Plymouth Church Welcomes Our

New Members

June 2, 2024

This week, meet

Ella Breitenfeldt

My name is Ella, and I have lived in Minneapolis since last fall. I grew up in central Wisconsin but lived in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Delaware before settling here. My passions include traveling, poetry, spending time in nature, and cooking. For my career, I put my love for youth development to work as a Teen Specialist for the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities. My lifelong, winding journey with my faith has always centered around affirmation and action, which made Plymouth’s Third Sunday Meals and open community so welcoming to me.

Joel Beam

Joel Beam is a life-long Michigander with a few years away for college at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio, followed by post-grad degrees in music from Colorado College and the University of Michigan. Alongside his work in music, it became clear that his principal life’s work lay in Christian ministry. This mid-life turn took him to McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and eventually to a very rewarding career as a chaplain at the University of Michigan Hospital. Ordained at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, he later worked there as Minister of Pastoral Care. Joel has been married to Kathy for 58 years. They have one child, Myrl, who is a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and two young grandchildren ages 5 and 8.

Kathy Beam

Kathryn Beam is newly arrived in Minnesota after having lived for many years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she worked as a rare book librarian at the University of Michigan, concentrating primarily with books and manuscripts from around 600 to 1600 A.D. as well as with collections of literary authors, even including some from the 20th century. In her free time she played the French horn with many different ensembles in southeastern Michigan, her favorite being jobs with pit orchestras. Kathy has been a member of two Congregational churches, one in Cleveland, Ohio, and one in Ann Arbor, both, like Plymouth, having long histories dating from the mid-nineteenth century, and known locally for their commitment to the arts and social justice. Kathy has been married to Joel Beam for 58 years. They have one child, Myrl, who is a professor at Macalester College and two young grandchildren ages 5 and 8.

Ella Breitenfeldt

My name is Ella, and I have lived in Minneapolis since last fall. I grew up in central Wisconsin but lived in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Delaware before settling here. My passions include traveling, poetry, spending time in nature, and cooking. For my career, I put my love for youth development to work as a Teen Specialist for the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities. My lifelong, winding journey with my faith has always centered around affirmation and action, which made Plymouth’s Third Sunday Meals and open community so welcoming to me.

Faith & James Clark

James and Faith Clark live in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul with their daughters Ivy (5) and Eden (3). We are an active family that enjoys spending time at playgrounds, swimming, biking, and in nature. Ivy was baptized at Plymouth in 2018 by Reverend Paula Northwood and Eden was baptized in 2021 by Reverend Seth Patterson. Faith stays at home with Ivy and Eden, and she previously worked as a social worker and grant writer. James is a prosecutor at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, where he has worked for many years. Our family feels fortunate to have found Plymouth Church, and we look forward to exploring and deepening our faith at Plymouth.

Molly Falk

I grew up in Janesville, WI. A highlight of my 20s was working for the Peace Corps in a small Turkish village. It is also where I met my husband, Clarence. We moved to Minneapolis in 1968, where I spent many years raising children before working as a domestic abuse advocate. Currently, I enjoy spending time with our daughters and their families, as well as volunteering at the Assistance League Thrift Shop. My husband and I were long time members of Linden Hills U.C.C. until it closed. I find Plymouth warm and welcoming and enjoy the worship services.

Vikki McVean

I grew up in a small town in extreme northwestern Minnesota and attended Macalester College, following which I lived in London for 10 years. I have lived in south Minneapolis since 1983. My working life was spent in administrative positions for various non-profit organizations. I am now happily retired, and my interests are reading, music (which initially brought me to Plymouth), gardening, theater and art events, travelling and volunteering.

Loie Meyer

I began attending Plymouth about 5 months ago and have found the community to be exceptionally welcoming, inclusive and inspiring, a community I’d like to support and be a part of. Hence, the next right thing to do is to make my commitment public and become a contributing member! I have a long work history in education and mental health and hope to find ways to contribute those skills and others to the Plymouth community.

I am widowed and have five adult children.