Staff and Clergy



Rev. Marci Jamison


Rev. Rich Johnson, Assistant Pastor
651-329-1938 (cell)

Richard W. Johnson (Pastor Rich) , our assistant pastor, joined the Fairmount staff in 2007 when Cleveland Avenue UMC merged with Fairmount Avenue. Pastor Rich provides pastoral care by calling on the homebound and sick, shares the teaching of the Adult Sunday school class and preaches when Rev. Jamison is away. Pastor Rich is a graduate of the University of MN and Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul. He is a gifted Bible teacher and spiritual counselor. He served American Baptist congregations for twenty-five years before coming into the United Methodist family in 2002. He has also worked as a chaplain at the Stevens Square Residence, North Memorial Medical Center and Courage Center in Golden Valley. He has facilitated the Eight-Stage Healing Process for families of the mentally ill and families of loved ones with physical disabilities. Pastor Rich and his wife Debra have been foster parents and have hosted many international high school students.


Sharon Weber, Administrator bio
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 10 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 16 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.


Susan Bergmann, Director of Children/Youth

Susan Bergmann seeks opportunities for our preschoolers through 12th graders to engage in the practice of our faith. She encourages the children, youth, and adult volunteers to not only learn about Scripture and Tradition, but to use their Experience and Reason to ask questions and apply the lessons for today. She believes that having our children and youth become compassionate individuals and “to do good whenever and wherever they can” (John Wesley) is of great importance. Susan also serves as one of the camp leaders for the Conference Adventure Day Camp at Lake Elmo and is active with the MN Christian Educators Fellowship. Susan received her BA from Macalester College and an MS from the University of MN. Her husband, Curt, and two girls have enjoyed being members of FAUMC for over 10 years.


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.”


Emmalee Johnson, Followers Youth Choir Director


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.