Laura Kalkwarf
Member at Large

I grew up in South St. Paul, MN and attended Luther College in Decorah, IA.  I graduated with a double major in German and Religion.  My original plan after college was to obtain my Master’s of Divinity degree and be a hospice chaplain.  As I’ve experienced and lived more life, I now realize that I want to be an Occupational Therapist and am hoping to attend St. Catherine’s University to obtain a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

I began attending Hope Grove Church in the summer of 2011 with my husband Troy.  We have been married since 2004 and have four children, a dog, a cat and some fish.  In addition to being a homemaker, I work part-time as a Special Education Paraeducator in the CID (Communication Interaction Disorders) room at Castle Elementary School in Oakdale.  

When I’m not managing the household or working at school, I try to find time to do things that feed my soul.  These include:  quiet times with God, spending time with family and friends, walking, group fitness classes at the YMCA, reading, listening to music, and laughing (I love to laugh!).

I firmly believe that it takes a village to get through life.  Hope Grove has become my village and I am so incredibly thankful to be a part of this community!  I have served in a variety of areas at Hope Grove and am looking forward to using my education and life experiences to continue God’s work, now as a board member.

Emily Nuckolls


Ari Tison

Member at Large


Board Chair


Assistant Board Chair

brenda wetzel

Board Secretary