Rev. Dr. Tom Biatek - pastor
Tom is pastor of the Arlington Hills United Methodist Church. Of all the wonderful responsibilities a pastor holds, he enjoys leading worship and teaching most of all. He has been a pastor for over 25 years, serving in Iowa and Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree (major in philosophy) from the University of California, Davis, a Masters of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University. Tom currently serves on several Conference and District committees and has taught the preaching unit of the Lay Servant Training program.
Tom has been a long time volunteer with the Simpson Shelter in Minneapolis, worked tutoring elementary aged children in reading, led several mission trips to New Orleans for Hurricane Isaac and Katrina relief and also led pilgrimages to the Methodist historic sites in England and to the Holy Land. Tom is also an avid hiker and enjoys a good bike ride when he can. He has been married for over thirty years to his wife, Jill, and has two grown children.
When leading worship and in ministry, Pastor Tom likes to emphasize the wonderful gift we call 'grace' which welcomes all into God's kingdom. “A church,” he says. “Should work to share with the world the love we have received from God as we seek to build God's kingdom here on earth.” His ministry is marked with an emphasis on inclusive ministry, exploring the wisdom of the Bible, missions and mentoring the next generation into ministry.
Martha Rice - Director of Community Outreach
Martha, a life-long member of Arlington Hills, became the Community Outreach Director at the end of 2010. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Martha worked in Human Resources for over 20 years for Fortune 500 companies.
She is excited to be on staff now with her church doing community outreach!
Cindy Klomp - Administrative Assistant
Cindy is a graduate of Mankato State University and the University of St. Thomas. She worked as a software engineer for several years until she took an “early retirement” to raise her family. Once the kids were school age Cindy returned to the working world as a teacher’s aide and office assistant for several years before coming to Arlington Hills.
Cindy lives in Maplewood with her husband and three children teenage children.
LEAH HARDING - ORGANIST
Leah is a graduate of Bethel and a member of the American Organ guild. She is an accomplished organist, pianist and teacher. Leah was recently honored by Osher Lifelong Living Institute at the University of Minnesota. Leah has played our Lawrence Phelps & Associates organ for Michael Barone’s fall tour.
In the spring of 2013 Leah released her first CD of piano music entitled "Play Misty For Me". It has truly been a labor of love for Leah and her husband John. It was recorded in our sanctuary and contains many of our favorites. Copies of the CD are available by contacting the church. The cost is $12.99 and all proceeds will go to the PET (Personal Energy Transportation) Project - a global charity addressing the needs of those who are unable to walk due to disability, impairment or injury.
Leah brings a wonderful spirit of joy as well as the awesome presence of God in her music.
Linda Oberg - treasurer
Our newest staff member, Linda Oberg, has actually been with us for a very long time. Linda grew up at Arlington Hills and has been our volunteer treasurer for many, many years. In 2016 she was formally brought onto our staff as our accountant.
In addition to her many years as our volunteer bookkeeper and service on the church council, she has been a long-time member of Hannah Circle and is in her second term as UMW President. Linda's love for music shows, as a member of the Chancel Choir and as volunteer director for our youth, senior high and adult Golden Bells Choirs.
We would like to recognize and thank Linda for her hard work and dedication to Arlington Hills UMC over the years.