St. John the Baptist Catholic Church & School
835 2nd Ave NW New Brighton, MN 55112
Phone: 651-633-8333  |  Fax: 651-633-7404
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Staff Directory
Staff Organizational Chart

Office Phone: (651) 633-8333

Pastoral Ministry

Father Skluzacek, Pastor
Phone: ext.1213

Fr. Skluzacek was ordained a priest in 1980. He became pastor of St. John’s in 2006. He is our spiritual leader and is responsible for the pastoral care of the people of St. John the Baptist. 

Fr. Paul Shovelain, Parochial Vicar
Phone: ext.1214

Fr. Shovelain was ordained a priest in 2014. He became parochial vicar of St. John’s in 2016. Fr. Shovelain assists Fr. Skluzacek in the pastoral care of the people of St. John the Baptist.

Deacon Rod Palmer
Phone: ext.1298

Deacon Rod was ordained in 1999. Deacon Rod is active with our St. Vincent de Paul Outreach program and assists at weekend liturgies.

Deacon Peter D'Heilly
Phone: ext.1216

Deacon Peter was ordained in 1978. He assists at St. John’s with funerals.

Deacon Gary Schneider
Phone: ext.1288

Deacon Gary was ordained in 2008. He assists at St. John's at weekend liturgies.

Mary Hartz
Parish Nurse
Phone: ext. 1229

Mary is part of the ABLE program for "Assisting Better Lives for Elders". ABLE is a partnership between St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Benedictine Health Care Center at Innsbruck. The purpose of the program is to assist in meeting the needs of the elder parishioners in their own homes.


Mark Dittman
Parish Administrator
Phone: ext.1215

Mark oversees the finances and day-to-day business operations of the parish community.

Terri Blasiak
Sacramental Records/Administrative Assistant
Phone: ext.1219

Stacey Meyer

Phone: ext. 1239

 Michelle Chock 
Accounting Assistant
Phone: ext. 1224

Teri Shea
Facilities Coordinator
Phone: ext.1237

Teri reserves rooms for the various parish groups who meet in our pastoral center. Teri coordinates rentals for St. Joseph’s Hall. 

Bonnie Haik 
Phone: ext.1210

 Rita Arndorfer
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone: ext. 1220

Office of Discipleship and Mission

 Jessica Balzarini, Director
Phone: 651-633-1540 ext. 1228 

Adam Roeble
Director of Youth Ministry & Confirmation
Phone: 651-633-1540 ext.1218

Adam coordinates 7th Grade Faith Formation, Confirmation (a 2-year program normally beginning in 8th grade), and junior and senior high youth retreats and events.

 Mary Kohlhaas 
Family Faith Formation Coordinator
Phone: 651-633-1540 ext. 1234
 Jennifer Livermont
Sunday School
Phone: ext.1255

Jodie Wolla
Administrative Assistant
651-633-1540 ext. 1211

Worship & Music

Jay Hunstiger
Director of Worship
Phone: ext.1212

Jay is the music and liturgy director for the parish. He leads the music at three of the four weekend liturgies, funerals, weddings, holidays and holy days from the organ. He trains the lay ministers and prepares them for their liturgical duties. He also prepares the Mass leaflets, heads the Arts and Environment Committee, and directs the choir and schola.


Pat Hinnenkamp
Director of Maintenance
Phone: ext. 1203

The maintenance department goal is to provide a safe, secure and clean environment that is well maintained for our parishioners, staff, students and visitors of our campus.

Dave Blegen

Patavi Robinson

Children and Youth


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