In March of 2016, Andrea Scharmer stepped into the position of Executive Director for U4C. Previously, she served as the Program Director of U4C for nearly 10 years. As Program Director she managed all of the daily operations of the organization including; the general administration and finances of the program, recruitment of students and oversight of the faculty and internship sites to maintain a rigorous academic experience for students. She will continue this work now as Executive Director.
Andrea's passion for the city started young; although she grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, she often asked her mom to take her on drives through downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis just to experience a bit of the urban energy. After college, Andrea's love of the people living in the city grew deeper working in the administrative offices for the early-childhood program Head Start of Ramsey County, MN. And that love grew deeper still once she started volunteering at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis. While volunteering at St. Paul's Andrea organized vacation Bible school for the neighborhood kids over the summer, ran a Wednesday night kid's club also for neighborhood kids, spearheaded a hat and mitten drive for those in need in conjunction with St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and even picked up kids for Sunday morning worship.
In 2005, as U4C was forming Andrea jumped on board as Program Director to help make the vision for the organization become a reality. And the rest is history...
Andrea graduated from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, with a degree in Sociology and Business Management. Her husband, Jedidiah Scharmer, is Lead Pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church of Monticello, MN, and together they have three kids and live in Big Lake, MN.
Carl and Cheryl Rich
Carl was born in Milwaukee, WI and moved to the Ventura Village neighborhood of Minneapolis when he was 9 years old. He graduated from South High School and then attended Dakota County Vo-Tech and later St. Cloud Vo-Tech School. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran became his home church; where he served as one of the elders for four years and where he met his wife Cheryl. Cheryl grew up on a dairy farm north of Plato, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Glencoe High School and studied at Winona State University and Southern Illinois University for her teaching degrees. They married in 1985. Four years later, they left for the Philippines and the mission field with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). In 1994, their son David was born in Manila, Philippines.
During the 23 years in the Philippines, Carl worked with the YWAM-Frontier Mission department conducting trainings and mobilizing churches for missions. Cheryl used her skills in the mission field starting kids programs, working with schools, and teaching missionary kids at Faith Academy. Since August 2011, the Rich family has been on home assignment serving with U4C.
As Resident Directors, Carl and Cheryl oversee all parts of the community life in the U4C house, including prayer, worship, service, fellowship, and family meals. In addition, they oversee the general maintenance of the U4C house.