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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors determines policy and procedure, creates strategic plans and goals, and oversees the church’s finances. You'll find meeting minutes on the Recent Publications page.



Margie Grilley

Margie has spent her professional life working as a medical librarian, mostly for medical device companies, including Boston Scientific. She is a 20+ year member of WBLUMC and has been actively involved on numerous committees and projects. Her children Davis and Clare are both confirmands and Appalachian Service Project alumni. She lives in Mahtomedi with her husband Dorian and their high-energy bluetick coonhound Leah. In her spare time, Margie likes to sew, Nordic ski, bike, and travel.



 Wes Erwin

Wes and his wife Debby have been members of WBLUMC since 2009. They have two children: Wyatt, who is 15 and has been confirmed in the church, and Jordan, who is 13 and will begin confirmation this year. Wes is a licensed counselor and spent 12 years teaching at Minnesota State University Moorhead before becoming a stay-at-home dad and developing his skills at writing children’s books. Wes’ published books include Boundary Waters ABC (AdventureKeen) and Fire and Ashes: A Boy and an African Proverb (The Little Fig) which is due out in fall 2021. He is working on other picture books and a middle-grade novel. He has previously served on numerous church committees, most recently the Staff Parish Committee. Wes enjoys canoeing, camping, Boundary Waters Trips, basketball, and scouting activities with his sons.

 David Kittleson

David and his wife Dawn have been members of WBLUMC for the past 16 years. They have two children, Andrea and Paul, who were confirmed at the church. David has previously served on Staff Parish-Relations Committee. David and Dawn have been deeply involved in many medical mission trips to Honduras. They continue to support godchildren at NPH Honduras. David is a retired orthopedic surgeon after a very rewarding private practice for nearly 30 years. Currently they enjoy biking, hiking, road trips to National Parks, winter ski trips and summers at their lake home on Madeline Island.


Chinwendu Oji

Chinwendu and his wife Angela have been members of WBLUMC for about 11 years. They have three children, Ihe, Olu and Kachi. Olu and Kachi were baptized at WBLUMC. Chinwendu and Angela relocated to the U.S. from Nigeria in 2008 and were members of a United Methodist Church in Nigeria. The family now lives in North St Paul. Chinwendu works for a security company and his wife in the medical sector. He is also the current Treasurer of UFU of Minnesota, which is a Nigerian association in the United States.


Jan Peterson

Jan has been a member of WBLUMC since 1997. During the past 23 years, she has served on numerous committees including Children’s Ministry, Staff-Parish Relations and Small Groups. Her children, Madison and Kyle Bjostad, attended Sunday school and were confirmed in the church. Jan and husband Jon Nedved have five children between the, and two granddaughters. Jan has worked for the 2nd Judicial District as a Court Operation Supervisor for the past 28 years; Jon is an environmental engineer at Residio. They love the outdoors, and most weekends you'll find them camping, hiking or snowshoeing. Jan also loves gardening, cooking and history, and the family has two rescue dogs, Ferbert and Yoko. As Jan says, "Life is never dull in our household!"

Al Rausch

Al and his wife Nancy have been members of WBLUMC since 1985. Their three children, Katie, Mike, and Derek, grew up in and were confirmed in the church. Al and Nancy have been very involved in missions and were part of Appalachian Service Project for more than 15 years. Al has served in multiple capacities over the years—Sunday School teacher, Finance Committee, Men's Club Wild Game Dinner organizer, and more. He currently works as the Business Unit President for Travel Tags, Incorporated, a Taylor Corporation Company. 

 Margaret Westin

Margaret is a retired attorney, working most recently conducting workplace investigations. She has also served as General Counsel for Osseo Area Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools. Margaret and her husband Randy LaFoy have belonged to WBLUMC for 30 years. Their three children, Becca, Sonja and Ed LaFoy, were confirmed in the church. Margaret sings in the chancel choir and is on the Congregational Care Team. She was previously on Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Margaret enjoys outdoor activities as well as knitting, weaving and reading. She and Randy also travel when they can.