Worship Leaders

Clergy

Rev. Sarah Campbell, Team Lead Minister

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A graduate of Macalester College and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Rev. Campbell served churches in Grand Rapids, MI, and Bemidji, MN, and worked as a campus minister and a community organizer before coming to Mayflower in 2005. Sarah is a fellow of the Fund for Theological Education, a Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Grant recipient, a National Council of Churches Circle of Names Campaign Honoree (2011), a Leyseth award recipient (2010), and a recipient of the Louisville Institute’s Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders (2010, 2016). She was awarded the Avery D. Post Ecumenical and Interfaith Achievement award at the 28th General Synod of the UCC in 2011. Sarah was chosen by the United Church of Christ to serve as a delegate to the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Korea, in 2013. Her publications include “Are you a Theologian?” Prism, (volume 10, spring 2004); “Non Creedal in the Cradle of Creedalism: Six Months In Istanbul,” Prism, (volume 25, spring 2011); “Pilgrimage to Varanasi, the Holy City of Death,” Common Lot (winter 2016) p 12; and “Ars Moriendi et Ars Maerendi: A Guide for Progressive Christians” (self-published 2016). Under Campbell’s leadership, Mayflower has embraced a clear mission for “God’s dream of justice,” partnering in the building of Creekside Commons workforce housing; transforming the church’s pre-school to an all-day early childhood center for mixed-income families; forging a powerful community organizing relationship with ISAIAH; refusing to sign civil wedding licenses until the state’s definition of marriage provided equal marriage rights for all; committing to becoming carbon neutral by 2030; changing the governance model to make the church more nimble and responsive; and building the staff, including a full time associate minister to empower the church’s justice work. She has lived in Avignon, Rome, Istanbul, and London. Sarah’s husband, Gus, is a writer and classics professor. They have two grown daughters, Hope and Hannah.

Rev. Christian Briones, Associate Minister

Christian Briones is a first-generation U.S. citizen and a native of Garland, TX. His mother came to this country from El Salvador and his father from Mexico. During high school, he felt the call to ministry and moved to Abilene to pursue a degree in Biblical Studies from Hardin Simmons University. To build a fresh expression of Christian community, he spent a semester in London with Awaken Church. His Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Sexual and Gender Justice is from Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth. For three years he was named a Walker Preaching Scholar, an award given to Brite students identified as gifted preachers. In addition, he was a part of QUOTA (Queer Union of Thoughtful Academics) and served with The Women’s Center in Fort Worth as an advocate for sexual assault survivors. During seminary, Christian served as Director of Youth and Children at Edge Park United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. He regularly led worship at Edge Park and was responsible for organizing fundraising, community outreach, and youth community-building events. He was ordained at First Congregational UCC, Fort Worth, TX, on May 25, 2019. When not engaged in ministry, Christian unwinds by reading (critical race theory, novels, Marvel comics, and the latest works of his favorite scholars) or writing (journaling to poetry to punchlines in sermons yet to be preached).

Eli’jah Carroll, Director of Faith Formation

A graduate of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, Eli’jah’s focused his studies on liturgical studies and queer theology.  While at seminary, he worked in various capacities as a youth minister, Bible Day Camp director, and youth retreat facilitator, bringing with him in each of those experiences a spirit of helping people of all ages find reason to make ritual and spiritual meaning outside the church walls. Before answering God’s call to return to school and earn a master’s degree in divinity, he worked as a stage manager and assistant stage manager in regional theaters around the country. He brings with him a deep passion for helping children and youth grow their faith through creative rituals and building intergenerational relationships.

Music Leaders

Nancy Grundahl

Nancy Grundahl has been the conductor of the Mayflower Adult Choir for more than 35 years. She is also the children’s choir director at Mayflower. She is the recipient of the 2019 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Choral Directors Association of MN, a prestigious award that recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions, noteworthy servant leadership, and promotion of choral music within their communities and throughout the state of MN. Nancy holds vocal performance degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. As a soprano soloist, she has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout the area, and has taught voice at St. Olaf College. In addition to her work at Mayflower, she is the conductor of the Angelica Cantanti Concert Choir (youth choir) and the Riverside Singers of Augsburg College. More than 60 of her arrangements and compositions for choirs have been published by Santa Barbara, Alliance, Augsburg Fortress and Hal Leonard. She is active as a clinician and guest conductor. Her work with choirs draws upon her experience as a solo singer and voice teacher. Her exploration of vocal techniques for beautiful singing is a focus of her teaching and conducting. She enjoys finding repertoire for the Mayflower Choir that challenges the singers and enhances and deepens the worship experience. Family time at the cabin, taking care of her grandchildren, walking the dog and gardening keep her balanced and full.

Dorothy Williams

Dorothy Williams has served as Mayflower organist for more than 35 years. Her musical experiences began early and continued through a piano major at Texas Wesleyan College, a Masters degree at Colorado State University, and doctoral studies at North Texas State University. She served as staff and recital accompanist in vocal studios at Eastman School of Music, and on the music faculty at North Texas State University, Chicago City College, University of Calgary, University of Western Kentucky, and Texas Woman’s University. In the Twin Cities she has collaborated with various groups, including Harmonia Mundi, Calliope Women’s Chorus, One Voice Mixed Chorus, TransVoices, Vocalpoint, and Mayflower Church to compose and arrange works for performance. She has two children and six grandchildren.

Randi Rexroth

Randi Grundahl Rexroth is the conductor of the Mayflower Youth Choir. She has taught choral music in Minnesota and Wisconsin and grew up in the Mayflower youth music program. Growing up singing at Mayflower was a meaningful experience and she hopes to provide the same for the next generation of singers. As a youth who sang with the late and beloved Dana Blanck, Randi is honored to continue the vibrant tradition of children and youth singing at Mayflower. Currently she teaches at Visitation School in Mendota Heights and is the assistant director at the Twin Cities Women’s Choir. Randi is also an arranger and composer and enjoys creating new pieces for choirs and small ensembles. She loves to garden, knit, and spend time with family at cabins.

Mary Kay Duquette

Mary Kay Duquette, a 20-year member of Mayflower UCC, has been involved in church music her entire life, singing, playing piano, organ or French Horn, and ringing bells as a youth as well as serving as church organist for various churches over the past 40 years. Retired from organ responsibilities, Mary Kay began directing the Mayflower Bells, the adult handbell choir, in fall 2018. Mary Kay holds a bachelor of science in business administration/marketing with a minor in music from Morningside College, as well as a master of science in finance and organizational development from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is a Senior IT Service Delivery Manager for Xcel Energy. Mary Kay enjoys reading, quilting and time with her children and dog.