Staff Leadership

Co-Lead Pastor
Rev. Leah Challberg, LGSW, MDiv

Pastor Leah is a Co-Lead Pastor at Northeast United Methodist Church in Northeast Minneapolis. Through her work in non-profits, faith communities, and health systems in the Twin Cities and Chicago metro, Leah has provided clinical social work and faith leadership in the areas of dementia, aging, chronic illness, resilience, and change management. Leah and her husband Jeff live down the street from the church with their dog-children Fred and Cody. She loves locally brewed beer, puns, and very amateur graphic design.

Contact her at: or 612.789.7462 

Co-Lead Pastor
Rev. Dr. Trevor Maine

Pastor Trevor Maine is a teacher and community organizer who integrates worship practices and discipleship training to create more just, integrated, and responsive communities. He serves as an adjunct professor in Religion and Communication Studies at Hamline University. Trevor holds a PhD in Theology from KU Leuven (Belgium) — where he and his family lived from 2010-2018. Since 2018, he has also served as a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church. Trevor and his wife Lindsey Bryant live in the Near North neighborhood of Minneapolis with their daughter, Mae (2) and a baby on the way. Lindsey and Trevor are passionate about writing, cooking, and gardening.

Contact him at: or 612.789.7462 

Worship Accompanist
Jiwon Lee

Jiwon Lee has extensive experience as a soloist and collaborative. A native of Korea, Jiwon earned the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance at the Keimyung University. Ms. Lee also holds the Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. Jiwon’s extensive teaching experience includes instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Seonghwa Girl’s High School, Donggok Elementary School, Dalseong County Youth Center and Keimyung University Community Service Investment Corporation Music virus business in Korea. Jiwon recently joined the piano faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and was a staff pianist with the String Academy of Wisconsin, KUMC as well as Milwaukee Ballet. Currently, she studies with Professor Lovelace at UMN for her DMA in collaborative piano program. 

Lay Leadership

In addition to everyone who leads and serves in multiple ways at our church, Northeast UMC is lucky to have a committed and creative group of lay leaders called the Servant Leadership Board.  If you would like to contact the board, please email to connect with them.