The Diocesan Stewardship Advisory Council provides a foundation for developing stewardship as a living expression of Christian discipleship within our Diocese, our Area Catholic Communities, and our Parishes.


By focusing on hospitality, prayer, formation and service we will assist pastors, councils, and committees to grow in faith, hope and love of Jesus Christ and increase the numbers of faithful who are praying, getting involved in Catholic life, and contributing resources to their communities.


1. As a council, we commit to ongoing study of the principles of stewardship as found in the Scriptures, Church documents, and other resources. We will:

  • pray together at each meeting;
  • study the U.S. bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship and other books and articles;
  • annually attend a retreat, conference or workshop on stewardship.

2. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal will incorporate best practices in stewardship, including promoting an increase in prayer and involvement in Catholic life. We seek to: ◦ receive honest feedback regarding appeal efforts;

  • develop appropriate messaging for the bishop, priests, and other leaders;
  • create online and printed resource materials.

3. Acquire and develop spiritual and educational resources to enhance and support stewardship efforts throughout the diocese. We will: ◦ build collaborative relationships with church leaders as well as the faithful who want to grow in stewardship;

  • research what is working/not working in other places and what the needs are in our diocese;
  • provide resources for fostering stewardship in our diocese, ACCs, parishes, and homes.

4. Develop and sustain a team of presenters who can provide retreats, workshops, and talks on various topics of stewardship. We will: ◦ identify and train retreat leaders;

  • provide opportunities, including Stewardship Days, to learn best practices;
  • identify and train speakers on various topics of stewardship.

5. Equip leaders of stewardship throughout the diocese who can advocate for involvement in every level of ministry through prayer, participation, and/or contribution of resources.

Stewardship Advisory Council

Deacon Jeffrey Winkelman
Serves as a deacon for the Haven of Mercy Area Catholic Community and the parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes (Little Falls), St. Mary’s (Little Falls) and Holy Family (Belle Prairie). He has been in the Little Falls area for 11 years and served as a deacon for the last two years. He is married with four grown children. His interest in Stewardship stems from his desire to grow discipleship in the Church.

Randy Meyer
Randy is a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Alexandria since 2002 and serves on their stewardship committee. He is Plant Manager for ITW Heartland, a precision manufacturing company in Alexandria. Randy is married and has two daughters in college.

Ione Koep
Ione is a member of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Fergus Falls. She has served multiple ministries and chaired a number of committees including stewardship and the annual fish fry. She enjoys living in the country and has four grown children along with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Rev. Patrick Hoeft
Fr. Patrick is Parochial Vicar for Our Lady of Victory (Fergus Falls), St. Elizabeth’s (Elizabeth) and St. Leonard’s (Pelican Rapids). He was ordained in 2020.

Karen Renaud
Karen is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora where she has lived since 1997. She is active in her parish supporting various ministries. Karen is the laboratory manager at Welia Health, is married and has three grown children.

Rev. Mitchell Bechtold
Fr. Mitchell is Pastor of Christ the King (Clarissa), St. Joseph (Clarissa) and Christ the King Catholic School (Clarissa).

Darwin Elmquist
Darwin is a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Elk River. He is active in his parish and is manager of process engineering at Data Sciences International.

Katherine (Kay) Elmquist
Kay is a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Elk River. She is active in her parish and works as a hospice RN at Guardian Angels Elim Hospice in Elk River.

Rev. Thomas Knoblach
Fr. Tom is pastor of Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids and Annunciation in Mayhew Lake. He also serves as consultant for health care ethics for the Diocese of St. Cloud, and has a regular column in The Central Minnesota Catholic magazine.

Rev. Greg Paffel
Fr. Greg leads Parishes on the Prairie Area Catholic Community and is Pastor of St. Donatus (Brooten), St. Alexius (West Union), St. Francis DeSales (Belgrade), Sts. Peter and Paul, (Elrosa), Our Lady of Angels (Sauk Centre), St. Paul (Sauk Centre), and supports Holy Family School (Sauk Centre). Contributing to the work of Catholic Stewardship Consultants, he has given several retreats on “Stewardship” in a number of states.

George Sjogren
George is a member of St. John Cantius in St. Cloud. He co-hosts Maturing Disciples with George, Curt & Kevin on KYES Radio talking about stewardship, issues relating to our Catholic faith, and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. George is also the former director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

Dennis Werner
Dennis is a member of Mary of the Visitation parish in Big Lake/Becker. He is active in the parish as a catechist and usher. He has a wife and 2 children and works as a research scientist at Boston Scientific Corporation.


Joe Towalski
Director of Communications and Development for the Diocese of St. Cloud where he has worked since 2014. This is his second time working for the Diocese as he formerly was editor for the Visitor. He and his wife have two children.

Anna Kampa
Associate for the Office of Stewardship and Development of the Diocese of St. Cloud. She is a member of St. Anthony of Padua parish in St. Cloud. She is married and has two grown children.