Contact Us

The House of Hope Presbyterian Church
797 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-3392
Telephone: (651) 227-6311
Facsimile: (651) 227-9969


Jeff Foels
Associate Pastor for Education, Youth and Young Adults
Phone: (651) 223-7545

Jeff is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a Bachelor's degree in American Studies, Art History, and Religion, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Jeff has served as a chaplain intern for the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview; as a pastoral intern for First United Church of Oak Park, Illinois; as a Youth Program Director for First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater, Minnesota. He is an ordained elder in the PC(USA), and has served the denomination as a student representative to the Seminary Support Network and Theological Education Fund. While at McCormick, Jeff served as the student representative to the Board of Trustees, and received the Arthur A. Hays Fellowship in Church History and the Ellen and James Taylor Award for Preaching.  Jeff grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota and enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, list-making, and Twins baseball.


Julia A. Carlson
Associate Pastor for Spiritual Life and Care
Phone: (651) 223-7553

From 2010 until the present, Julia has served as a spiritual care counselor at Hazelden Treatment Center in Center City, Minnesota. Since her ordination in January of 2000, she has served as interim pastor and interim associate pastor at several churches in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and completed five units as a chaplain resident at Fairview Hospitals and Clinics, through their Clinical Pastoral Education program. Her many continuing education studies have included workshops in grief care, in leadership in times of anxiety, as well as the requisite interim ministry training. Of her work at Hazelden, Julia says, "I have presence: an open heart, a curious and lively mind, and ears to hear. I honed the presence of deep listening here, expanded my vocabulary for God and Spirit, and take part in the healing of souls."


Aaron David Miller
Director of Music / Organist
Phone:  (651) 223-7550

Aaron David Miller is a renowned organ improviser having won numerous international awards and given concerts across the country.  Dr. Miller’s performances have been heard on Pipe Dreams and numerous television programs.  His orchestra works have been performed by such ensembles as the Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Zurich Symphony, and numerous new music ensembles.  His organ, choral and orchestra compositions are published by Augsburg Fortress, Paraclete Publishing, Morningstar Publications, and Oxford University Press.  Dr. Miller was the featured artist at the National AGO convention held in Houston, TX of 2016.  In addition to many performance prizes, Dr. Miller was recipient of the 2004 Hellenikon Idyllion Prize for Composition, Athens, Greece.


Matt Culloton
Phone:  (651) 223-7543

Dr. Matthew Culloton is the Choirmaster at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. He is also the Founding Artistic Director of The Singers, a 40-voice professional choir based in the Twin Cities. He holds degrees from Concordia College (B.M) and the University of Minnesota (M.M. & D.M.A.). Matthew is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Saint Thomas and conducted the University of Minnesota Women'’s Chorus from 2008-2011. In 2004, he received the MN ACDA Outstanding Young Choral Conductor of the Year Award. In 2003, he received the VocalEssence/ACDA of Minnesota Creative Programming Award. As a composer, Matthew has been commissioned to compose for the Dale Warland Singers, Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, and the MMEA All-State Choir. He is editor of the "Christmas with The Singers Choral Series" published by MorningStar Music Publishers and co-editor of the "Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series" with Santa Barbara Publishing Company. 


Sofia Ardalan
Choir School Director
Phone: (651) 223-7548

 Sofia Ardalan, Director, House of Hope Choir School, oversees the five ensembles of the Choir School program (link to choir school page?), and conducts three of the choirs. She has lead the Choir School in performances of several large choral works including Vivaldi’s Gloria, Galuppi’s Dixit Dominus and Cantata BWV 4 by JS Bach. A former chorister herself, Ms. Ardalan is dedicated to the idea that all children can, and should sing.


David Johnson


Dave  was appointed carillonneur in 1993. He is active in The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and has performed recitals throughout the United States. He was an elected member of The Guild's board of directors from 1999 to 2005, was again elected in 2010, has served on various committees, was its recording secretary for ten years, and in June 2010 was elected its president. Dave received his B.A. from Hamline University, M.A. from Stanford University and Ph.D. in American Intellectual History from the University of Kansas. He is the author of two histories of Hamline, a 150th anniversary history of House of Hope and a 50th anniversary history of Presbyterian Homes and Services of Minnesota.  He taught history at Kansas Wesleyan University, the University of Kansas and Pacific Lutheran University.


Sarah Garner
Music Associate

Sarah comes to us from Cross View Lutheran Church in Edina.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music and a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University.  Sarah has been an active member of the American Guild of Organists serving as Dean of the Central Iowa Chapter and serving on the Executive Board of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  Sarah will be working with Sofia Ardalan supporting the choir school and leading our handbell ensembles.


Doug Snaza
Director of Youth Ministry
Phone: (651) 223-7549

 Doug has served in various capacities with Camp Clearwater Forest, from being a counselor when he was in college to being the Program Director the past few years. He started the Camp-in-a-Van program, and has been a wonderful presence at so many of the middle school fall retreats and the winter snow camps. He is a lifelong Presbyterian, having grown up at North Como Presbyterian Church, and attended trips and programs with The House of Hope when he was attending Central High School. Since 2010, Doug has been the Director of Christian Education at The Federated Church of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, where he has led the youth, overseen Sunday School, trained teachers, led mission trips, and immersed himself in the community--from coaching gymnastics to playing soccer to teaching chess at the library. Doug has a warm, welcoming, fun, and thoughtful approach, engaging with youth at all levels, and making everyone feel included. We look forward to the ways that Doug and all our youth, parents, volunteers, and leaders will shape youth ministry at The House of Hope.


Kiera Stegall
Director of Children and Family Ministry
Phone:  (651) 223-7547

Kiera has served children and families in a variety of teaching and ministry roles since 2003, including in churches programmatically similar to House of Hope. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries, Bible, and Children’s Ministries. She enjoys exploring Scripture with children, as they learn to be responsible interpreters of these narratives, and she creates opportunities for children and families to partner in seeking social justice, as they learn that their call to action stems from their faith. Kiera enjoys storytelling and most recently has been part of a team of teaching artists at Stepping Stone Theater to help children bring stories to life on stage.


Diane K. Smith
Director of Administration
Phone:  (651) 223-7554

Michelle Freyholtz
Administrative Manager
Phone:  (651) 223-7556

Jan Dickinson
Wedding Coordinator

Jim Brezezinski
Facilities Manager
Phone: (651) 223-7559

Shelley Baumgart
Facility Staff
Phone: (651) 223-7552

Dan Frankfurth
Facility Staff, Lead
Phone: (651) 223-7552

David Goudzwaard-Vaught
Executive Assistant for Pastors and Programs
Phone: (651) 223-7541

Anne Mitchell
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (651) 223-7555

Debbie Tschida
Administrative Assistant/Front Desk
Phone: (651) 223-7540

Dioni Young
Facility Staff
Phone: (651) 223-7552