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Our Team

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Benjamin Heidgerken

Chair of the Board

Ben has provided visionary leadership and scholarly work on the Cloud of Witnesses project. He teaches theology in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, currently at the St. Paul Seminary, University of St. Thomas Theology department, and St. Olaf College. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Dayton.

Read more about Ben here.

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Kris Follmer


Kristopher lives in the Twin Cities area with degrees in philosophy, theology, and business. Kris is passionate about Jesus's teachings on social justice, truth, authority, and their practical applications within United States culture and politics. Kris is married with three children and works in strategic operations.

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Derrick Crim

Board Member

Derrick Crim, Ed.D, LADC is currently Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University, Adjunct Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, and Spiritual Care Professional at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. In addition to being a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Dr. Crim is a Certified Prevention Professional Reciprocal (CPPR), which focuses on a family model of healthy decision-making for children, adolescents, and young adults. He has his BA in Human Services from Metropolitan State University, completed his Masters in Counseling and Addiction Studies at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Graduate School of Addiction Studies, and received his Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. In addition, he completed a Masters in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) from the St. Paul Seminary & School of Divinity. Dr. Crim is married, has a 20-year-old daughter, and attends Edinbrook Church in Brooklyn Park, MN.

Read more about Derrick here.

Jon Swanson

Board Member

Jonathan has degrees in philosophy and theology from St. Olaf College. He is interested in theological frameworks, ethics, and the intersection between theory and experience. He lives in the Twin Cities with his spouse and children.

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Erin Wee


Erin, a Catholic wife, mother, and artist, created all of the Cloud of Witnesses images. She is the Marketing and Admissions Director for Nativity of Mary School.

With an Art & Communication degree from the College of St. Benedict she has always had a passion for using art as a way to communicate.

Heidi Moore

Board Member & Website Designer

Heidi has a bachelor's degree in international business and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas. Her professional background is in market research and project management. She currently serves on a school human dignity committee (focused on supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the community) and she also applies a DEI lens to her work on the school advisory council.


Heidi has always had an interest in other cultures and has recently been drawn to learning more about the great diversity and intellectual depth of the Catholic Church. She lives in Bloomington, Minnesota with her husband and three young children.

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