Brody Tejkl

 

Title: Recruiter

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: brody.tejkl@spo.org

Brody is from a small town in northwest Ohio called Napoleon. He is the son of Brian and Becky Tejkl and has two siblings, a younger brother Braxton, and an older sister Bailey. Growing up in a Catholic family, Brody was baptized as a baby, and was confirmed in eighth grade as an adult member of the church. Around then, however, he began to fall away from his faith. He was very active in high school, being involved in soccer and various clubs. He was also in National Honor Society, finishing in the top 10% of his class.

Upon graduating high school, Brody received a scholarship to DII Wheeling Jesuit University to continue playing soccer. After being there for a year he transferred to The Ohio State University, where he chose to major in business specializing in human resources. While at Ohio State, Brody came back to his faith after becoming involved with the Newman Center and Saint Paul’s Outreach. After the personal and intentional investment by a member of SPO, Brody decided to live in SPO’s Household program his senior year. With the formation in the Household program Brody came to know the joy of Christ and became more involved in leading small groups and sending others forth to spread the joy. 

Brody enjoys being outside, playing sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee), watching movies, and hanging out with friends and family. 

"You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee." - St. Augustine

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Christina Smith

 

Title: Senior Director of Mission Oversight

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: christina.smith@spo.org


Having earned a Masters degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Christina also teaches in the Diaconate Formation Program for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and the Catechetical Institute of the University of St. Thomas.

Saint Paul's Outreach has become a family affair for Christina. She resides in Lakeville, a suburb of Minneapolis, with her husband Dan (SPO staff 1986-88 and a current Minnesota Formation leader) and the youngest of her five children. Their eldest four children have been active members of SPO, with the oldest having served as a Missionary at the University of Minnesota Chapter for two years.

 

 

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Hannah Quense

 

Title: Gift Operations Supervisor

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: hannah.quense@spo.org

Hannah hails from the glorious land of New Jersey, where she learned the importance of standing up for and defending what she loves even when everyone else in the world seems to be against it. This defense of what she loves not only refers to her Jersey pride (which is said to rival that of the Texas pride of her SPO brothers and sisters at Texas State), but also to her Catholic faith. As a result, Hannah is excited to make a stand in her faith by following the Lord’s call in her life to serve with SPO and to make a change in students’ lives just like SPO had done in her own life.

Hannah recently graduated from Seton Hall University, following in the footsteps of three of her five siblings. Graduating with a degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics, a minor in Catholic Studies, and a certificate in Information Technologies, Hannah is looking forward to utilizing the different aspects of her studies as she serves with the Development Team in the SPO National Headquarters. However, when Hannah isn’t acting as the glue that holds all of the inner workings of SPO together, she can be found spending time outdoors, playing the ukulele, or most likely laughing at her own jokes.

When asked what is going to be the most challenging part of serving with SPO in Minnesota, Hannah is quoted to have said, “Many people might think that the hardest part of leaving New Jersey to serve in Minnesota is the climate change, the frigid winters, and the obvious need for an extensive wardrobe of wool parkas, but in reality the most challenging thing will be surviving pumping my own gas every day as I mourn the loss of real bagels and Taylor Ham.”

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Vanessa Lutes

 

Title: National Director of Events

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: vanessa.lutes@spo.org


Vanessa was born and raised in New Jersey, receiving her degree in theology from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Her first introduction to Minnesota was serving with NET Ministries for two years, followed by five years on staff with Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas. With Campus Ministry she held several positions including Retreats and Communications Coordinator, Associate Director of Evangelization and Outreach, and Acting Director of Campus Ministry.

As the National Director of Events, Vanessa coordinates details and logistics for fundraising events including banquets, partners in mission events, and various other functions, as well as overseeing the Marketing and Communications team. 

Vanessa loves playing board games and card games, reading historical fiction novels, and investing in friendships. 

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Katie Burke

 

Title: National Property Manager, Communications Coordinator

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: katie.burke@spo.org


One of five kids, Katie’s always been the one to take charge and do everything. Thankfully, this desire for control has served her well: prior to joining Saint Paul's Outreach, she established the communications position at Holy Family Catholic High School (2002-2008) and expanded communications and marketing initiatives at Third Wave Systems (2008-2013). On the other hand, her personality also tends to generate an inordinate number of pet peeves: knuckle-cracking, grammatical errors, people licking their thumbs before sorting papers, inconsistent driving speeds, and the use of Papyrus font, just to name a few.

Her family instilled a strong sense of faith from day one, but that faith truly found a home in Katie when she began participating in the Bible studies. After exhausting the available courses, she next dove into "non-Bible studies" focused on the Traditions of the Church, the Rediscover initiative through the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, and completed a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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Mark Archibald

 

Title: Senior Director of Mission Support

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: mark@spo.org


Mark hails from across the pond: the United Kingdom. He has been working for Saint Paul's Outreach since 2006; prior to that, he served with an affiliated ministry in Michigan, which is where his wife is from. They have six children, Iain, Lydia, Annie, Lucy, Joey, and Sophie, and live in Woodbury, MN. Mark has a Bachelor's degree in Theology from King’s College London and a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and doing pretty much anything related to sports, especially disc golf!

Mark's favourite verse from Scripture is: “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)

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Nathan Metzinger

 

Title: Chief Mission Officer

Mission Center: National Headquaters

Contact: nathan.metzinger@spo.org

Nathan joined SPO in January of 2017 as its new Chief Mission Officer. Growing up, he lived in Korea, Japan, Spain, Hawaii, and numerous places within the continental U.S. before attending Texas A&M University where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science. Nathan then moved to the Twin Cities where he served with NET Ministries both as a missionary and as a Team Supervisor. He benefited from SPO formation during this time and was part of an SPO small group. Following NET, Nathan served as the Executive Director of Twin Cities TEC while concurrently earning his Master’s in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas. In 2004, after 8 years in the mission field, Nathan left to pursue a career in Human Resources with particular emphasis on recruiting, training, and organizational development with both Fortune 500 and small privately held companies. Nathan lives in Woodbury Minnesota with his wife, Caroline, and their six children.

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David Fischer

 

Title: Vice President for Advancement

Mission Centers: National Headquarters

Contact: david.fischer@spo.org


David joined Saint Paul's Outreach in December of 2015 in the National Headquarters as Vice President for Advancement. He brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and fundraising expertise to SPO that assists the organization in national and development initiatives and ongoing expansion efforts.

David is a native of Minnesota and has deep roots in the Twin Cities Catholic community. He served one year with NET Ministries before entering Saint John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas, from which he graduated with degrees in Philosophy and Catholic Studies. Following graduation, David joined the SPO staff for two years and worked closely with the Campus Ministry Department at St. Thomas. Thereafter, he pursued post-graduate studies at St. Thomas School of Law and upon graduation, was hired by the Catholic Community Foundation in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. As the Director of Gift Planning and Legal Affairs, he focused on fundraising and planned giving efforts. David then spent four years working in the entertainment industry developing and financially seeding feature film, television, and documentary projects with Catholic and values-driven themes. He now invests his vast array of skills and experience to the development and fundraising efforts within SPO's growing national organization. 

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Greg Schiffer

 

Title: Vice President for Administration

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: greg.schiffer@spo.org


Greg Schiffer lives in West Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is married with six children and five grandchildren. He spent 21 years working in finance for three Fortune 500 companies across three different industries. Later he transitioned to the small business marketplace for thirteen years. Greg has created numerous companies and provided consulting serves to the small business entrepreneur. As a young adult, he was very involved in campus ministry at the universities of Saint Thomas and Minnesota. Over the years, Greg came to know some of the Saint Paul's Outreach staffers and frequently heard stories of the many wonderful things the Lord has been doing through the SPO's mission. He joined SPO as a part time consultant in 2013, and in November of 2015 was invited to expand his role in a full time capacity as its Chief Financial Officer, and in January of 2018 he assumed the role of Vice President for Administration. Greg is delighted to be part of the SPO team and looks forward to doing his part to support and advance the mission of Saint Paul's Outreach.

 

 

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Gordon DeMarais

 

Title: President & Founder

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: gordy@spo.org


A long-standing and nationally recognized leader in Catholic evangelization, Gordy has been involved in youth and young adult ministry since his own young adult years. Together with several other zealous university students, he founded Saint Paul’s Outreach on the campus of the University of Saint Thomas in the early 1980s and serves as SPO’s current President. SPO is now a leading movement in the renewal of Catholic evangelization on college campuses throughout the country reaching over 15,000 students annually. SPO alumni are emerging as leaders in the Church and society and well over 150 of its alumni as priests and/or religious.

Gordy continues to be actively involved with the teaching, formation, and evangelization of university students and young adults in the Twin Cities area and around the country. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from The Saint Paul Seminary. Gordy has taught courses on Evangelization for the Deaconate Formation Program and St. Paul Seminary, conducted retreats for seminarians at the North American College in Rome, developed curriculum for the office of marriage and family life for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and is a national speaker. Gordy is senior leader in the Community of Christ the Redeemer, a Catholic lay community of over 800 members. He remains dedicated to renewing the Church and transforming the culture for Christ.

Boards and Organizational Leaders:

  • Catholic Campus Ministry Association (Vice-chair)

  • USCCB Alliance for Catholic Campus Ministry

  • NET Ministries (founding board member)

  • University Christian Outreach

  • Community of Christ the Redeemer (Senior Leader)

For his work in evangelization, Gordy is the recipient of the following awards:

  • Relevant Radio Christ Brings Hope award (2018)

  • NET Ministries Distinguished Alumnus award (2012)

  • Saint Paul Seminary Distinguished Alumni award (2009)

  • Catholic Defense League’s Catholic Man of the Year award (2007)

Gordy and his wife Teresa have six children and 5 grandchildren. Three of his children and his son-in-law serve as missionaries with Saint Paul’s Outreach. They live in Inver Grove Heights, MN and are parishioners at St. Peter’s in Mendota.

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Andrew Rydlund

 
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Title:  Minnesota Development Officer

Mission Center: Minnesota

Contact: andrew.rydlund@spo.org

Andrew grew up on a farm just north of Chippewa Falls, WI. After experiencing a deep conversion the summer before his senior year of high school, Andrew came to understand that if he desired to be truly happy in this life, he would have to radically  change the way he was living. He began frequenting the sacraments and growing in his understanding of God’s powerful love for every individual. What affected Andrew the most were his mediations on the passion and death of Jesus, since these were what gave him the desire to evangelize. Following the enkindling of this newfound desire, Andrew entered Saint John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN., and remained there throughout his freshman, sophomore, and junior years of college.

During Andrew’s semester abroad in Rome, he heard the Lord calling him in a new direction. With the help of his spiritual and formation directors, Andrew discerned that God was calling him to marriage, and thus, left seminary. A year later, he graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Philosophy, Catholic Studies, and Classical Languages and married a lovely woman named Hannah. Three years later they have made their home in Roseville, MN and are the blessed parents of two boys; Leopold (2 years) and Gabriel (newborn). In his free time Andrew enjoys reading, competing in sports, playing cards, and enjoying the natural beauty of God’s creation.

Joseph D'Amato

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Title: Mission Director

Mission Center: Kansas

Contact: joe.damato@spo.org

Joe never wanted to be a Saint Paul's Outreach Missionary. He graduated with a degree in Business Management from Kean University, a small state school in New Jersey. A New Jersey native, Joe had started a landscaping company that was on track to provide financially and fulfill his childhood dreams. However, after some circumstantial changes in his personal life during senior year of college, Joe experienced a profound call and conviction that God was calling him to lay down two of his post college years to serve this mission. Joe had lived in an SPO men’s Household for three years and been involved with the outreach at Seton Hall University, so he knew both the need for college outreach and the awesome approach SPO has to providing support and formation for students to live out their faith. After spending his first year working at Benedictine College, Joe spent his second year starting the Johnson County Community College Chapter in Kansas City.

Joe's hobbies include running, playing guitar, listening to music, spending time with his family, working outside, and having conversations with people. One of the most meaningful verses from scripture for him has been a line from St. Paul: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Joe's prayer is that his life will not be defeated or afraid of evil, but that he can stand amidst it as a loving and faithful witness to Jesus Christ.


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Michela Brooks

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Title: Development Officer

Mission Center: Northeast

Contact: michela.brooks@spo.org

Michela has lived on the west coast for the majority of her life with her big, happy, Catholic family. She is the oldest of 10 kids and loves it. In her (biased) opinion, the noise, love, and adventures are always bigger in a large family! After high school, she served with the National Evangelization Teams (NET Ministries) for two years. Following NET, Michela attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and joined the Saint Paul's Outreach community. During her four years at BC she fell in love with Benedictine spirituality and the SPO community. As a former Benedictine tour guide, she will be the first to tell you (or your senior in high school) that Benedictine is the best Catholic college in the U.S.! Michela is excited to be working with the organization that gave her the opportunity to know the Lord in a deeply personal way. To this day few things give her as much joy as getting to share her faith with others..

Whether at home or away, Michela loves to run, read, knit, explore new cities and coffee shops, try new foods, go thrifting, meet new people, and enjoys a good surprise! Nothing has surprised her more than the fondness that has grown in her heart for the one and only Garden State.


Dominic DeMatte

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Title: Regional Development Director

Region: Ohio

Contact: dominic@spo.org

Dominic’s zeal, passion and dedication to Jesus and his Kingdom is largely due to his involvement with Saint Paul’s Outreach during his last two years of college at The Ohio State University. Upon his graduation in 2005, he began working as a full-time missionary with Saint Paul’s Outreach, and what a great decision it was to join such an awesome team of missionaries!  

Dominic considers it a joy and honor to serve with an amazing ministry like Saint Paul's Outreach!  Not only has his love for the Lord increased through this work, but he has had the opportunity to see hundreds of young people deepen their relationship with the living God and profess Jesus as the Lord of their life.  

As a missionary laboring in Christ’s vineyard, a key Scripture verse for Dominic has always been Galatians 2:20 - “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”