Meet the CLNE team
Rev. Chatman is a nationally sought-after teacher of the church in the areas of multi-cultural leadership, community engagement and congregational revitalization. Prior to launching the CLNE, he served for 20 years as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church and as Executive Director of Redeemer Center.
Lonna is an experienced administrator who brings to CLNE a love for North Minneapolis as well as passion for vocational discernment, youth ministry and leadership, and building inclusive communities. Her prior experience includes program development and assessment, budget and grant management, and organizing collaborative initiatives. Previously Lonna served as a Program Associate for the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg University.
Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA
Piece in Our Time
Legal Services Advocacy Project
The Lutheran Center for Faith, Values and Community
Logos and Associates Consultant
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Marriage & Family Therapist
Nokomis Heights Lutheran
Dr. Bell brings years of experience in urban, multicultural settings in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, and as well as a passion for transformational education and youth development to his work with CLNE. In addition to CLNE, he is an Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries at University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and is focused on improving teacher education programs in order to prepare pre-service teachers and youth educators to successfully teach in increasingly diverse and multicultural contexts of learning.
Kelly has served as director of national and international programs addressing leadership development and empowerment for youth and young adults. She brings to her role extensive experience in community engagement and volunteer coordination in culturally diverse communities and holds a Master’s degree with a focus on nonprofit management and governance.
Deacon Dan brings years of experience in learning and leadership development into his call to service in the church and community. Prior to joining CLNE, Dan was a leader in corporate learning and leadership development, specializing in innovation skills. Dan recently completed his MDiv; he is new to Minneapolis and learning to love the neighbors and neighborhoods.
Richard Webb, M. Ed.
Richard is a well-known diversity professional who was instrumental in Augsburg University’s work to become one of the nation’s most racially and culturally diverse post-secondary institutions. Dedicated to organizational change, Richard is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and is certified in many areas of training. In 2019, Richard served as Director for Equity and Inclusion at Redeemer Center for Life before joining CLNE.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Don is the CEO of Twin Cities based non profit MicroGrants and Minneapolis School Board member. A graduate of Luther Seminary, Don was ordained in 2002, and shortly thereafter recruited by his neighbors to run for office. Don represented the 5th Ward on the Minneapolis City Council for 11 years, completing his service at the end of 2013 to pursue other ways to serve the community. Previously Don was a toy designer for 25 years, and a co-founder of the PEACE Foundation, now the Northside Achievement Zone.
A published writer and author, Jenney is a seasoned communications strategist with both corporate and entrepreneurial experience. A skilled facilitator, executive coach and writer/editor, Jenney is a 34-year resident of Minneapolis.