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) and “A Playbook for Political Action in the Progressive Church”(self published “zine” 2023). 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 retired classics professor. They have two grown daughters, Hope and Hannah.

Rev. Susie Hayward, Transitional Associate Minister for Justice Organizing and Adult Faith Formation

Rev. Hayward came to Mayflower on the heels of two decades’ work in human rights, peacebuilding, and teaching in Minneapolis, Washington, DC, and Boston. Born and raised in Edina, Susie cut her teeth in justice as a teenager skipping school to attend anti-war and queer-rights protests downtown. After a handful of years studying religion, violence, and peace at Harvard and Tufts, practicing Buddhism in Nepal, and working on-the-ground for peace in Sri Lanka, she joined the Religion and Peacebuilding program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Ordained by the UCC in 2009 to the ministry of religious peacebuilding, her work at USIP had her partnering worldwide with religious leaders of different faiths and backgrounds to transform violence and advance justice. More recently, Susie helped build the Religion and Public Life program at Harvard Divinity School. She co-edited the book Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen and has published widely in various policy fora, academic journals, and popular media. Susie returned home to Minnesota in 2023 and lives in Minneapolis with her husband Nick, who runs Pachyderm Studios, stepkid Wren, and a few cats. Her side hustles include struggling to complete her dissertation, advising organizations advancing just peace, inserting Prince lyrics to quotidian conversation, and backcountry camping.

Bree McKee-Miller, Director of Faith Formation

Mayflower member Bree McKee-Miller (she/her) holds a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in History from Chapman University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She is a writer, fiber artist, knitting instructor, rock climber, and geek. She is fundamentally a creative with a passion for empowering others to try new things, express themselves, find meaning, and be understood. She lives in Eagan with her husband Greg, daughter Chloe, and new King Charles Spaniel puppy Nezuko. Bree has been a member of Mayflower for roughly a decade and looks forward to serving the church community over the next several months.

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.

Franco Holder

Franco comes to us with 20+ years of experience in church music after serving Methodist, Lutheran and Unitarian churches, and he shines in many different areas. Besides being a highly skilled pianist and organist who is fluent in many styles (classical, contemporary, jazz, blues, gospel and pop), Franco has experience with bell choirs, children’s choirs, conducting, composing, musical theater, performing and teaching. He will conduct our Mayflower Bell Choir and perhaps start a chime choir for children in the near future. He says that his favorite  part of being a church organist is accompanying the choirs and forming relationships. He holds degrees in piano and organ performance from Indiana University and in religious studies from Iowa State University.

Randi Rexroth

Randi Grundahl Rexroth is the conductor of the Mayflower Youth Choir and the Mayflower Handbell 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.