Our staff


Pastor Ted Diedrick



Pastor Ted served as vicar of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (GSLC) from 2008-2009. He served as vicar to Good Shepherd from 2008-09, and has served as pastor since July 2009. 

Before his venture into pastoral ministry, Pastor Diedrick was a corn plant breeder at Asgrow Seed Company.


  • GE: St. Mary's Catholic School

  • BA: Ohio State University

  • MA: University of MN - plant breeding

  • PhD: University of MN - genetics


Pastor Ted has been married to Jennifer since 1982. They have 5 grown children. Pastor Ted loves music—playing several instruments (and leading the Praise Team with Jennif, but, one of his true relaxation passions is gardening! Ted and Jennifer live in Columbus.



Melanie Appelquist

Director of Christian Education


Melanie started working at Good Shepherd in May of 2018. We are very excited to welcome her as the leader of youth and children at Good Shepherd and our surrounding community. 


  • B.A. - Concordia University St. Paul, MN

  • Certification - Director of Christian Education


Melanie and her husband Mark have been married since May 2008. They live in Blaine and have a son, Benjamin, born June 2018. 

She loves spending time with her family and crafting!


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Ann Wellmann

Office Administrator


Ann began working at Good Shepherd in September of 2018. Before that she worked for Camp Cherith, a Christian summer camp as their Administrative Manager. Her previous career was as a computer programmer at various companies in the Twin Cities.


  • B.A. - Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN


Ann is married to Chad and they have two children. Meghan is married to Benjamin and Aaron is married to Brittany and they have one son, Isaac.

Ann loves spending time in the Word and in Bible study with others, and enjoys cross country skiing and researching holistic health and wellness.


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