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Mike Dyrdal



“I grew up in a family that went to church every week. I learned about God and could give the right answers on the confirmation test, but God was still kind of a vague and distant concept. Then through a high school ministry called Young Life, I encountered the love of Jesus Christ. I discovered that God was really interested in us and has a smile on his face. I began to follow Jesus Christ. Now years later, He is still teaching and showing me new things every day, if I pay attention.

I feel blessed and privileged to have the greatest job in the world – to help people discover that God loves us more than we can imagine – a God who believes in us and has hopes and dreams for our lives. I get to work with other followers of Christ who are willing to set aside their own personal preferences to serve Christ and work hard to bless others and the world. It’s an amazing privilege.” Mike became the lead pastor of Cross Winds in 2012. He and Kathy have two grown children and two grandsons.

Mike loves great movies, American history, jazz, the Twins and Vikings, photography, and a great hamburger.

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Rachel Devereaux

Associate Pastor, Director of Student & Young Adult Ministries

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Twitter: @cwumchigh

Hi Friend! My name is Rachel Devereaux, and I have the absolute honor of serving Cross Winds UMC as their Director of Youth Ministries. I have been working with young people for almost 20 years. I am married to Jeff and we have 2 beautiful daughters, Madison and Ashley. We also have 2 awesome rescue dogs, Duke and Max”! 

It is my hope that every youth who is a part of our ministry at Cross Winds will feel the love of the Lord, and fully know that they are beloved sons and daughters of Christ who are made in the image of God! I look forward to being the hands and feet with you on your student’s journey! Hearts and warm hugs!

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Amber Lahtinen

Director of Children's Ministries

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrosswindsUMCKids/
Twitter: @CWUMCkids

Ambers’ favorite Bible verse is Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” She says, “It always brings a smile to my face!” 

Amber began her ministry at Cross Winds in April of 2016 when she joined our nursery staff.  With her husband Andy, daughter Lilyana, and son Jude, Amber has a  deep faith and a lifelong love of children and sharing God’s love with our littlest ones.

Amber joined the Cross Winds Children's Ministry roll in 2019 as a further calling to know kids, families and volunteers who are part of our growing church. She is working to serve within the church and our community, glorifying God in all she does.

Contact the church office to connect with Amber or on Sunday mornings to introduce yourself, share your ideas and get to know her. 

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Lori Lahtinen

Director of Worship & Music


Hi, my name is Lori Lahtinen and I am the Director of Worship and Music. I am a charter member of Cross Winds and have been the music director since 1999.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Music Minor from the University of Minnesota.  

I retired from teaching after 37 years and have been enjoying spending more of my time making worship music. traveling, and enjoying my family including three wonderful grandchildren.   I feel it is an honor and gift to work at the church I love, with the people I love, serving the God I love. Thank-you, Cross Winds, for the privilege of growing in discipleship in God’s Kingdom with you.

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Michelle Schober

Music/Worship Administrator


Michelle Schober and I am the Worship Administrator.  I have been a member of Cross Winds since March 2004 and a staff member since May 2007.  I grew up in Dallas City, IL.  I went to MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL where I received my degree in Computer Science and Business.

I currently live in Maple Grove with my husband Steve and our two children John and Ashley.  I enjoy everything I do at Cross Winds, but especially enjoy singing and working with the kids of the church.

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Nancy Betterman



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David Hughes



Hello, my name is David Hughes.  I have held the position of Treasurer for Cross Winds United Methodist Church since 2002.  My wife Nancy and I have been members of Cross Winds since 1993.  I have had the pleasure of serving on the Finance Team since we joined the Church and have been a member of both Building Teams.

I hold a BA in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas and work as the Controller of Bowman and Brooke LLP, a law firm based in Minneapolis.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my Family and Friends, Fly fishing, Hunting and Softball.

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Lori Goldstein



Hi I am Lori Goldstein, I am the Church Administrator of Cross Winds UMC.  I have been with Cross Winds since 1999.  I am also a member of Cross Winds along with my husband Jeff.  I have lived in the Twin Cities area my entire life.

I attended North Hennepin CC and have an Associate of Arts degree in business.  I have worked many years in the banking industry, directing the activities of mortgage loan closing departments.  My main focus was to ensure that all loans met with the company, title and regulatory compliance requirements.

I am also a dance instructor at Summit Dance Shoppe. I have been with the studio for over 30 years.  I also enjoy performing and competing in ballroom dance formation (with my husband Jeff), tap/jazz ladies team and a holiday kickline/tap performance team. When you are at Cross Winds during the week days, stop by the office and say hi.

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Harold Biederman

Pastor Emeritus


At Pine Crest Assembly Grounds in Colorado in June of 1950 my pastor said, “Harold, I believe that God is calling you to be a minister” This was the beginning of a journey that led from New Mexico to college in Iowa, to a student pastorate in Minnesota. Then on to United Seminary in Dayton, Ohio for three years where I continued as a student pastor.

After graduation in June of 1963, it was back to Minnesota where for the next 37 years, I served churches in the Minnesota Annual Conference. In June 2000, it was time to retire from active ministry. Maple Grove became our retirement home and Cross Winds became our church home. That first year, I was invited to serve as Pastor Emeritus at Cross Winds, a volunteer position I have filled for the past 15 years. I have sought to serve by preaching, teaching, visiting, working in mission and helping where I am needed at Cross Winds and elsewhere.

In August, 1958 Karen and I were married. We have two children, Linda & Mark. Our five grandchildren range in age from 19-28. Family, church, and VIM service are important parts of our life and ministry together. This life trip has been a great adventure with all the ups and downs that have filled our days. Thanks be to God who leads us on this life-long journey! My guide for ministry and life is John Wesley’s Rule. “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can, in all the places you can. At all the times you can, to all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

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Shirley Duncanson

Pastor Emeritus