Rev. Kate Payton

Pastor Kate was born and raised south of Columbus, Ohio, the first of three daughters. Her parents (health teacher and worker’s compensation attorney) are staunch Methodists and she and her sisters were in church at least twice a week. Her ecumenical exposure came from being carted to every VBS any church in the area offered, then off to Methodist church camp, and then a Methodist college (Ohio Northern.)  She met her husband, Abraham, while in her second appointment in D.C. They have been married 5 years. They have a Shih Tzu rescue named Olaf (after Abraham’s alma mater St. Olaf College.)

Kate’s passion for ministry is to heal. Life does bring us more than we can handle, and no one–those harmed and those causing the harm–should have to shoulder the chaos alone. 


Other Staff

Administrative Assistant: Lisa Friesen
Lisa_FriesenLisa Friesen is a member at Glendale and has been the Administrative Assistant since January 2014.  She loves to spend time with her teenage boys and attend lots of sporting events!  Lisa grew up in central Iowa and was raised in a small Methodist church.  She is actively involved at Glendale with the choir, youth education, Women’s Bible Study and the UMW.




Pianist: Kim Peterson
kim_petersonKim has been the pianist at Glendale for the past 16 years. She was raised in Arlington, Minnesota where her mom was the church organist/choir director for almost 50 years prior to her death. She and her husband have been residents of Savage, Minnesota for 30 years and they are proud to be charter members of this church.





Music Coordinator:  Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt

Dan is originally from Glencoe, MN. Since he was old enough to drive he has been playing organ and providing music at local churches around Glencoe. After graduating from Luther College with a music degree, he continued his work in Elk River, Hamburg and then the Boston area. All of these opportunities have helped him prepare for this role–to assist in providing a plethora of music styles, genres and work with everyone’s talents to help us feel connected to worship.