Get to know the ministry staff at The Beloved

Katie matson-Daley, Pastor

Who’s in your family?

Richard and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage next summer. My family is all in Minnesota, Richard’s parents, sisters, and nieces live in Jamaica. We love being Aunty and Uncle to Monalisa, Jordyn, Johanna and Frankie.

Where are you from and what did you like about it?

I grew up in Saint Louis Park, MN. I enjoyed working and volunteering as a teenager at Westwood Park Nature Center.

Where do you live now, and what do you like about it?

I just moved into Greater Eastside Saint Paul in the summer of 2020. I’m looking forward to connecting with the church and our neighbors as we get to know this part of the city.

What is something in ministry that you are passionate about, and why?

My ministry passion is community. By community I mean both the gathered community of the church, but also the larger community that the church finds itself in.

I believe that as we honor the gifts of different cultures and different people made in the image of God, we experience different aspects of God’s character. The Beloved excites me because multi-ethnicity is already baked into our DNA.

What’s a quote you find particularly meaningful?

"Seek the peace and well-being of the city to which I have sent you, pray for it, for if it prospers you will prosper" - Jeremiah 29:7

"Whenever I'm faced with a vulnerable situation, I get deliberate with my intentions by repeating this to myself: 'Don't shrink. don't puff up. Stand your sacred ground.' Saying this little mantra helps me remember not to get too small so other people are comfortable and not throw up my armor as a way to protect myself" - Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

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Isiah Dennis, Pastoral Intern

Who’s in your family?

I have 5 sisters and 2 brothers and in the order of birth I am the second oldest

Where are you from and what did you like about it?

My hometown is Saint Paul, MN. I'm born and raised in the Rondo Neighborhood (Summit-University Area). What I love about my city is the diversity and the chance to be able to explore and have a blend of the outdoors and urban life. What I love about my community is the feel of family and how we support one another.

Where do you live now, and what do you like about it?

I currently live in Falcon Heights and what I like about the area is the blend of rural and urban life.

What is something in ministry that you are passionate about?

I'm truly passionate about discipleship and seeing people grow in their walks with Christ. When I hear the great commission, I hear the call for us to "do life" with each other. Doing Life with each other means praying, checking in, hanging out, being honest about any area we struggle and getting the resources need and more. Most importantly, doing life is us helping each other be the people who, God called us to be.

What’s something outside of ministry that you are passionate about?

I love spoken word, movies and hanging out with family and friends.

What’s a quote you find particularly meaningful?

“If we can’t recognize the truth, then it cannot liberate us from untruth. To know the truth is to prepare for it; for it is not mainly reflection and theory. Truth is divine action entering our lives and creating the human action of liberation”- bell hooks

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Dixie Scruggs, Ministry Intern

Dixie is a Deacon candidate in the UMC and a graduate of Candler Theological Seminary, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Richard Matson-Daley, Worship and Tech Lead

Richard Matson-Daley is a graduate of Bethel Seminary and Macalester College.

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