competent, passionate Christian leadership discovering how to move well together with God and God’s people in these changing times.”

Dee Pederson – Chair
Dee PedersonDee Pederson is the Lead Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, MN where she has served since 1988. She also served congregations in Washburn, WI as a lay minister, Spicer, MN, and in Seoul Korea. She is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA, and received both M.Div. and D.Min degrees from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Dee has served on the ELCA Church Council and Executive Committee, and chaired the churchwide task force, Living into the Future Together: Renewing the Ecology of the ELCA. She is deeply committed to ministry in the community and work that reaches across cultural boundaries, and has received an award from the St. Cloud chapter of the NAACP.

“I’m excited to be part of this collaboration that will serve God’s mission by supporting the worship life of congregations. It is in these local congregational contexts that we are joined to the Triune God and to one another, made new, and sent into God’s world.”

Mark Ramseth
RamsethMark Ramseth recently retired as President of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH. Previously he served as bishop of the Montana Synod, ELCA. As a parish pastor he led congregations in California, Washington, and Idaho, and developed a mission congregation in Billings, Montana. He was on the board of regents of two ELCA colleges and served as chair of the board of an ELCA seminary. In recent years he has been a commissioner with the Commission for Accreditation of The Association of Theological Schools. He is by avocation a cellist, performing with the Marin, CA and Billings, MT symphonies.

“Liturgy and the music of the church continues to be a critical place of entry for faith discovery, formation, and maturity.”

Ann Svennungsen
Ann SvennungsenAnn Svennungsen serves as bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA. She has previously served as president of Texas Lutheran University and as president of The Fund for Theological Education. Ann also founded and serves as director of The Presidents’ Pledge Against Global Poverty—an initiative inviting university presidents to pledge five percent of their annual income to combat global poverty. She was a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s University. As a parish pastor Ann served congregations in Iowa and Minnesota, and as interim college pastor at St. Olaf. Her imagination for innovative ministry helped birth The Center for Worship & Music Studies through partnership with the Minneapolis Area, Southwestern MN, and South Dakota Synods.

“Music is vital – in worship, in our articulation of the good news of Jesus. Yet, as musical styles expand, we look for wisdom from the new Center for Worship & Music Studies, supporting the church as it seeks high quality music with theological integrity that invites the participation of all.”

Janet Thompson
Janet outside bungalow, Palm Island-2_1024
Janet Thompson retired from the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA where she served as the Assistant to the Bishop for Administration. Prior to that, she was at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. working in the areas of Alumni Relations, Church Relations, and as Associate Vice President for Advancement and College Relations. During her tenure at the college, she directed the Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Janet has served on the ELCA Church Council and Executive Committee, as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Augsburg Fortress Publishing, and as the vice president of the Saint Paul Area Synod. She holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Southern California.


Anita Young

Anita Young is recently retired from a 35-year career at Thrivent Financial, where she worked in the insurance operations, treasury, and sales divisions. She and her husband, Jon, are also recently retired from Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, where they served as worship and music leaders for nearly 30 years. Anita was on the board of trustees at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and was a founding board member of the Lutheran Community Foundation, now InFaith Community Foundation. As graduates of Gustavus, Anita and Jon are active alumni, currently co-chair the Friends of Music at Gustavus, and are recipients of the Greater Gustavus Award.

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