Staff

Dennis Sanders is a native of Flint, Michigan, the son of two retired autoworkers. He went to Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism.

Dennis graduated in 2001 from Luther Seminary and was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2002. From 2004 to 2007, Dennis was the founding pastor of Community of Grace Christian Church in St. Paul. From 2008 until 2013 Dennis was Associate Pastor at First Christian Church in Minneapolis.

He lives with his husband Daniel in Minneapolis with their three cats Carlos and Henri and Pedro. You can follow Dennis at his blog A Clockwork Pastor where he blogs on faith and autism.


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Luke Swanger

Lead Musician

Born in rural western Pennsylvania, Luke Swanger began his piano studies at the age of four. He attended Johnson State College in Vermont where he studied with Diane Huling. While there, he completed a B.A. in piano performance and also accompanied the Cambridge Classic Chorale. His studies continued with Eli Kalman at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. There, he discovered a love for chamber music while working as a collaborator and accompanist. In the summer of 2011 he was the co-winner of the annual Rocky Ridge Concerto Competition (Estes Park, CO). He completed an M.M. in performance with Sergio Gallo at Georgia State University and has since relocated to South Minneapolis.

Luke recently joined the keyboard faculty at the MacPhail Center for Music. His passion for music serves as an inspiration to his students and through his support he helps them achieve their goals. Luke’s wide teaching experience includes instruction as a graduate assistant at GSU, as an employee for the Community Music Centers of Atlanta, and continues as a private instructor. He lives with his wife, Adia in Minneapolis.

Chris Wogaman is the organist at First Christian Church.  He has served as a supply pastor at various churches in the Twin Cities as well as freelance Digital Book Architect for Fortress Press. Chris has received degrees from Lawrence and Yale Universities and the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. He is awaiting first call as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Among his musical and creative pursuits, Chris writes hymns for various congregations and sung lower bass with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus and OneVoice Mixed Chorus.