Staff and Clergy






Rev. Pat Hinker

Rev. Patricia Hinker is a retired United Methodist clergywoman serving during this transitional time as we prepare to receive a new pastor. She brings a broad range of experience and training for transitional ministry. She has a background in business, as a manager for AT&T. She has served small and mid-sized churches in Greater Minnesota and in the neighborhoods of St. Paul. Her experience includes time as the Director of Ministries for the Minnesota Annual Conference and Southwest District Superintendent. A trained interim minister, clergy coach, and church consultant, she serves in retirement helping congregations to find and live into the new future that God holds for them. Her gifts for interim ministry include a listening ear and ability to ‘speak the truth in love’, helping the Gospel to come alive at the point of our need through preaching, vision development and strategic planning. She loves children and is excited about to coming to know our children and youth. She looks forward to listening to our adults about their hopes and dreams for the future. She loves to sing, and will be joining our church choir. The joy of her life is her daughter, Amy, and her ‘granddog’ Norman. She also enjoys spending time with friends at movies and concerts. Her hobbies include knitting, reading and photography. She looks forward with great anticipation to her time with us as our pastor from February 1 – July 1.


Sharon Weber, Administrator
651-699-1335 (office)

Sharon Weber is a graduate of Hamline University and has brought her talents from working in the publishing & marketing industry to her administrative work at Fairmount. She is passionate about sharing God’s love with others through her service at FAUMC. In addition to working on several committees, Sharon has been privileged to serve the congregation in the role of Administrator for 15 years. Sharon enjoys teaching Sunday School and playing in the Heritage Ringers. Sharon Weber and her husband Steve have been members of Fairmount Avenue for 21 years and are the parents of 3 children.

Steve Rosenberg, Director of Music

Steve Rosenberg has been organist at Fairmount since 1971. He has directed Fairmount’s Adult Choir since 1981. A St. Paul native, Steve graduated from Macalester College and undertook graduate study at the University of Minnesota. He studied organ with Earl Barr, Heinrich Fleischer, and Peter LeHuray. In addition to serving as Fairmount’s music director, Steve also serves on the music staff at Nativity Church in St. Paul. His double CD album of organ music, Notes from Nativity, was released in 2008. To mark his fortieth anniversary at Fairmount, Steve premiered two commissioned organ works by James Biery. In his spare time he enjoys reading, listening to music, working puzzles, and walking with his Lhasa Apso, Buddy.


Mike Kelly, Interim Children and Youth Ministry Assistant

Mike Kelly been teaching martial arts (whole body / mind / intentful spirit training) to children, youth, and adults since 1991. As a master level instructor and practitioner, he operates the largest Moo Duk Kwan school for children and youth in Minnesota and has a deeply personal passion for working with children and youth to help guide them and build their potential for strong leadership with moral grounding.  As a 25-year IT professional, he has trained college age youth and adults on technology best practice use since 1995 and strives to look for ways to communicate complex concepts and terminology into terms and methods easier for lay folks. Mike has been an active member of FAUMC since 2007 serving in roles of trustee, youth council co-chair, parent volunteer and along with his wife, Janelle, served as a Sunday school teacher and continues to help plan and lead the silent auction and youth summer trips for the last several years. Mike and Janelle have three children who have been active in the Children and Youth ministries at Fairmount.



Mindy Way-Johnson, Director of Heritage Ringers and Children’s Bell Choirs

Mindy Way-Johnson first experienced handbells in Jr. High. “Our new pastor brought a set of handbells with him! Since then, I have been involved as a ringer or director almost continuously. I love the sound of handbells and the music they create. But I love even more the relationships that develop in bell choirs. I have been a church musician most of my life; directing singing and bell choirs and playing piano and organ. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and a Master of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Currently, I am the music teacher at Central Park Elementary School in Roseville. My husband, Terry, is a guidance counselor at Roseville Area High School. We live in St Anthony Village and have 3 children. Drew lives in St Paul and is working on an elementary education degree. Sam is a student at UMD and is working on a music education degree. Emmalee is a student at Luther College and is also working on a music education degree. I feel very fortunate to be working with the bell choirs at FAUMC. I have never encountered a more friendly and supportive congregation.”


Laura Mazhari, Followers Youth Choir Director and Children’s Choir Director  

Laura Mazhari earned her Bachelors degree in Music Theory Composition with an emphasis in Piano and Vocal performance from the University Minnesota, Duluth.  Music and performance have been an integral part of her life since she was a young child. She has joyfully directed the Children’s Choir for 9 years and our Youth choir, the Followers, for a total of 4 years. Laura believes strongly that through participation in choir, young people have an opportunity to both serve their church and to minister to others through music. Laura believes that music ministry gives children and youth an opportunity to take a  leadership role in worship services and builds their Christian character. When children and youth sing scripture, they remember it for a lifetime! Laura has two children and has been a member of Fairmount Avenue for over 9 years.


Deborah Salinas, Nursery Assistant

Deborah Salinas has worked in the early childhood care field for over 20 years. She currently holds a position at Sandcastle Child Care Center in St. Paul and has been there since 1997. In her position at Sandcastle she plans and implements a daily program for the younger preschool class. She also assists the director with issues concerning the toddler/preschool program and openly communicates with the parents. Debbie lives in Little Canada with her husband Joe and her dog Gopher. She will be in the nursery on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings and on the second and third Tuesday of each month during church meetings. Stop by and say “hi!” She enjoys meeting everyone here at Fairmount.


Muriel S. Olson, BS, RN, Parish Nurse

Muriel received her diploma in nursing from Ancker Hospital School of Nursing, St. Paul and BS in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She completed the Parish Nurse Program provided by Concordia College, Moorhead. Muriel worked at Ancker Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Health One Home Care and lastly for St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health. First, part time providing long hours of care to people in their homes. She then worked on the full time staff providing services for people with disabilities and/or mental illness in their homes. The last 10 years she provided aftercare for chemically dependent women who had been a part of the Mother’s First Project during their pregnancies. Following retirement in 2002 Muriel completed the Parish Nurse training and started the Parish Nurse program at Cleveland Ave. UMC and then at Fairmount Ave. UMC. Muriel’s husband is Roger, they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Through the past 50 years Muriel has also volunteered with Red Cross Disaster Health Services.